Oscar® Winner Edward Zwick to Present at 2011 Student Academy Awards®

Beverly Hills, CA (June 10, 2011) - Oscar-winning producer Edward Zwick has been tapped to present at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 38th Annual Student Academy Awards ceremony on Saturday, June 11, at 6 p.m., at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.  He will join actress Jennifer Garner, animator John Musker and Academy President Tom Sherak.  The awards ceremony is the culmination of a week of industry-related activities and social events that the Academy is hosting for the 15 students from the U.S. and abroad who have been selected as winners this year.

Zwick, who received a Best Picture Oscar for “Shakespeare in Love” in 1998, most recently served as writer-producer-director on “Love & Other Drugs,” released in 2010.  His other credits include “Blood Diamond,” “The Last Samurai” and “Traffic,” for which he also received a Best Picture nomination.

A complete list of this year’s winners can be found at:  http://www.oscars.org/awards/saa/winners/2011.html

While all winners know they will each receive an award, their placement – Gold, Silver or Bronze – will not be revealed until the June 11 ceremony.  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. 

The U.S. students first competed in one of three regional competitions.  Each region is permitted to send to the Academy up to three finalists in each of four categories: Alternative, Animation, Documentary and Narrative.  Academy members then screened the finalists’ films and voted to select the winners.  The winners in the Foreign Film category were selected by Academy members at special voting screenings from a pool of 52 entries from 32 countries.

The Academy 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 43 Oscar nominations and have won or shared eight awards.  At the 83rd Academy Awards earlier this year, 2010 Student Academy Award winner Luke Matheny took home the Oscar for Live Action Short Film for “God of Love.”  Tanel Toom, another 2010 Student Academy Award winner, also was nominated in the Live Action Short Film category for “The Confession,” and John Lasseter, a 1979 and 1980 Student Academy Award winner, was a nominee in the Adapted Screenplay category for “Toy Story 3.”

The 38th Annual Student Academy Awards ceremony on June 11 is free and open to the public, but advance tickets are required.  Tickets may be obtained online at www.oscars.org, in person at the Academy box office or by mail.  The Samuel Goldwyn Theater is located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills.  For more information, call (310) 247-3600.

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