student academy timeline - Student Academy Timeline
September 26 At a meeting of the Short Subjects Branch Executive Committee, Herbert Klynn introduces a proposal for a separate recognition of student films. As a result the Academy's Board of Governors forms an ad hoc committee to define the Student Film Awards.
July 9 The ad hoc committee presents its recommendations to the Short Subjects Branch Executive Committee.
September 4 Rules for the first Student Film Awards competition are presented to and approved by the Academy's Board of Governors.
December 20 The first Student Film Award winners are announced at a ceremony hosted by Academy member Jack Lemmon at the Academy Award® Theater on Melrose Avenue. Each of the winners receives a share of the $5,000 in prize money from the National Association of Theater Owners and an engraved trophy designed by Academy member Saul Bass.
July 1 The Second Annual Student Film Awards is hosted by Oscar®-winning director William Friedkin ("The French Connection," 1971). Among the winners is Robert Zemeckis, a student at the University of Southern California, who takes home a Special Jury Award for his dramatic film "A Field of Honor." Zemeckis would go on to earn an Academy Award nomination for writing "Back to the Future" (1985) and an Oscar for directing "Forrest Gump" (1994).
AT&T becomes a sponsor of the competition.
June 23 The Third Annual Student Film Awards are held in the Academy's new headquarters in Beverly Hills. Presenting the awards are Honorary Award recipient Groucho Marx, Oscar-winning editor Verna Fields ("Jaws," 1975), Academy Award-nominated actor George Segal ("Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?," 1966), Oscar-winning filmmaker Chuck Jones ("The Dot and the Line," 1965) and Academy Award-nominated documentarian David Wolper ("The Race for Space," 1959).
At the Fifth Annual Student Film Awards, Bob Saget of Temple University receives a Documentary Merit award for his film "Through Adam's Eyes." Saget would go on to become a well-known comedian and television personality as well as the writer-producer-director of "Farce of the Penguins" (2006).
June 3 John Lasseter, a student at the California Institute of the Arts, wins the Animation Achievement award for "Lady and the Lamp." Lasseter would receive the same honor in 1980 for "Nitemare" and would go on to become the Student Academy Awards program's most honored alumnus, with five Academy Award nominations, an Oscar (with William Reeves) for the animated short film "Tin Toy," and a Special Achievement Award in 1995 for "his inspired leadership of the Pixar ‘Toy Story' team, resulting in the first feature-length computer-animated film."
June 8 Roland Hallé and Peter W. Ladue, students at Boston University, receive the Documentary Achievement award for their film "Karl Hess: Toward Liberty." The film also would bring the pair not only a nomination but a win in the Documentary Short Subject category at the 53rd Academy Awards, making them the first Student Academy Award winners to garner an Oscar nomination and win.
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