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A large gold Oscar statuette. Image copyright A.M.P.A.S. restricted trademarkSeven Years of Oscar Nominees

For the seventh consecutive year, the outstanding film achievements of SFSU alumni earned thema place among the annual Academy Award® nominees.

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" (2002).

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.

-- Adrianne Bee

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