The Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences established the Student Academy Awards in 1972 to support and encourage excellence in filmmaking at the collegiate level. Past Student Academy Award winners have gone on to receive 46 Oscar nominations and have won or shared eight awards. They include legendary animators John Lasseter, Pete Docter, Robert Zemeckis, and Trey Parker, along with Bob Saget, Shane Acker, Spike Lee and many other top names in the field.
The 41st Student Academy Awards ceremony on June 7 is free and open to the public, but advance tickets are required. Tickets may be obtained online at the Academy's website or by mail. Any remaining tickets will be made available at the door on the evening of the event. The DGA Theater is located at 7920 Sunset Blvd., in Hollywood. For more information, call (310) 247-2677.
The three winning animated films in the 2014 Student Academy Awards have been announced.
The filmmakers of the three winning animated films — plus the winners in four other categories — will be brought to Los Angeles for a week of activities culminating in an awards ceremony June 7 at the DGA Theater in Hollywood. At the ceremony, the placement of each film will be announced: gold, silver or bronze.
The animated winners are:
Higher Sky, Teng Cheng, University of Southern California Owned, Daniel Clark and Wesley Tippetts, Brigham Young University, Utah Yamashita, Hayley Foster, Loyola Marymount University, California
We already wrote about "Owned," which truth be told looked like a lock to win an Oscar - and indeed it has. We'll see if we can find anything about the other two winners.