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UCLA's Academy Award Nominees

  • Published Feb 27, 2006 8:00 AM

UCLA faculty and alumni Oscar hopefuls

The carpet's red, the envelope's white – but a closer look reveals plenty of blue and gold involved in the upcoming Academy Awards.

On the production side: Gil Cates, founding dean of the School of Theater , Film and Television and producing director of the Geffen Playhouse, will produce the March 5 telecast. It will be his 13th show. Alumnus Louis Horvitz will direct.

On the technical side: Computer Science Professor Demetri Terzopoulos has already picked up his Scientific and Technical Academy Award. Terzopoulos shared his honor with former Microsoft colleague John Platt. Their 1987 research paper explored computer-generated techniques to simulate the motion of realistic cloth.

And the nominees are:

Crash, produced by faculty member Cathy Schulman and executive produced by alumnus and faculty member Tom Nunan, earned a total of six Oscar nominations including best picture.

Recent grad Shane Acker has already won a Student Academy Award for his thesis film, the haunting puppet animation titled 9. This year Acker's film is up for best animated short.

Munich co-screenwriter and alumnus Eric Roth was nominated for best-adapted screenplay with playwright Tony Kushner. The film received a total of five nominations.

Alumnus Scott Farrar is one of a team of four nominated for achievement in visual effects for their work on The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Narnia has a total of three nominations.

Memoirs of a Geisha, edited by Oscar-winning alumnus Pietro Scalia, was honored with a total of six nominations. King Kong, which stars alumnus Jack Black, received four nominations.

With two nominations this year for original score - Memoirs of a Geisha and Munich - alumnus John Williams becomes the all-time leader for nominations in the music category with 45.

The film Tsotsi has been nominated for an Oscar as best foreign language film. It was written and directed by Gavin Hood, who received his UCLA Extension certificate in Film, TV and Video in 1992.