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55th Anniversary of the DP70 Academy Award
The exhibition "And the Oscar goes to ... Philips". 2 March to 13 May, 2018, Philips Museum, Eindhoven, Holland

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Written by: Philips Museum, Eindhoven, Holland. Pictures by: Christ Clijsen, © Twycer, and used with permission Date: 08.03.2018
The Oscar is on display, together with DP70 1656. Opening, March 1 2018, of the retrospective exhibition "And the Oscar goes to... Philips" in the Philips Museum in Eindhoven.

In 1963, exactly 55 years ago, Philips received a special honor. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awarded a golden 'technical Oscar' to Philips for the development of an innovative widescreen film projector, the DP70. On the occasion of the 90th Oscar presentation, the DP70 and the Golden Academy Award will be presented to the public at the Philips Museum for the first time from 2 March 2018.

Film producer Michael Todd, the husband of film actress Elizabeth Taylor, asked Philips in 1954 to develop a film projector for his Todd-AO widescreen film. Jan Kotte, head constructor of the Philips Cinemagroep, went to work with his team and developed the DP70. This film projector was suitable for both the normal 35mm and the 70mm widescreen films. "The projector became legendary because of its ingenious construction, ease of operation and image quality," says curator Sergio Derks. "The projector remained in use for decades at cinemas around the world. Because of the great success, the DP70 quickly got the nickname 'Dollar Princess'. The Oscar was the crowning achievement at work. "
 
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Opening, March 1 2018, of the retrospective exhibition "And the Oscar goes to... Philips" in the Philips Museum in Eindhoven.

At the Oscar presentation of 1963, 2,500 guests were present, including film stars such as Sophia Loren, Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn. Three Philips employees were also present to receive the award. Host of the evening was Frank Sinatra. The Philips Museum shows photos of it and tells the story behind this special achievement. The Golden Technical and Scientifical Academy Award is also present. Sergio Derks: "It is the first time this Oscar has been shown to the general public. So whoever wants to see this special statue is most welcome at the Philips Museum. "

The exhibition "And the Oscar goes to ... Philips" can be seen from 2 March to 13 May. Entrance with access card. Entrance tickets are free for Museum card holders.
 
 
Anton Kotte told the story about the DP70, his father and the Academy Award. Opening, March 1 2018, of the retrospective exhibition "And the Oscar goes to... Philips" in the Philips Museum in Eindhoven.
 
 
Emiel de Jong (right), owner of the DP70 #1656. The audience thought it was quite funny that the machine normally resides in the middle of my living room. Opening, March 1 2018, of the retrospective exhibition "And the Oscar goes to... Philips" in the Philips Museum in Eindhoven.

 
 
Anton Kotte told the story about the DP70, his father and the Academy Award. Opening, March 1 2018, of the retrospective exhibition "And the Oscar goes to... Philips" in the Philips Museum in Eindhoven.
 
 
Some scale models are on display too, gifts from Philips to Jan Kotte, of the FP3 and beautifully detailed of the EL5000, the portable 16mm. Opening, March 1 2018, of the retrospective exhibition "And the Oscar goes to... Philips" in the Philips Museum in Eindhoven.
 
 
   
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