Natalie Kalmus (posthumously)
The Progress Medal, established in 1935, honors the individual by recognizing outstanding technical contributions to the progress of engineering phases of the motion picture, television, or motion imaging industries.
The 2020 Progress Medal is awarded to Natalie Kalmus, in recognition of her pioneering contribution to motion picture color. As co-founder of the Technicolor Motion Picture Corporation, Kalmus helped to develop the Technicolor process, a groundbreaking innovation that had an unparalleled impact on filmmaking. She worked on more than 400 films, including The Wizard of Oz, as color director, ensuring that the Technicolor process was used to its fullest extent to enhance and not detract from the story. Kalmus, the self-described “Ringmaster to the Rainbow,” was an exemplary role model, especially for young women.