Oscars: Student Academy Awards Announced

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Michelle Rodriguez, John Lasseter and Jason Mitchell presented the winners with their gold, silver and bronze medals.

The winners of the 2015 Student Academy Awards were announced Thursday night in Los Angeles, with 15 young filmmakers collecting honors in five categories.

Henry Hughes won the gold medal for best narrative feature for Day One, a 25-minute short set in Afghanistan. The drama focuses on an Afghan interpreter for the U.S. Army who is forced to deliver the child of an enemy bomb-maker. Layla Alizada and Navid Negahban star.

The gold medal for best animated short went to Alyce Tzue for the 9-minute Soar. Alexandre Peralta took the best documentary gold for Looking at the Stars, a portrait of a Brazilian ballet school for the blind. Daniel Drummond won the alternative category for his short animation Chiaroscuro. The gold medal for best foreign film went to German director Ilker Catak for his Istanbul-set drama Fidelity.

Michelle Rodriguez and Jason Mitchell, together with Oscar-winning director John Lasseter and the Oscar-winning producers of Big Hero 6, Roy Conli, Don Hall and Chris Williams, presented the student Oscar awards at a ceremony at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

This year was a particularly good one for Californian film schools, will all the U.S. gold medal winners come from the state. 

The Student Academy Awards were set up in 1972 as a platform for young emerging talent. Past student Oscar winners include Lasseter, Spike Lee and Robert Zemeckis.

Full list of 2015 Student Oscar winners below.


Gold: Chiaroscuro, Daniel Drummond, Chapman University, California
Silver: Zoe, ChiHyun Lee, The School of Visual Arts, New York

Gold: Soar, Alyce Tzue, Academy of Art University, San Francisco
Silver: An Object at Rest, Seth Boyden, California Institute of the Arts
Bronze: Taking the Plunge, Nicholas Manfredi and Elizabeth Ku-Herrero, The School of Visual Arts

Gold: Looking at the Stars, Alexandre Peralta, University of Southern California 
Silver: I Married My Family’s Killer, Emily Kassie, Brown University 
Bronze: Boxeadora, Meg Smaker, Stanford University 

Gold: Day One, Henry Hughes, American Film Institute, California 
Silver: This Way Up, Jeremy Cloe, American Film Institute 
Bronze: Stealth, Bennett Lasseter, American Film Institute 

Foreign Film
Gold: Fidelity, Ilker Catak, Hamburg Media School, Germany 
Silver: The Last Will, Dustin Loose, Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany 
Bronze: Everything Will Be Okay, Patrick Vollrath, Filmakademie Wien, Austria