John A. Bonner Medal of Commendation

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John A. Bonner Medal of Commendation
Awarded for Outstanding service and dedication in upholding the high standards of the Academy
Country United States
Presented by Academy Board of Governors
First awarded 1977
Website www.oscars.org/sci-tech-awards/john-bonner-medal-commendation

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awards the John A. Bonner Medal of Commendation upon the recommendation of its Scientific and Technical Awards Committee. The medal is awarded with a citation reading "in appreciation for outstanding service and dedication in upholding the high standards of the Academy." The inaugural Medal of Commendation was given at the 50th Academy Awards, in April 1978, and is given irregularly. [1]

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Naming

The medal was originally called the Medal of Commendation but was named in 1997 for the American sound engineer John A. Bonner who served for several years as the governor of the academy's Sound Branch; and as chair of its Scientific and Technical Awards Committee and its Theater Sound Inspection Committee. [1] Bonner had also been the director of special projects at Warner-Hollywood Studios. The president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Arthur Hiller said that no person "...better represents the concept of service and dedication to the Academy" than Bonner and that he was "...dedicated to the Academy for more than 30 years. His devotion to the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater was legendary and his commitment to the Academy was simply extraordinary." [1]

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Recipients

Gordon E. Sawyer was sound director at Samuel Goldwyn Productions. He won 3 Oscars for Best Sound and was nominated a further 13 times.

John O. Aalberg was a Hollywood sound technician who worked on films including Citizen Kane and It's a Wonderful Life. He was a ten-time Oscar nominee, and received three technical awards from the Academy.

Linwood G. Dunn, A.S.C. was a pioneer of visual special effects in motion pictures and inventor of related technology. Dunn worked on many films and TV series, including the original 1933 King Kong (1933), Citizen Kane (1941), and Star Trek (1966–69).

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