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February 14, 2003

Two SFSU alumni are among the nominees announced Tuesday for the 75th annual Academy Awards. Both are previous Oscar winners.

Steve Zaillian's latest screenplay "Gangs of New York," which he co-wrote with Jay Cocks and Kenneth Lonergan, was nominated for Best Original Screenplay. Zaillian, who earned his bachelor's degree in cinema in 1975, is best known for his adaptations of the novels "Hannibal" (2001) and "Schindler's List" (1993) for the big screen. For "Schindler's List," he received an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay, and he was previously nominated for his adaptation of "Awakenings" (1990). He also directed and wrote the screenplay for "A Civil Action" (1999).

Alumnus Christopher Boyes was nominated for Best Sound for his work on "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers." Boyes graduated from SFSU in 1985, also with a bachelor's degree in cinema. Previously, he won Oscars on the sound teams of "Pearl Harbor" (2001) and "Titanic" (1997). Boyes' sound mixing on "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" (2001) also garnered an Oscar nomination.

The Academy Awards will air Sunday, March 23, on the ABC network.

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