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Distinguished Career Achievement Award

The deadline for submissions is July 31, 2018, 5:00PM CT.


The Distinguished Career Achievement Award was established to recognize and celebrate the achievements of established scholars in cinema and media studies. Nominations for the SCMS Distinguished Career Achievement Award are invited from the membership each year.

Nominees are judged on the following criteria:

  • A record of distinguished contributions to the profession;
  • A significant body of scholarly work over time that has helped shape the field;
  • Active membership in SCMS for a number of years.


A completed nomination form containing the name of the nominee, his/her affiliation, mailing address, e-mail address and supporting comments about the nominee along with the contact name and e-mail address(es) for the person(s) who is nominating the individual for the award must be submitted online by July 31, 2018, 5:00PM CT. The nomination statement should be under 1000 words.  

Past winners of the SCMS Distinguished Career Achievement Award
(Acceptance speeches from recent DCAA winners can be read and/or viewed here.)

2006:  B. Ruby Rich and Peter Wollen
2007:  Richard Dyer 
2008:  Thomas Elsaesser 
2009:  E. Ann Kaplan
2010:  Teresa de Lauretis 
2011:  Dudley Andrew
2012:  Vivian Sobchack
2013:  Linda Williams
2014:  Richard Abel
2015:  Tom Gunning
2016:  Rick Altman
2017:  Michele Hilmes
2018:  Jane Gaines


Formerly Honorary Membership Award

1997:  William K Everson
1998:  Jack C. Ellis
1999:  Kevin Brownlow
2000:  Rudolf Arnheim
2001:  Laura Mulvey
2002:  Robin Wood
2003:  Noel Burch
2004:  David Shepard
2005:  Pearl Bowser and Stuart Hall

Iris Barry 
Eileen Bowser 
Stan Brakhage 
Ernest Callenbach 
William K. Everson 
Frances Flaherty 
Lewis Jacobs 
Arthur Knight 
Jay Leyda 
Christian Metz 
Annette Michelson 
Jean Mitry 
Erwin Panofsky 
Amos Vogel 

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