Several School of the Arts alumni have helmed critically acclaimed projects across film and television this past year, four of which were awarded nominations for the 74th Golden Globe Awards, and two of which took home prizes in top categories.
The critically acclaimed Moonlight, co-produced by Veronica Nickel '10, took home six awards, including Best Drama Motion Picture. The New York Times recently heralded the film: "To describe Moonlight, Barry Jenkins’s second feature, as a movie about growing up poor, black and gay would be accurate enough. It would also not be wrong to call it a movie about drug abuse, mass incarceration and school violence. But those classifications are also inadequate, so much as to be downright misleading... “Moonlight” is both a disarmingly, at times almost unbearably personal film and an urgent social document, a hard look at American reality and a poem written in light, music and vivid human faces."
Zootopia, written by Film alumnus Phil Johnston '04 wrote Zootopia, won the award for Best Animated Film. The film has been a box office and critical hit, and was recently nominated for an Annie Award.
Also nominated was Deadpool, for Best Picture Comedy/Musical and for Best Actor Comedy/Musical for Ryan Reynolds. The feature, produced by Simon Kinberg '03 is the first live-action superhero film to be nominated in the category. Amazon's hit Mozart in the Jungle starring Gael García Bernal, and executive produced by William Wissler Graham '06, was also nominated in the category of Best TV Series, Comedy/Musical.
This bolsters a strong Columbia presence during the awards season as students, alumni, and faculty continue to be recognized for their exceptional work.