2020 Academy Awards: Top Winners

Dozens of SCAD students and alumni contributed to Oscar-winning films

The 92nd Academy Awards celebrated the best in film from the past year, and there was a heavy connection to a Georgia college among the nominees.

Ahead of Sunday night’s ceremony, the Savannah College of Art and Design announced 200 students and alumni would be honored at the annual event.

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Although films including “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” and the Georgia-filmed “Avengers: Endgame” and “Richard Jewell” failed to win top categories, other films, including “1917,” “Marriage Story” and “Toy Story 4,” did. All the aforementioned films included SCAD alumni and students working on them behind the scenes.

“Our programs in School of Digital Media are top rated in the world,” said Dean Max Almy of the School of Digital Media in a press release. “Our alumni are working at Pixar, Disney, ILM, Blue Sky, Dreamworks and dozens of other great companies. It's no surprise hundreds of our alumni have worked on Academy Award winning and nominated films. We are so proud!”

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Dozens of SCAD alumni and students worked on films nominated in major categories. “Toy Story 4,” which won the statue for Animated Feature Film, included 21 current or former SCAD pupils. The category also saw SCAD represented in the nominees, “Missing Link” and “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World.” 

Although “Parasite” took home the Oscar for Best Picture, 35 SCAD graduates and students were nominated for their work in the films “Ford v Ferrari,” “The Irishman,” “1917,” “Joker,” “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” and “Marriage Story.” The latter three films scored wins in the categories of Actor in a Leading Role, Actor in a Supporting Role and Actress in a Supporting Role categories with Joaquin Phoenix, Brad Pitt and Laura Dern respectively.

War drama “1917” also won three Oscars for Sound Mixing,  Cinematography and Visual Effects. “Ford v Ferrari” snagged Sound Editing and Film Editing wins. “Joker” also won for Music (Original Score) and “Once Upon A Time...in Hollywood” nabbed the statue for Production Design.

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