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NYU Alums John Ridley and Steve McQueen Win Oscars for 12 Years A Slave

March 3, 2014

Two NYU alumni were honored at the 86th Annual Academy Awards, both receiving Oscars for their work on the same film, the critically-acclaimed historical drama 12 Years a Slave. Gallatin graduate John Ridley, (BA, ’87) received the award for Best Adapted Screenplay and Steve McQueen, who attended the graduate film program at the NYU Tisch School of the Arts, accepted the Oscar for Best Picture, which he both produced and directed.

The Academy Awards recognize outstanding film achievements and are the most prestigious in the industry. Last night’s ceremony in Los Angeles included 12 alumni from across the University who received a total of 14 nominations. Following is a list of NYU alumni who are connected with the nominated films:


12 Years A Slave
Steve McQueen ’94 (Tisch Kanbar, Film), director/producer

Captain Phillips
Michael De Luca ’95 (BFA, Tisch Kanbar, F&TV), producer

American Hustle
Richard Suckle
, '91, (BA, Gallatin) producer

The Wolf Of Wall Street
Martin Scorsese
(WSC '64, Steinhardt '68, Hon.'92, Tisch Dean’s Council Member), director/producer
Georgia Kacandes ’85 (BFA, Tisch Kanbar, F&TV), executive producer

Dallas Buyers Club
Robbie Brenner
, ‘93 (BFA, Tisch Kanbar, F&TV), producer


Steve McQueen ’94 (Tisch Kanbar, Film), 12 Years A Slave
Martin Scorsese
(WSC '64, Steinhardt '68, Hon.'92, Tisch Dean’s Council Member), The Wolf of Wall Street


John Ridley, '87, (BA, Gallatin), 12 Years a Slave
Terence Winter, ‘84, (WSC), The Wolf of Wall Street


Karen O, ’01 (BFA, Tisch Kanbar, F&TV), music and lyrics for ‘The Moon SongHer


Lydia Dean Pilcher ’83 (MFA, Tisch Kanbar, Film), producer, Cutie and the Boxer
Karim Amer '06, (CAS), The Square


Alexandre Gavras '92, (Kanbar, Film & TV), director, Avant Que De Tout Perdre (Just Before Losing Everything)


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