DuPont Innovation & the Science of Movies

DuPont News, February 24, 2012
Picture of an Academy Award trophy.


Movie stars, film clips and long acceptance speeches.  These are a few of the things you can expect to see at the 84th annual Academy Awards broadcast live on TV and online this Sunday, Feb. 26.

But what you may not know is that DuPont has two Academy Awards, the movie industry’s most prestigious, coveted honor. This little known fact is testimony to our long heritage of innovation and collaboration – and our historic link to the science of movies.

DuPont’s involvement with films and photographic supplies began in the 1910s when company leaders suggested making film base as an outlet for excess nitrocellulose. DuPont’s color film was introduced in 1927 and, over time, captured half the Hollywood market.

In 1931, DuPont received one of the first Scientific & Technical awards ever presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.  DuPont Film Manufacturing Corporation and Eastman Kodak Company were awarded for super-sensitive panchromatic film, while Electrical Research Products, Inc., RCA-Photophone, Inc., and RKO Radio Pictures, Inc., received awards for noise reduction recording.  These Class I awards were presented for basic achievements which influence the advancement of the industry as a whole. DuPont received a certificate of merit with names engraved on a permanent statuette that is kept at the Academy.

Then, in 1943, DuPont’s Photo Products Department received a Class II (plaque) Scientific & Technical award from the academy for the development of fine-grain motion picture films.

Learn more about DuPont and film.