NYU Alumni Magazine Spring 2008


NYU Stars Light Up Red Carpets and the Silver Screen

Alec Baldwin (TSOA ’94) took home Best Actor statues from the Emmy, Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild awards for his role as the overbearing network exec Jack Donaghy on NBC’s 30 Rock…

Set decorator Victor J. Zolfo (TSOA ’85) won Best Achievement in Art Direction at the Academy Awards for his work on The Curious Case of Benjamin Button… For her film The Betrayal (Nerakhoon), nominated for Best Documentary at both the Oscars and Film Independent’s Spirit Awards, Ellen Kuras (GAL ’88, ’90) followed a refugee family from Laos for 23 years… Writer-turned-director Charlie Kaufman (TSOA ’80) was honored with the Robert Altman Award for Synecdoche, New York at the Spirit Awards, where he also picked up Best First Feature… Ethan Reiff (TSOA ’86) and Cyrus Voris (TSOA ’85) co-wrote last summer’s Kung Fu Panda, which earned an Oscar nod for Best Animated Feature, as well as Ridley Scott’s upcoming Robin Hood, starring Russell Crowe… Writer Bruce Joel Rubin (WSC ’65), best known for the 1990 film Ghost, penned the screenplay for The Time Traveler’s Wife, starring Rachel McAdams and Eric Bana…


Billy Crudup (TSOA ’94) brought graphic novel superhero Dr. Manhattan to life in last month’s Watchmen and will be back in theaters this July alongside Johnny Depp and Christian Bale in Michael Mann’s Public Enemies… Fellow alumni Chance Kelly (WSC ’90) and John Lavelle (TSOA ’04) can be seen in this summer’s remake of The Taking of Pelham 123, which features Denzel Washington as an NYC subway dispatcher caught up in a hostage situation… Red Tails, which George Lucas has been developing since 1989 and details the Tuskegee Airmen, the first African-American pilots who flew in World War II, will finally be written by John Ridley (GAL ’87)… Glen Whitman (GSAS ’00) puts the science in sci-fi thriller Fringe, working behind the scenes to provide research and plausibility to the new Fox show… Former Queer Eye for the Straight Guy cast member Ted Allen (GSAS ’90) is the host of two new shows on the Food Network: Chopped and Food DetectivesNick Spangler (TSOA ’07) returned to the off-Broadway show The Fantasticks after winning the $1 million prize on CBS’s The Amazing Race.

—RenÉe Alfuso

Photo Courtesy Warner Bros. Pictures