Academy of Art University Alumni Win Big at the 2018 Golden Globe Awards

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While many attendees and viewers of this year’s 2018 Golden Globe Awards were focused on the latest controversy swirling around Hollywood, hard-working creatives were pleased to have their efforts recognized for excellence. Academy of Art University in San Francisco, CA, is pleased to have graduates who continually invest in all areas of artistic expression, within careers that span the global marketplace.

“We take pride in knowing that the journey from classroom to international awards stage is made possible by the Academy’s specialized schools in art and design, as well as the faculty’s continuing connections to the film industry,” says a university Rep.

Our faculty consists of working creatives who are actively engaged in the industries for which they teach, lending current, first-hand experience to their classroom instruction. Dr. Richard A. Stephens, Chairman Emeritus of Academy of Art University, put it this way: “Artists teaching artists. Instructors instructing the truth. That’s honesty and integrity, and Academy of Art University stands for these principles.

Nominated Works with Academy of Art University Alumni Contributors

This year, over 50 Academy of Art University alumni contributed in vital ways to the creation and production of many projects in the nominated categories, including Best Motion Picture. Academy of Art University trained creatives worked on:

  • The Boss Baby
  • Coco
  • Ferdinand
  • Loving Vincent
  • Big Little Lies
  • Feud: Bette and Joan
  • Black-ish
  • Master of None
  • The Crown
  • Stranger Things

Most Academy alumni who worked on nominated films studied in the Schools of Animation & Visual Effects and Motion Pictures & Television. These former students developed their careers and shone in such roles as Lighting Technical, Lead Graphic Designer, Supervising Animator, 3D artist, FX Artist, VFX Producer, Lighter, Compositor, Modeler, Character Shader, and Generalist, among several others.

Academy of Art University offers courses and different level degree programs in nearly every aspect of the performing arts. Students can take advantage of the traditional classroom experience on our beautiful campus in downtown San Francisco with a variety of housing options, or attend classes online from virtually anywhere.

And the Winners Are…

Academy graduates were pleased to add their skills and talents to two prominent winners in the 2018 Golden Globe Awards.

Coco (2017) PG – Disney / Pixar Studios | “Aspiring musician Miguel, confronted with his family’s ancestral ban on music, enters the Land of the Dead to find his great-great-grandfather, a legendary singer.” – From the Coco IMDb website.

2018 Golden Globe Award:

  • Best Animated Motion Picture

Academy of Art University Alumni who contributed to this work include:

  • Daniel Arriaga, Character Art Director
  • Mimia Arbelaez, Lighting Technical Director
  • Nicole Ridgewell, Animator
  • Maria Lee, Character Shader
  • Guilherme Jacinto, Animator
  • Joseph S, Technical Director
  • Ryan Lynch, Feature Film Development Manager
  • Jenna Huerta, Lead Graphic Designer
  • Frank-Joseph Frelier, Executive Assistant
  • Amy Allen, Technical Director/Artist
  • Jae Hyung Kim, Animator
  • Erin Onstine Stereo, Technical Director
  • Kevin Chesnos, Animator

Big Little Lies (TV Series 2017 – ) TV-MA – HBO Productions | “Based on the bestselling book by Liane Moriarity, this darkly comedic series tells the tale of three mothers whose seemingly perfect lives unravel to the point of murder.” – From the Big Little Lies IMBd website.

2018 Golden Globe Awards:

  • Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television – Nicole Kidman
  • Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television – Alexander Skarsgård
  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television – Laura Dern

Academy of Art University Alumni who contributed to this work include:

  • Jonathan Reid, Dailies Colorist
  • Larissa Mills, Asst. Dailies Colorist/Operator
  • Vonti McRae, Project Team Lead

A History of Creative Success

Have you ever considered a career in media, fashion, design, or the performing arts? Academy of Art University has been training highly-skilled creatives in the heart of San Francisco since 1929. Will you choose to be one of them? Creativity and the arts are found in a variety of professional disciplines, ranging from television media and motion pictures to architecture and the internet.

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