Tune into the March 2 telecast of the 86th annual Academy Awards, and you might hear a lot about the work of a few gold-standard School of Communication alumni.
American Hustle, produced by Jonathan Gordon (C90), is nominated for Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress—all the major acting awards, just as when he produced Silver Linings Playbook in 2012. American Hustle is also nominated for Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Costume Design, Best Film Editing, and Best Production Design.
Her, executive produced by Natalie Farrey (C98), is nominated for Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Music-Original Score, and Best Music-Original Song.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is nominated for Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, and Visual Effects; it was executive produced by Kenneth Kamins (C83) and featured a cameo with Stephen Colbert (C86) and his family. Joshua Levinson (C89) serves as Post Production Supervisor for the trilogy of films.
Michael Knobloch (C92), president of film music at Universal Pictures, runs the film/music enterprise that produced Pharrell Williams’ nominated song “Happy” from Despicable Me 2. Listen to the song here.
In addition, Medill School alumna Nancy Utley Jacobs (J77, GJ78) is a producer for 12 Years a Slave, nominated for Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Film Editing, Best Production Design.