The Gold Knight: 2012 Student Academy Awards presentedWritten by James A. Molnar | The Gold Knight | firstname.lastname@example.org
It is one of the most popular events of the year for the motion picture academy, outside of the Oscars, of course.
And free tickets were available to the public. It’s the 39th Annual Student Academy Awards.
Held at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences headquarters, in Beverly Hills, Calif., the ceremony honors outstanding student filmmakers domestically and internationally. Awards are presented in five categories: alternative, animation, documentary, foreign and narrative.
If you couldn’t make it to Saturday’s ceremony, The Gold Knight has you covered. Here is everything you need to know about the Student Oscars.
All week long Student Academy Awards winners have be busy. The Academy has been hosting a week of industry-related activities and social events, including a dinner Friday night in Beverly Hills, where winners hobnobbed with members of the Board of Governors. The Saturday night ceremony feted 10 domestic winners, who were chosen from 518 entries from students representing 105 U.S. colleges and universities, and three foreign winners, who were chosen from 51 entries from 29 countries.
While the Academy announced the winners prior to the ceremony, it waited until Saturday to reveal the placement of the winners — Gold, Silver or Bronze. Academy members who attended special screenings determined the placements. Gold Medal award winners receive cash grants of $5,000; Silver Medal award winners receive $3,000; and Bronze Medal award winners receive $2,000.
In May, 35 students from 20 U.S. colleges and universities were named finalists in the domestic competition. To reach that stage, students competed in one of three regional competitions. Each region selected up to three finalists in each of the four categories.
Five finalists advanced at the end of April in the foreign competition. The students hail from the Australia, Germany and the United Kingdom. Thanks to a new rule last year, up to three films may be honored in the Foreign Student Film category.
Here is the list of winners (listed alphabetically by film title), updated with medal placement:
“The Reality Clock,” Amanda Tasse, University of Southern California* Gold Medal
*Only one winner was selected in this category
“Eyrie,” David Wolter, California Institute of the Arts Gold Medal
“The Jockstrap Raiders,” Mark Nelson, University of California, Los Angeles Silver Medal
“My Little Friend,” Eric Prah, Ringling College of Art and Design Bronze Medal
“Dying Green,” Ellen Tripler, American University Silver Medal
“Hiro: A Story of Japanese Internment,” Keiko Wright, New York University Gold Medal
“Lost Country,” Heather Burky, Art Institute of Jacksonville Bronze Medal
“Nani,” Justin Tipping, American Film Institute Bronze Medal
“Narcocorrido,” Ryan Prows, American Film Institute Silver Medal
“Under,” Mark Raso, Columbia University Gold Medal
Foreign Film category
“For Elsie,” David Winstone, University of Westminster, United Kingdom Gold Medal
“Of Dogs and Horses,” Thomas Stuber, Film Academy Baden-Wüerttemberg, Germany Silver Medal
“The Swing of the Coffin Maker,” Elmar Imanov, The International Film School Cologne, Germany Bronze Medal
Gold Medal-winning films will be featured at two upcoming events. On Sunday, June 24, the Palm Springs International ShortFest will screen the winning films. And on Wednesday, June 27, the Academy, in partnership with The Charles Guggenheim Center for the Documentary Film and the Foundation for the National Archives, in Washington, D.C., will screen the films.
Here is a playlist from the Academy’s YouTube channel, featuring clips from the winners and their films:
Presenters at the ceremony included actors Laura Dern, Cuba Gooding Jr., Greg Kinnear and Mena Suvari. Academy President Tom Sherak hosted. Dern received a nomination for Actress in a Leading Role for “Rambling Rose” in 1991. Gooding won Supporting Actor Oscar in 1996 for his role in “Jerry Maguire.” Kinnear earned a Supporting Actor nomination “As Good As It Gets” in 1997. Suvari was in the 1999 Best Picture winner “American Beauty.”
Established by the Academy in 1972, the Student Academy Awards support and encourage excellence in filmmaking at the collegiate level.
Former winners have gone on to win Oscar statuettes. In February, at the 84th Academy Awards, 2011 Student Academy Award winners Hallvar Witzø and Max Zähle were nominated in the Live Action Short Film category for “Tuba Atlantic” and “Raju,” respectively. James Spione, a Student Academy Award winner in 1987, earned a nomination in the Documentary Short Subject category for “Incident in New Baghdad.” At the 83rd Academy Awards, 2010 Student Academy Award winner Luke Matheny took home the Oscar for Live Action Short Film for “God of Love.” Tanel Toom, the 2010 Honorary Foreign Film winner, was also nominated for Live Action Short Film for “The Confession.” John Lasseter, a Student Academy Award winner in 1979 and 1980, was nominated for Adapted Screenplay for “Toy Story 3.”
Since the program’s inception, Student Academy Award winners have gone on to earn 46 Oscar nominations and have won or shared eight Academy Awards.
Take a look at a video featuring 2011 Student Academy Award winner Julian Higgins, who won the Narrative Gold Medal for his film “Thief,” and see what he’s been up to in the year following his win:
Toledo Free Press Lead Designer and Film Editor James A. Molnar blogs about all things Oscar at TheGoldKnight.com.