BYU animation project ‘Owned’ wins first place at Student Academy Awards

A shot from Owned, the latest 'student Emmy' winner from the BYU Center for Animation. (Photo courtesy of BYU Center for Animation)
A shot from “Owned,” the latest Student Oscar winner from the BYU Center for Animation. (Courtesy BYU Center for Animation)

LOS ANGELES — BYU animators Daniel Clark and Wesley Tippets led their team to yet another award on Saturday, June 7, for their animation project.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presented a Student Oscar to the BYU animation team for their work on “Owned.” The animation was one of three to receive a Student Academy Award, but BYU animators scored first in their category, receiving a gold medal.

Students who worked on 15 different projects under the categories of “alternative, animation, documentary, narrative and foreign film” attended the awards ceremony at The Directors Guild of America Theater Complex in West Hollywood.

Other Oscar winners in the animation category include silver medalist Teng Cheng for his work on “Higher Sky,” and bronze medalist Hayley Foster for her work on “Yamashita.”

Forty-nine students from different universities were nominated for Student Academy Awards on May 2; the winners of the awards were announced May 15, 2014, but the medal placement was not announced until June 7.

BYU’s “Owned” previously received a student Emmy at the College Television Awards in April. The film has not been made available online as its general release would disqualify it for future awards.

The Academy established the awards ceremony in 1972 to encourage excellence in college-level filmmaking. The Student Academy Award, or “Student Oscar,” is one of the most prestigious awards given to collegiate productions. Previous winners include John Lasseter, Pete Docter, Robert Zemeckis, Trey Parker and Spike Lee.


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