Year: 1978 (51st) Academy Awards
Category: Honorary Award
Winner: To The Museum of Modern Art Department of Film for the contribution it has made to the public's perception of movies as an art form. (accepted by MoMA Director Richard E. Oldenburg and MoMA President Mrs. John D. Rockefeller III)
Presenter: Gregory Peck
Date & Venue: April 9, 1979; Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
RICHARD E. OLDENBURG:
Thank you. When the museum was founded fifty years ago, very few people shared the perception of its first director, Alfred Barr, that film was a major new art form. That this seems self-evident now is importantly due to the pioneering work of our Department of Film. Film continues to be one of the liveliest of the arts and we're committed to the films of today as we are to the preserving of the films of the past.
This award properly belongs to the members of the department throughout its history. From Iris Barry, its founder and first curator, through to the present: Eileen Bowser, Adrienne Mancia, Mary Lea Bandy and her colleagues. They have all had in common dedication, knowledge, and above all, sheer love of motion pictures. Others have helped, and I cannot imagine a better example than Blanchette Rockefeller.
MRS. JOHN D. ROCKEFELLER III:
I would like to express special gratitude to the wide community of people within the film world and outside it who have given support and encouragement in more ways than I can mention. This marvelous and deeply appreciated tribute from the Academy is a tribute to all of them as well. Thank you most warmly.
© Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
[Note: All winners are present except where noted; NOT all winners may have spoken.]