With all the SAA winners in town, it was time to officially welcome them. And what better place than at the Academy’s Margaret Herrick Library?
After delicious appetizers (the big hit was the Asian beef in a spoon), the winners and Academy members sat down in the Bob Hope Lobby and were welcomed by program director Rich Miller:
Followed by an introduction by Student Academy Awards Executive Committee chair Woody Omens:
A moving speech from the Academy’s Director of the Library Linda Mehr:
And a poem on greatness by The Graduate’s make-out king, Brian Avery:
A toast was made:
And on with the mingling!
Alternative category winner Amanda Tasse with Academy member Wolfgang Glattes and his wife Kathryn.
Animation winner David Wolter and wife Amanda chatting with Sima Balser.
Animation Eric Prah talking with Academy member Victor Kemper (Cinematographers branch).
Foreign film winner Elmar Imanov talking to Actors branch member Damian London.
Cinematographer Woody Omens talks with documentary winner Keiko Wright and Producers branch member Michael Taylor.
Actors branch member Brian Avery chats with documentary winner Ellen Tripler and Stephen Tringali.
Short Films & Feature Branch Governor chats with Narrative winner Ryan Prows and his wife.
Narrative category winner Mark Raso and wife chat with cinematographer Victor Kemper.
Documentary winner Heather Burky (center) chats with Sound Branch Governor Don Hall and Florence Omens.
Foreign film winner Thomas Stuber chats with Academy member Wolfgang Glattes and Kathryn Glattes.
Narrative winner Justin Tipping and Joshua Beirne-Golden enjoying the reception.
Cinematographer Victor Kemper and animation winner David Wolter.
Oh look, it’s some of our favorite Academy staff members:
Woody Omens said the event was “overwhelming and in the most beautiful setting this student award dinner has ever been held.”
Linda Mehr was “thrilled to have the students here, hope they’ll come back again and hope to document their films in the future”.
John Landis was in attendance. We approached him for a quote while he was speaking with winner Justin Tipping:
“Justin Tipping told me Justin Tipping’s film is great.” -John Landis.