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Three grads invited to join Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

July 14, 2015

Congratulations to animation alumni Alan Barillaro (1996), Michael Fukushima (1985, pictured) and Michael Thurmeier (1997) on being invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.  The world's most preeminent movie related organization, the Academy is responsible for the annual Oscar nominations and awards.

Alan Barillaro is a Supervising Animator at Pixar whose credits include the multi-award-winning features Monsters Inc., The Incredibles, WALL-E and Brave.

An Oscar nominee for the animated short
No Time for Nuts in 2006, Michael Thurmeier is a Director at Blue Sky Studios who is known for his work on Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs and Ice Age: Continental Drift.

Michael Fukushima is Executive Producer of the National Film Board’s English Animation Studio. He produced
Me and My Moulton which received the 2015 Canadian Screen Award for Best Animated Short, as well as the Oscar-nominated animated short Sunday (2012). Michael Fukushima was a guest speaker at the 2014 Society of Animation Studies Conference hosted by Sheridan.

There are now six Sheridan-associated members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Animation alumni Rex Grignon (1984), Head of Character Animation at DreamWorks, and Chris Williams (1993), Director of Disney’s
Big Hero Six, winner of the 2015 Oscar for Best Animated Feature. Bachelor of Animation Professor Nancy Beiman is also an Academy member.

Click here for a full list of all 2015 Academy invitees