Years of Oscar Nominees
the seventh consecutive year, the outstanding film achievements
of SFSU alumni earned thema place among the annual Academy Award®
On March 5, Christopher Boyes (B.A., '85)
and Ethan Van Der Ryn (B.A., '85) took home
gold Oscar® statuettes for their sound work on "King Kong."
Boyes won the Oscar for Achievement in Sound Mixing. He shares the award
with Michael Semanick, Michael Hedges and Hammond Peek. Van Der Ryn
and his colleague Mike Hopkins received the Academy Award for Achievement
in Sound Editing.
Steven Okazaki (B.A., '76) was nominated for
Best Documentary Short Subject for his film "The Mushroom Club."
Boyes, a four-time Academy Award-winner, took home his first Oscar for
Best Sound Effects Editing for "Titanic" in 1998 and his second
for "Pearl Harbor" in 2002. The third win came in 2003 for
Best Sound for "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King."
For Van Der Ryn, this is Academy Award win number two. He and Hopkins
won Best Sound Editing on "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers"
Like Boyes and Van Der Ryn, Okazaki is no stranger to the red carpet.
He was nominated for Best Feature Documentary in 1985 for "Unfinished
Business" and won an Academy Award in 1990 for Best Documentary
Short Subject for "Days of Waiting."
This year's trio of nominees follows the 2005 nomination of Theatre
Arts alumna Annette Bening (B.A., '85) for
best actress in a leading role for "Being Julia," her third
Academy Award nomination.