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Ringling Alumni Continue the Oscar Legacy

    Ringling Alumni Continue the Oscar Legacy
    March 7, 2011 - In 2001, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences instituted the first Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. Since 2001, Ringling College alumni have been racking up the Oscars. In fact, alumni have worked on Academy Award winners every year except 2002, when a Japanese-produced film was chosen. This year’s winner, Toy Story 3, was the highest-grossing film of 2010, and the highest-grossing animated film of all time. It was also the second animated feature ever to be nominated for Best Picture.  Beauty and the Beast (1991) was the first. You guessed it – Ringling alumni worked on that one, too.

    Ringling College alumni also worked on James Cameron's Academy Award winning 3-D film Avatar, which features motion capture technology for body movements and facial expressions. 

     
    Below is a list of Academy Award winners for Best Animated Feature, and the Ringling graduates who helped bring them to life:

     
    Toy Story 3 (2010)
    Ben Beech ‘08
    Katie Coyle ‘05
    Doug Dooley ‘95
    Catherine Hicks ‘09
    Nick Pitera ‘08
    Jessica Sances ‘02
    Lindsay VanderGalien ‘06

    Up (2009)
    Katie Coyle ‘05
    Luke Martorelli ‘00
    Nick Pitera ‘08
    Gaston Ugarte ‘02
    Lindsay VanderGalien ‘06
    Alonso Martinez, '08

    Wall E (2008)

    Jamie Landes ‘04
    Amber Rudolph Martorelli ‘01
    Luke Martorelli ‘00
    Gaston Ugarte ‘02

    Ratatouille
    (2007)

    Paul Aichelle ‘92
    Doug Dooley ‘95
    Jamie Landes ‘04
    Amber Rudolph Martorelli ‘01
    Luke Martorelli ‘00

    Happy Feet (2006)

    Maggie Langley ‘95
    David Linsey ‘03
    Shawn Lovette ‘97
    Brock Stearn ‘01
    Tonya Noerr Tornberg ‘01

    Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005)

    Jason Wen ‘99

    The Incredibles (2004)
    Doug Dooley ‘95
    Billy Merritt ‘97

    Finding Nemo (2003)
    Paul Aichele ‘92
    Doug Dooley ‘95
    Billy Merritt ‘97

    Shrek (2001)
    Rhett Collier ‘95
    David Doepp ‘94
    Tim Keon ‘94

     

    Also in 2010, Ringling College students won 8 out of 15 CINE Golden Eagle Awards in the student division for animation and Departure of Love won a Special Jury Award.