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Special Achievement Academy Award

The Special Achievement Award is an Academy Award given for an achievement that makes an exceptional contribution to the motion picture for which it was created, but for which there is no annual award category. Such award shall only be conferred, however, for achievements in productions that also qualify as an eligible release for distinguished achievements and meet the Academy's eligibility year and deadlines requirements.

Award recipients

This table displays the individuals who received the Special Achievement Oscar for their contributions to film. The category was inaugurated in 1972 and discontinued in 1995; Toy Story was the last Special Achievement award given at the Oscars.
Year Recipient(s) Achievement Film
1972 (45th) L. B. Abbott
A. D. Flowers
Visual Effects The Poseidon Adventure
1974 (47th) Frank Brendel
Glen Robinson
Albert Whitlock
1975 (48th) Peter Berkos Sound Effects The Hindenburg
Albert Whitlock
Glen Robinson
Visual Effects
1976 (49th) Carlo Rambaldi
Glen Robinson
Frank Van der Veer
King Kong
L. B. Abbott
Glen Robinson
Matthew Yuricich
Logan's Run
1977 (50th) Ben Burtt Alien, Creature and Robot Voices Star Wars
Frank E. Warner Sound Effects Editing Close Encounters of the Third Kind
1978 (51st) Les Bowie
Colin Chilvers
Denys Coop
Roy Field
Derek Meddings
Zoran Perisic
Visual Effects Superman
1979 (52nd) Alan Splet Sound Editing The Black Stallion
1980 (53rd) Brian Johnson
Richard Edlund
Dennis Muren
Bruce Nicholson
Visual Effects The Empire Strikes Back
1981 (54th) Ben Burtt
Richard L. Anderson
Sound Effects Editing Raiders of the Lost Ark
1983 (56th) Richard Edlund
Dennis Muren
Ken Ralston
Phil Tippett
Visual Effects Return of the Jedi
1984 (57th) Kay Rose Sound Effects Editing The River
1987 (60th) Stephen Flick
John Pospisil
1988 (61st) Richard Williams Animation Direction Who Framed Roger Rabbit
1990 (63rd) Eric Brevig
Rob Bottin
Tim McGovern
Alex Funke
Visual Effects Total Recall
1995 (68th) John Lasseter First Feature-Length Computer-Animated Film Toy Story
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