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


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.

86th Annual Academy Awards

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:

BEST PICTURE

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
 

BEST DIRECTOR

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
 

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

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

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

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

BEST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY

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

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM

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

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