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Former Sheridan Animation Student Gets Oscar Nod for Bolt

February 18, 2009

Chris Williams, a former Sheridan animation student, is up for his first Academy Award nomination for Bolt in the Best Animated Feature Film category. Bolt is the first feature-length film directed by Williams, who shares the nomination with co-director Byron Howard.

For Immediate Release: February 18, 2009
Oakville, Ontario


Chris Williams, a former Sheridan animation student, is up for his first Academy Award nomination for Bolt in the Best Animated Feature Film category. Bolt is the first feature-length film directed by Williams, who shares the nomination with co-director Byron Howard. 

Williams earned a bachelor of fine arts degree at the University of Waterloo before enrolling in Sheridan's animation program. In his second year, he was hired to work at Disney when the studio's recruiters visited Sheridan. While he left before completing the full program (3 courses short), Williams credits Sheridan with launching him on his animation career. "When I started there, I didn't know much about animation. All I knew is that I loved to draw and create stories," he says. "My respect and love for animation took root at Sheridan. It was an amazing learning experience." 

Over the course of his fourteen years at Disney, Williams has contributed to such films as Mulan, The Emperor's New Groove, and Chicken Little. He is the seventh Sheridan alumnus to receive an Academy Award nomination. Past nominees include Steve Williams, James Straus, Michael Thurmeier, Erin Faith Young, and winners Jon Minnis and Eric Armstrong (Best Animated Short Film - 1986 and 2003, respectively.). The Academy Awards presentation will take place on Sunday, February 22. 

Sheridan is world-renowned for its animation programs, which attract students from around the world to the Trafalgar Road Campus in Oakville, Ontario. In addition to a four-year degree in animation which blends traditional and contemporary approaches to the discipline, Sheridan also offers one-year graduate certificate programs in computer animation, computer animation - digital visual effects and digital character animation. For more information, visit sheridaninstitute.ca