37th Annual Student Academy Awards
Featuring Oscar-nominated actor Jeremy Renner, Oscar-nominated animator Henry Selick, director Penelope Spheeris and Academy President Tom Sherak.
Thirteen students from 10 U.S. colleges and universities were named winners in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 37th Annual Student Academy Awards competition.
The student filmmakers were brought to Los Angeles for a week of industry-related activities and social events that culminated in the awards ceremony on Saturday, June 12, at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater. One student filmmaker from the United Kingdom was also selected to receive this year’s Honorary Foreign Film award.
Awards were presented in four categories: alternative, animation, documentary and narrative. Finalists were announced in advance, but their placement – gold, silver or bronze medal – was not revealed until the ceremony.
Since the program was established in 1972, Student Academy Award winners have earned 40 Oscar nominations (individual or collaborative), directed two films that received the Academy Award for Foreign Language Film, received a Special Achievement Oscar, and won or shared seven Academy Awards.
Among the past Student Academy Award winners who have gone on to prominent careers as filmmakers are John Lasseter, Pete Docter, Spike Lee, Robert Zemeckis and Trey Parker. Two former Student Academy Award winners were 2009 Oscar nominees – Docter received his fifth and sixth nominations for Best Animated Feature Film and Original Screenplay for “Up” (he won the Animated Feature award), and Gregg Helvey, last year’s Narrative Gold Medal winner, received his first nomination for the live action short film “Kavi.”
Notable Academy members served as presenters at the June 12 ceremony, and clips from the silver and bronze medal-winning films were shown. Following the awards presentation, the gold medal-winning films and the honorary foreign film winner were screened in their entirety.