Hollywood, Calif. /Rochester, N.Y. - Sunday was a big night in Hollywood as the 84th annual Academy Awards were handed out.
Rochester had an indirect 15 seconds of fame as Kodak got a couple of not-so-discreet mentions from host Billy Crystal: “We're here tonight at the Chapter 11 Theater,” and a few minutes later, “Welcome back, tonight at the 'Your Name Here Theatre'…”
Some may have been amused, but the party guests at the George Eastman House didn't care for the jabs about Kodak's loss of the naming rights for the theater where the Oscars are held.
The wounds are still a little fresh from Kodak's bankruptcy in January.
“It’s sad Kodak is not there anymore,” said Mary Worboys-Turner. “There are new possibilities in the future for Kodak.”
“We’ve always celebrated the fact that throughout the history of the Oscars, we've always had a wonderful connection to Kodak,” Eliza Kozlowski said. “So in Rochester, we're very proud."
Of the nine best picture nominees this year, seven were shot on Kodak film.