Prince Albert tried to suppress his fear of giving a live speech on the radio. Afterall, the entire British Empire — or half the world in 1925 — would hear his stutter. For his portrayal of Prince Albert, Colin Firth took home the Oscar for Best Actor. But, without the camera lenses that captured in detail the movements and slightest gestures even in difficult lighting, no one would have been able to so clearly recognize his acting abilities.
Natalie Portman was voted Best Actress for her role in Black Swan which often was set in the dark. Very high speed lenses are used to capture such scenes. In both movies, the ZEISS Master Prime lenses ensured that the mood generated largely in natural light fully and clearly comes across on screen. With their high light intensity, these lenses demonstrate that they are ready for the Oscars.
This was not the first year in which six nominees for Best Movie, including the winner The King's Speech, were filmed with ZEISS lenses. Slumdog Millionaire (2009), No Country for Old Men (2008) and The Departed (2007) won the top prize at the Academy Awards. The final installment of The Lord of the Rings trilogy took home the most gold in 2004. The Return of the King, which cameraman Andrew Lesnie filmed with ZEISS lenses, garnered 11 Oscars.
March 9, 2011