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Congratulations to the Academy of Art Alumni that Worked on 2020 Oscar Winners!

by Mariebelle Alagbate

For a complete list of all the Academy of Art Alumni nominated in the 2020 Oscars, check out our dedicated page in recognition of their accomplishments.

Well, there you have it. The most glamorous night of Hollywood is over. The red carpet has been rolled up, the envelopes have been opened, and the winners announced. We’re proud to have our art school graduates a part of these productions.

Here are the Oscar-winning films that our Academy of Art University alumni took part in as members of the nominated production teams:

Best Visual Effects: 1917

  • Vijay Selvam, School of Ann animation & Visual Effects, 2002

Best Animated Short: Hair Love

  • Caitlin VanArsdale, School of Illustration, 2014

Best Animated Feature Film: Toy Story 4

  • Elham Sepehrjou, School f Animation & Visual Effects, MFA – 3D Animation, 2017
  • Simon Christen, School of Animation & Visual Effects, 2006
  • Cody Lyon, School of Animation & Visual Effects – BFA 3D Character Animation, 2015
  • Rosana Sullivan, School of Animation & Visual Effects, 2010
  • Erik Smitt, School of Animation & Visual Effects, 2000
  • Terry Song, School of Animation & Visual Effects, 2008
  • Guilherme Jacinto, School of Animation & Visual Effects, 2007
  • Jenna Calvao, School of Animation & Visual Effects, 2010
  • Tom Zach, School of Animation & Visual Effects – BFA Character Animation, 2005
  • Stephen Wong, School of Animation & Visual Effects – BFA Illustration/Animation, 2005
  • Erinn Katheryn Burke, School of Communications & Media Technologies – MFA Multimedia Communications, 2013
  • Jae Hyung Kim, School of Animation & Visual Effects, 2006
  • Raphael Suter – BFA, Fine Arts and Animation, 2005
  • Laura Meyer – School of Graphic Design – BFA
  • Brett Schulz, School of Animation & Visual Effects
  • Adam Rodriguez, School of Animation & Visual Effects – 3D Character Animation
  • Tomoyuki (Tomo) Harashima, School of Animation & Visual Effects – Character Animation, 2006
  • Joshua Dai, School of Animation & Visual Effects, 2010
  • Nicole Ridgwell, School of Animation & Visual Effects, 2015
  • Axel Geddes, School of Motion Pictures & Television, 1999
  • Cameron Miyasakil, School of Animation & Visual Effect – MFA Animation, 2015
  • Jamie Datz, School of Motion Pictures & Television – BFA, 2001
  • Josh Cooley, School of Animation & Visual Effects – BFA, 2002
  • Andrea Goh, School of Animation & Visual Effects, BFA – Rigging/Modeling, 2016

Once again, congratulations to all the winners of this year’s Academy Awards, especially to those productions that our art school graduates contributed to.


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