NYU Alumni 
Magazine Spring 2011


Alumni on the Hunt for Awards Season Gold

At this year’s Academy Awards, four of the 10 films up for Best Picture had NYU roots, including the acclaimed Western True Grit, which racked up 10 nominations and earned Joel Coen (TSOA ’78) and brother Ethan a nod for Best Director…

LEFT: True Grit; Right: The Social Network

The Social Network, produced by Michael De Luca (TSOA ’95), scored Oscars for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Film Editing, and Best Original Score… Michael Arndt (TSOA ’87) penned the screenplay for Toy Story 3, named Best Animated Feature at both the Golden Globes and the Oscars… Writer-director Debra Granik (TSOA ’01) was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay for Winter’s Bone, which led nominees at the Film Independent’s Spirit Awards, where fellow alumna Nicole Holofcener (TSOA ’84) received the Robert Altman Award for writing and directing the quirky drama Please GiveLuke Matheny (TSOA ’10) won Best Live Action Short Film for the comedy God of Love, which he wrote, directed, and starred in as his senior thesis at NYU… Lora Hirschberg (TSOA ’85) nabbed Best Sound Mixing for the mind-bending thriller Inception… HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, created by Terence Winter (WSC ’84) and executive-produced by Martin Scorsese (WSC ’64, STEINHARDT ’68, HON ’92), picked up statues at both the Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild awards… Meanwhile at the Sundance Film Festival, more than 200 NYU grads worked on almost a third of the films screened there—including eight features directed by alumni. Sean Durkin (TSOA ’06) received the dramatic Directing Award for his thriller Martha Marcy May Marlene, starring Elizabeth Olsen (TSOA ’11)… The dramatic Grand Jury Prize went to Like Crazy, which stars Charlie Bewley (TSOA ’92)… Writer-director Maryam Keshavarz’s (TSOA ’10) Circumstance scored an audience award, while in the World Cinema Competition, audience awards went to the documentary Senna, executive-produced by Liza Chasin (TSOA ’87), and to the drama Kinyarwanda, written and directed by Alrick Brown (TSOA ’08) and starring Cassandra Freeman (TSOA ’05)… Special Jury Prizes were given to Another Earth, executive-produced by Tyler Brodie (TSOA ’98) and Paul S. Mezey (TSOA ’96), and to the documentary Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey, edited and co-directed by Philip Shane (TSOA ’93)… Gun Hill Road, written and directed by Rashaad Ernesto Green (TSOA ’03, ’11) and scored by Stefan Swanson (STEINHARDT ’08), was also nominated in the U.S. Dramatic Competition.

—RenÉe Alfuso

Photos courtesy academy of motion picture arts and sciences