Nominated for an Oscar in the category Best Camera: Anthony Dod Mantle during the shooting of “Slumdog Millionaire” in Mumbai

Did You Know…

…that You Can Win an Oscar with ZEISS?

“And the Oscar goes to…” The audience of more than 3,000 stars and starlets anxiously holds its breath as Australian actor Hugh Jackman solemnly prepares to declare the winner. Not daring to make a sound, they await the answer to the most important question of the evening: Who will take home one of the 34-centimeter tall, gleaming golden trophies? It is not just any old night in Los Angeles – it is the night of the Academy Awards.

In addition to world-famous stars such as Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, and Meryl Streep being in attendance at the 81st presentation of the most coveted film prizes in the world on February 22, ZEISS was there as well. What was the technology leader in the field of camera and cine lenses doing in Los Angeles? ZEISS equips film cameras with first-class objective lenses - including the cameras used to make movies with multiple nominations such as “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “Slumdog Millionaire,” and “The Baader Meinhof Complex.”

For “Slumdog Millionaire,” inventors at ZEISS came up with something really unique: modified ZEISS cine lenses optimized shooting of the movie in Mumbai, India, that earned ten Academy Award nominations. One of the Oscar nominations was for “Best Camera”. If there were a Best Camera Lens category, “Slumdog Millionaire” would probably have been in the running for eleven of the treasured golden statues.

9 February 2009