The 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards were held this past weekend, and we were happy to see that a number of winners in the dramatic film categories featured the involvement of Full Sail alumni.
Among these was Argo, which received the statues for Best Motion Picture and Best Director. The political thriller included contributions from Film graduates Michael Aleshire (1997; set dresser), Christian Labarta (1999; additional set production assistant), and Shawn A. Mutchler (2002; grip), as well as Computer Animation grads Nha Hoan Le (2011; digital tracking/matchmove artist), Donald Strubler (2009; compositor), and David B. Wolgemuth II (2008; digital compositor).
Three of the five major acting honors were given to projects with alumni credits. Actor in Motion Picture, Drama went to Daniel Day-Lewis for his lead role in Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln. The artful biopic biopic included the work of Film grads Joe Badiald (2009; special makeup effects technician), and Bryan Reynolds (1994; additional makeup artist).
Jessica Chastain took home Actress in Motion Picture, Drama for her performance in Zero Dark Thirty.Oliver Hug (Recording Arts, 1998) worked as additional music editor on the film – just one of three projects he was credited on in 2012, along with Pitch Perfect and The Lucky One.
Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture was awarded to Christoph Waltz for his inspired work in Django Unchained. The latest from director Quentin Tarantino also took the Golden Globe for Best Screenplay, Motion Picture, and it’s crew included Andrea Babineau (Film, 2008) as set decoration coordinator and Dirk Stout (Recording Arts, 1995) as sound utility.
Alumni also worked on the winners in the two major music categories. Life of Pi received Best Original Score, Motion Picture, and featured 2007 Film grad Jonathan Jamison as stereoscopic supervisor and 2008 Computer Animation grad Reilly Lohr as texture painter. Original Song, Motion Picture went to Adele’s title track from latest James Bond film, Skyfall. This highest-grossing entry in the Bond series included the talent of grads like Sean William Adair (Computer Animation, 2008) and Steven Benjamin (Computer Animation, 2010) as compositors, as well as Drew Webster (Recording Arts, 1995) as re-recording mix technician, and Mark Wright (Film; 2011) as visual effects editor.
Finally, it was great to watch Pixar’s summer hit Brave take home the statue for Animated Feature Film. 2010 Full Sail Hall of Fame inductee Kristifir Klein has been with the studio for well over a decade, and worked on Brave as environment lead. Kris’s previous Pixar credits include such classics as Up, The Incredibles, and Finding Nemo.
This awards season is a reminder of what a remarkable year 2012 was for our alumni in the film industry, and it’s inspiring to have so many of these projects recognized at the 70th Golden Globes. With the Oscar ceremony just over a month away, we’re looking forward to seeing if these, or any of the other major film projects featuring our alumni, will be singled out.