Five alumni of New York University’s Kanbar Institute of Film & Television at the Tisch School of the Arts are among the nominees of the 82st Academy Awards. The alumni are nominated in the categories of Best Motion Picture, Original Screenplay, Adapted Screenplay, Achievement in Film Editing, Achievement in Sound Editing, and Foreign Language Film.
The alumni nominees are:
- Joel Coen ‘78 (BFA, F&TV), for A Serious Man: Best Picture and Original Screenplay
- Geoffrey Fletcher ‘99 (MFA, Film), for Precious: Adapted Screenplay
- Sally Menke ‘77 (BFA, F&TV), for Inglorious Basterds: Achievement in Film Editing
- Gwendolyn Yates Whittle ‘84 (BFA, F&TV), for Avatar: Achievement in Sound Editing
- Juan Campanella ‘78 (MFA, Film), for El Secreto de Sus Ojos: Foreign Language Film
The 82nd Annual Academy Awards telecast will take place Sunday, March 7. Tisch School alumnus Alec Baldwin ‘94 (BFA, Drama) and Steve Martin will team up as co-hosts.
The Kanbar Institute of Film & Television at the Tisch School of the Arts provides an intensive and professional education in filmmaking. The program shared first place in recent U.S. News and World Report rankings of the nation’s film programs; since 1992, sixteen Student Academy Award gold medals have been presented to NYU student filmmakers by the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences. And at the Sundance Film Festival, the premiere showcase for independent film, not only is Tisch consistently represented among the approximately 200 films screened every year. Moreover, at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, thesis student Cary Fukunaga won the Directing Award in the U.S. Dramatic competition for his film Sin Nombre, which also received the Excellence in Cinematography Award. Approximately 150 graduate and 1,050 undergraduate film students pursue degrees in film and television production, photography, cinema studies, dramatic writing, and interactive telecommunications. Distinguished alumni of the Kanbar Institute include Joel Coen, Chris Columbus, Billy Crystal, Martha Coolidge, Ernest Dickerson, Amy Heckerling, Jim Jarmusch, Ang Lee, Spike Lee, Brett Ratner, Nancy Savoca, Martin Scorsese, Susan Seidelman, and Oliver Stone, among many others.