AFI Conservatory Alumni Receive Five Oscar Nominations


AFI Conservatory Thesis Film Is Among The Nominees

Last Updated: January 14, 2016 11:20 pm GMT
(Los Angeles, California--January 14, 2016) TWO FOR BEST PICTURE: Steve Golin BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: Robert Richardson

With the Academy Award® nominations revealed Thursday morning, the American Film Institute is proud to share the latest awards season accomplishments of AFI Conservatory alumni.

88th Academy Awards® Nominations
Four AFI Conservatory alumni are among the 2016 Oscar® nominees.

Director/writer Henry Hughes’ (AFI Class of 2014) AFI Conservatory thesis film DAY ONE received a Best Live Action Short nomination following an awards season winning streak that included the gold medal at the 2015 Student Academy Awards. DAY ONE is the 13th AFI Conservatory thesis film to receive an Oscar® nomination, with three going on to win.

Producer Steve Golin (AFI Class of 1981) received Best Picture nominations for both THE REVENANT and SPOTLIGHT; ANOMALISA director/producer Duke Johnson (AFI Class of 2006) has been nominated for Best Animated Feature; and cinematographer Robert Richardson (AFI Class of 1979) has been nominated for his work on THE HATEFUL EIGHT.

73rd Golden Globe Awards
Of the seven Conservatory alumni who received 2016 Golden Globe nominations, two alumni took top honors. MR. ROBOT executive producer/creator Sam Esmail (AFI Class of 2004) and executive producer Steve Golin shared the Best Television Series – Drama award, while Golin also won the award for Best Motion Picture – Drama as a producer on THE REVENANT.

Previously Announced Awards
Thirty-nine alumni were among the creative ensembles behind the year’s most outstanding films and television series honored at AFI AWARDS 2015, including: BRIDGE OF SPIES cinematographer Janusz Kamiński (AFI Class of 1987); CAROL editor Affonso Gonçalves (AFI Class of 1993); HOMELAND executive producer/director Lesli Linka Glatter (AFI Conservatory Directing Workshop for Women, Class of 1982) and executive producer/writer Gideon Raff (AFI Class of 2003); MAD MEN director Jennifer Getzinger (AFI DWW, Class of 2005); MR. ROBOT’s Sam Esmail and Steve Golin, the latter of whom was also honored for SPOTLIGHT; STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON cinematographer Matthew Libatique (AFI Class of 1992); and UNREAL co-creator Sarah Gertrude Shapiro (AFI DWW, Class of 2012).

In this current awards season to date, AFI Conservatory graduates have also received: a Directors Guild of America (DGA) Award nomination; eight Producers Guild of America (PGA) Award nominations plus the PGA Stanley Kramer Award; three British Academy Film Award nominations; two 2016 Sundance Screenwriters Lab fellowships; two American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Award nominations; two American Cinema Editors (ACE) Eddie Award nominations; 11 Critics’ Choice Award nominations; four Writers Guild of America (WGA) Award nominations; two Gotham Awards; three Annie Award nominations; four Film Independent Spirit Award nominations; three Emmy Awards®; a historic sweep of the 2015 Student Academy Awards Narrative category’s gold, silver and bronze prizes; and more.

About the AFI Conservatory
The AFI Conservatory offers a two-year Master of Fine Arts degree in six filmmaking disciplines: Cinematography, Directing, Editing, Producing, Production Design and Screenwriting. Aspiring artists learn from the masters in a collaborative, hands-on production environment with an emphasis on storytelling. Within the Conservatory is also a unique training program, the AFI Conservatory Directing Workshop for Women (DWW). AFI Conservatory’s alumni have been consistently recognized with all of the major industry awards — Academy Awards®, Emmy Awards®, guild awards — as well as the Tony Awards®. Esteemed director, producer and screenwriter James L. Brooks serves as Artistic Director of the AFI Conservatory where he provides creative leadership for the elite film program. Proud supporters of the AFI Conservatory are American Airlines, the official airline of AFI and VIZIO, the official home theater sponsor of AFI.

About the American Film Institute
AFI is America's promise to preserve the heritage of the motion picture, to honor the artists and their work and to educate the next generation of storytellers. AFI programs include the AFI Catalog of Feature Films and the AFI Archive, which preserve film heritage for future generations; the AFI Life Achievement Award, the highest honor for a career in film; AFI AWARDS, honoring the most outstanding movies and TV series of the year; AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies television events and movie reference lists, which have introduced and reintroduced classic American movies to millions of film lovers; year-round and special event exhibition through AFI FEST presented by Audi, AFI DOCS and the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center; and educating the next generation of storytellers at the world-renowned AFI Conservatory. For more information about AFI, visit or connect with AFI at,, and


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