Campus: San Francisco State University -- February 2, 2006

Three SFSU alumni nominated for Academy Awards

Short documentary 'The Mushroom Club,' sound for 'King Kong' mark 7 years of alumni nominees

For the seventh consecutive year, the film achievements of San Francisco State University alumni have earned them a place among the annual Academy Award nominees.

Steven Okazaki (B.A., '76) has been nominated for Best Documentary Short Subject for his film "The Mushroom Club," while alumni Christopher Boyes (B.A., '85) and Ethan Van Der Ryn (B.A., '85) are nominated for their sound work on the blockbuster movie "King Kong." Boyes shares his nomination for Achievement in Sound Mixing with team members Michael Semanick, Michael Hedges and Hammond Peek. Van Der Ryn was nominated, along with colleague Mike Hopkins, for Achievement in Sound Editing.

Boyes is an eight-time Oscar nominee. He took home his first Oscar for Best Sound Effects Editing for "Titanic" in 1998 and his second Oscar 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." If Van Der Ryn and Hopkins win their Oscar, it will be their second win. The two share the Oscar for Best Sound Editing on "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" in 2002.

This year's trio follows the 2005 nomination of alumna Annette Bening (B.A., '80) for best actress in a leading role for "Being Julia," her third Academy Award nomination. Other past Academy Award nominees and winners from SFSU's Cinema Department include Steven Zaillian (B.A. '75), who won Best Adapted Screenplay for "Schindler's List" in 1993; and Gloria Borders (B.A. '78), who won Best Sound Effects Editing for "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" in 1991. Shawn Murphy, (B.A., '68), who graduated with a degree in history, won the Oscar for Best Sound for "Jurassic Park" in 1993.

Contact: Matt Itelson, (415) 338-1743; (415) 338-1665; matti@sfsu.edu


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