Birdman - Wins Best Picture Oscar®

Shot using CW Sonderoptic's Leica Summilux C-Lenses

On the night of 22th February, 2015 the 87th Annual Academy Awards® took place in Los Angeles. One of the big winners was the Film Birdman with four Oscar Awards®. The film was shot through CW Sonderoptic's Leica Summilux C-Lenses, which already had won the Scientific and Engineering Award® on 8th February. Birdman received the Oscars® for the Best Picture, Original Screenplay, achievement in cinematography and best director.

Photo by Alison Rosa. © 2014 Twentieth Century Fox
Photo by Alison Rosa. © 2014 Twentieth Century Fox

Scenes from the Science and Technology Awards®


Development Team of the Leica Summilux-C Lenses Receives the Scientific and Engineering Award®

At the beginning of February, the development team at CW Sonderoptic GmbH has been honored with the Scientific and Engineering Award® from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the prestigious film industry accolade for technical products and innovations, for the Leica Summilux-C (Cine) lenses. On February 08th the Academy presented the Academy Plaque® to Iain Neil (optical design) and André de Winter (mechanical design) in Los Angeles in the course of a gala evening at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. With the Science and Technology Awards, the Academy honors individuals and companies whose inventions and innovations make a significant and lasting contribution to the further development of the motion picture industry. Every year the Academy presents the awards two weeks before the Oscars® are awarded for the best movies, best actors and actresses, best directors, and best camera.

The development of the Leica Summilux-C lenses fulfills a long-standing dream of numerous camera operators and creative cinematographers around the globe: the transfer of the extraordinary image qualities of Leica photography to the medium of motion pictures, enabling cinematographers to open up new creative dimensions. The Leica Summilux-C lenses are designed and constructed by CW Sonderoptic GmbH in Wetzlar, Germany, an affiliate of Leica Camera AG. The long-standing partnership between the two companies enables intensive exchange of experience, technical expertise, and manufacturing methods that guarantee the imaging performance and characteristics for which Leica lenses are renowned.

About CW Sonderoptic

CW Sonderoptic GmbH is an internationally active manufacturer of premium lenses for movie and television productions and operates under the Leica brand name. The company currently manufactures two product lines for global distribution, the Summilux-C (T1.4) und Summicron-C (T2.0) lenses. CW Sonderoptic GmbH is positioned in the premium segment of the respective markets and delivers innovations that set new standards in creative imaging. The headquarters of CW Sonderoptic GmbH are located in the city of Wetzlar, in the state of Hesse, Germany.

More about CW Sonderoptic here.

Watch the video of the Award ceremony:

Read an interview with the Designers of the Leica Summilux-C Lenses here.