Photo by Deverill Weekes Dick Smith

PROGRAM CHANGE (as of May 18, 2009)
The event is no longer free: It’s $5 for the general public and $3 for academy members and students with a valid ID.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is hosting “A Special Tribute to Dick Smith” this summer, with Rick Baker as master of ceremonies. The event will be held June 17, 2009, in the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Los Angeles. Members of Local 706, the West Coast union members, are invited, and the public is welcome to attend.

Smith, who began his career in 1945 as NBC’s first make-up man, has several film and TV credits to his name, including The Godfather, The Exorcist and Taxi Driver; he won an Oscar® for his work on Amadeus. The tribute will feature guests who have worked with, or been influenced by Smith, including director Guillermo Del Toro, actor Hal Holbrook and make-up artists Richard Taylor, Greg Cannom, Kazuhiro Tsuji, Kevin Haney, Andrew Clement, Mike Elizalde, Tom Woodruff, Alec Gillis, Shane Mahan, John Rosengrant, Lindsay McGowan and Alan Scott. Appearances by director Peter Jackson and actress Linda Blair are pending.

Leonard Engelman, governor of the academy’s make-up and hairstylist branch, will open the show and introduce Baker.

The academy will be taping the ceremony and plans to assemble a collection of highlights for its Web site. Selected video will also be posted on Smith’s official Web site,

The event begins at 7:30 p.m. Film clips of Smith’s work will be interspersed throughout the program and Smith will speak last. The theater is located at 8949 Wilshire Blvd. in Beverly Hills, California. Admission is free; beginning June 1, reservations can be made through