Luke Matheny’s Thesis Film “God of Love” Wins Live Action Short
Lora Hirschberg Wins for Sound Mixing with “Inception”
Oscar Co-Host and Film Student James Franco Gives Shout Out to NYU from Stage
Two New York University filmmakers from the Kanbar Institute of Film and Television at the Tisch School of the Arts were big winners at the 83rd Academy Awards ceremony, held in Los Angeles on Sunday. This was the first Oscar telecast in history to have an NYU student hosting the awards. James Franco ’11 (MFA candidate, Kanbar, Film), who was also an Oscar nominee this year, shared co-hosting responsibilities with Anne Hathaway.
Luke Matheny’s (’10), MFA alumnus, won an Oscar for Live Action Short for his thesis film God of Love. The film tells the story of a love triangle between two musicians and a young woman and takes a surprising turn when one of them finds a collection of magical darts.
Lora Hirschberg (’85), BFA alumna, earned the Oscar for Sound Mixing for her work on the film Inception. The big Hollywood film about dream invaders won a total of four trophies.
In addition to alumni winning Oscars, one of the highlights of last night’s telecast for the NYU community was a surprise shout out by co-host Franco to NYU when fellow Graduate filmmaker Matheny won his award.
In all, 15 members of the Tisch School community were nominated for the prestigious award this year. They were:
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)