And the Oscar Goes to…

March 8, 2010

Alumnus Michael Giacchino (BFA 1990 Film and Video) has won an Oscar in the category of Music (Original Score) for his score for the animated film Up. Giacchino, who had previously been nominated in 2007 for his score for the animated film Ratatouille, thanked his parents in his acceptance speech for always being supportive of his creative pursuits, beginning at age nine when he borrowed his dad’s movie camera to start making films. Giacchino continued, “I know there are kids out there that don’t have that support system, so if you’re out there and you’re listening, listen to me: If you want to be creative, get out there and do it. It’s not a waste of time.”

In an interview with The Los Angeles Times last month, Giacchino talked about the music and composers that have influenced his work, from The Dick Van Dyke Show to Star Wars. Click here to view his acceptance speech on the Academy Web site.

Other SVA alumni to be recognized recently for outstanding filmmaking include Lynn Shelton (MFA 1995 Photography and Related Media), who won the John Cassavetes Award at the Film Independent Spirit Awards for her film Humpday, and Brenton Cottman (BFA 2003 Illustration), who won a Visual Effects Society (VES) Award for Outstanding Matte Paintings in a Feature Motion Picture for his work as leade matte painter on the film Avatar.

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