This year was no different as the 89th Academy Awards saw graduates nominated in various categories.
Numerous former students working in visual effects and animation have worked on films nominated in the ‘Best Visual Effects Category’. They have worked on four of the five films in the category; Deepwater Horizon, Doctor Strange, The Jungle Book and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
Over the last years, graduates from BU’s National Centre for Computer Animation (NCCA) have worked on Oscar winners including Hugo, Inception, Ex Machina, Interstellar, Mad Max: Fury Road and Gravity.
Lee Baskerville studied MA 3D computer animation at BU in 2007, and worked on Doctor Strange. He spoke about how it felt being a part of a Oscar nominated film; “It’s a nice feeling to think you might be a part of achieving the highest possible award for your work. You look back to all the late nights at BU and it feels worthwhile.”
His role is a texture artist, and he told Buzz his proudest career moment; “taking my family to see the first big motion picture I worked on. It’s a proud moment.”
Dan Georgiou who is also part of the NCCA, worked on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and revealed how it feels to have your work recognised by the academy; “There’s an exceptional feeling of pride that is hard to explain into words when you see that your work has been appreciated and recognised by other professionals in the industry.”
The Oscar ceremony will take place on February 26 at the Dolby theatre in Hollywood.