Oscar season is always an exciting time for students and faculty in the Kanbar Institute as they wait and watch to see which films will walk away with the honors. But this year’s Oscar excitement is palpable with the first Kanbar student to ever co-host the Academy Awards ceremony as well as a record number of nominations for Tisch School community members.
The first NYU student to host an Academy Award ceremony is James Franco ’11 (MFA candidate, Kanbar, Film), who is also an Oscar nominee this year. He will share hosting responsibilities with Anne Hathaway. In addition, 15 members of the Tisch community have been nominated for the prestigious award, including alumnus Joel Coen ’78 with three nominations as director, writer, and producer.
The Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2010 will take place Sunday, Feb. 27, and will be televised live on ABC at 8 p.m. ET.
The Tisch nominees are:
Actor in a Leading Role
James Franco ’11 (MFA Candidate, Kanbar, Film) in 127 Hours
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, set decoration: Stephanie McMillan ’87 (BFA, Kanbar, F&TV)
The Social Network, Producers: Scott Rudin (Dean’s Council), Michael De Luca ’95 (BFA, Kanbar, F&TV)
True Grit, Producers: Scott Rudin (Dean’s Council), Joel Coen ’78 (BFA, Kanbar, F&TV)
True Grit, Joel Coen ’78 (BFA, Kanbar, F&TV)
Waste Land, Lucy Walker ’98 (MFA, Kanbar, Film)
The Fighter, Pamela Martin ’90 (BFA, Kanbar, F&TV)
Short Film (Live Action)
God of Love, Luke Matheny ’10 (MFA, Kanbar, Film)
Tron: Legacy, Gwendolyn Yates Whittle ’84 (BFA, Kanbar, F&TV)
Inception, Lora Hirschberg ’85 (BFA, Kanbar, F&TV)
Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Toy Story 3, screenplay by Michael Arndt ’87 (BFA, Kanbar, F&TV);
True Grit, written for the screen by Joel Coen ’78 (BFA, Kanbar, F&TV)
Winter’s Bone, adapted for the screen by Debra Granik ’01 (MFA, Kanbar, Film)