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Posted at 12:43 PM ET, 02/26/2012

An Oscar-producing education

Where do people who are nominated for — and win — Academy Awards go to college? All over the place, and, not surprisingly, the schools are all too happy to shout about it.

For example, New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, one of the world’s leading film schools, issued a press release listing all of the nominees who have a chance of winning an Oscar this year and noted that the show’s host, Billy Crystal, is a 1970 alum.


Actor Billy Crystal is the host of the 76th Annual Academy Awards. (Kevin Winter - GETTY IMAGES)
Tisch did well this year, with nine nominations for its former students. These include two nominations for Martin Scorsese (for Hugo, best picture and directing), who attended New York University in the 1960s and received a bachelor’s degree as well as a master’s at Tisch. Five of the nine films nominated for best picture have Tisch ties: Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, The Help, Hugo, Moneyball and The Artist. You can see all the details here.

Emerson College, a school in Boston highly regarded for its arts and communications, also boasts numerous Oscar 2012 ties — and has even sent student journalists to Los Angeles to report from the red carpet. The school has a direct connection to the actual broadcast because a 1991 alum is the art director of the ceremony. And a 1981 alum, Sarah Green, produced The Tree of Life, which is nominated for best picture and two other Oscars. You can see the details here.

Other schools with links to the Academy Awards include:

*UCLA claims five Academy Award nominations for its students and alumni of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television: two for best film and one each for best director, best screenplay and best animated feature. The biggest victory here is Alexander Payne, who earned a masters of fine arts in 1990, who received three nominations, for best director, best adapted screenplay and best picture for his work on The Descendants, starring George Clooney. You can see the details here.

Meanwhile, here’s where some of the best actress and actor nominees attended college:


Actors and friends George Clooney (L) and Brad Pitt both went to college but quit before earning a degree. (Alberto E. Rodriguez - GETTY IMAGES)

Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs The College of William and Mary

Viola Davis, The Help — Rhode Island College and the Juilliard School

Rooney Mara, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo — George Washington University and New York University

Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady — Vassar College for BA; Yale School of Drama for MFA

Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn — didn’t attend college

Demián Bichir, A Better Life — didn’t go to college

Jean Dujardin, The Artist — didn’t go to college

Gary Oldman, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy — didn’t go to college; dropped out of high school at age 16

Brad Pitt, Moneyball — University of Missouri, majored in journalism with focus on advertising but dropped out shortly before graduation to become an actor.

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