Academy Awards nominations 2022: Where did the Oscar nominees go to university?

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This year marks the 94th anniversary of the Oscars, and we’ve taken a look at where the 2022 nominees went to university to prep themselves for a career in the film industry.

Although some of the talent did not attend university, choosing instead to dive straight into work, there are 130 universities, theatre schools and specialist schools from all over the world on this year’s list.

Unsurprisingly, universities and colleges in North America and the UK are well represented, but universities in Japan, Denmark, Poland, India and New Zealand also feature. 

It is also important to note that universities and theatre schools were still included in this list even if the nominee dropped out part way through their course or transferred to another university during their degree programme – and some of the nominees’ education information was not available online at the time of publication.

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art: four nominated alumni

The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (Rada) in London has produced the joint highest number of Oscar nominees this year. Many successful actors hone their craft at this prestigious theatre, film and television school.

Among the alumni from Rada is Sir Kenneth Branagh (who also happens to be president of the school) who has been nominated in three categories this year for directing, film and original screenplay for his semi-autobiographical film Belfast.

Other nominees who have attended Rada include actor and director Maggie Gyllenhaal and Belfast actor Ciarán Hinds. 

Alumnus Film Nomination
Sir Kenneth Branagh Belfast Directing, best motion picture and writing (original screenplay)
Maggie Gyllenhaal The Lost Daughter Best adapted screenplay
Ciarán Hinds Belfast Best actor in a leading role
Jessie Buckley The Lost Daughter Best actress in a supporting role

University of California, Los Angeles: four nominated alumni  

Given its proximity to Hollywood, it’s no surprise that the University of California, Los Angeles is in joint first position. 

Best actress nominee Kristen Stewart was enrolled on an English literature course at the university back in 2013, although it is unclear whether she completed her degree or not. Two of the nominees worked on the sci-fi epic Dune and a further two recognised for their work in visual effects. 

Alumnus Film Nomination
Kristen Stewart Spencer Best actress in a leading role
Eric Roth Dune Best adapted screenplay
Brian Connor Dune Best visual effects
Kelly Port Spiderman: No Way Home Best visual effects

University of Southern California: four nominated alumni

The University of Southern California consistently ranks among the world’s top 100 universities. Opened in Los Angeles in 1880, prior to the city getting electric lighting, pavements or telephones, the university has since established a tradition of turning out impressive silver screen talent. 

This year is no different, with four nominated alumni who attended USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. 

Alumnus Film  Nomination
Ben Proudfoot The Queen of Basketball Best documentary short subject
K.D Dávila Please Hold Best live action short film 
Levin Menekse Please Hold Best live action short film 
Gary Rydstrom West Side Story Best sound

Harvard University: three nominated alumni

Harvard is the alma mater of three nominees this year, including film and TV composer Nicholas Britell. It is one of the most prestigious universities in the world, with a strong theatre and film scene. 

Two of the nominees, Jared Bush and Clark Spencer, worked together on the animated hit Encanto. Bush studied American and English literature at the university while Spencer graduated with a degree in history. 

Alumnus Film Nomination
Jared Bush Encanto Best animated feature film
Clark Spencer Encanto Best animated feature film
Nicholas Britell Dune Best original score

Dartmouth College: three nominated alumni

Another Ivy League institution, Dartmouth College, produced three of 2022’s Oscar nominees. 

Dartmouth alumni Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were nominated for their work on the animated feature film The Mitchells vs. the Machines. 

Alumnus Film  Nomination 
Phil Lord The Mitchells vs. the Machines Best animated feature film
Christopher Miller The Mitchells vs. the Machines Best animated feature film
Andrew Weisblum Tick, Tick...Boom Achievement in film editing

Where did the rest of the nominees go to university?

University Nominees
Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (Rada) 4
University of California, Los Angeles 4
USC School of Cinematic Arts 4
Harvard University 3
Dartmouth College 3
Royal Central School of Speech and Drama 2
University of Cambridge 2
NYU Tisch School of the Arts 2
University of California, Santa Barbara 2
University of Zurich 2
New York University 2
AFI Conservatory 2
Royal College of Art 2
University of California, Berkeley 2
Columbia University 2
University of Pennsylvania 2
University of California, Davis 2
Tulane University 2
University of Delhi 2
Jamia Millia Islamia 2
Yale University 2
Stanford University 2
National Film and Television School 2
Cardiff University 2
Princeton University 2
Bournemouth University 2
Escuela de Artes y Oficios 1
University of Manchester 1
London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) 1
Fordham University 1
American Conservatory Theatre 1
Queen's University Belfast 1
Gallaudet University 1
University of Montana 1
Sacramento City College 1
American Academy of Dramatic Arts 1
Bristol Old Vic Theatre School 1
Royal Irish Academy of Music 1
Western Carolina University 1
Brown University 1
The Evergreen State College 1
Loyola Marymount University 1
University of Copenhagen 1
University of Bedfordshire 1
Roskilde University 1
Gobelins School 1
School of Visual Arts 1
Fashion Institute of Technology 1
California Institute of the Arts 1
University of Iowa 1
Chapman University 1
Boston University College of Fine Arts 1
RMIT University 1
National Film School of Denmark 1
Victorian College of Arts 1
Sorbonne University 1
École Supérieure Libre d'Études Cinématographiques 1
Columbia College Chicago  1
Central School of Art and Design 1
University of Florence 1
Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia  1
University of Sussex 1
North Carolina School of the Arts  1
The University of Tokyo 1
Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music 1
Santa Monica College 1
Emerson College 1
Victoria University of Wellington 1
Sydney College of the Arts  1
California State University, Long Beach 1
The New School 1
University of Missouri 1
City College of New York 1
Settlement Music School 1
Boston University 1
Humber College 1
University of Jordan 1
Parson's School of Design, The New School 1
University at Buffalo 1
University of Oregon 1
San Francisco State University 1
University of Massachusetts Amherst 1
Oberlin College 1
Lawrence University 1
European Film College 1
London College of Fashion 1
Rice University 1
Wesleyan University 1
California State University, Northridge 1
Penn State University 1
Temple University 1
Université du Québec à Montréal. 1
Montana State University 1
Cornell University 1
University of Guadalajara 1
University of Toronto 1
University of British Columbia 1
Villanova University 1
Georgetown University 1
UNSW Sydney 1
Concordia University 1
Capilano University 1
Auckland University of Technology 1
University of Cincinnati 1
Massachusetts College of Art 1
Marquette University 1
Middlesex University 1
Goldsmiths, University of London 1
Rutgers University 1
Almaty State University 1
Zurich University of Arts 1
University of Buenos Aires 1
University of Warsaw 1
Film School Krzysztof Kieślowski of the University of Silesia in Katowice  1
University of Leeds 1
University of Oxford 1
University of Texas at Austin 1
Courtauld Institute of Art 1
Portland State University 1
University of Birmingham 1
SUNY Alfred State College 1
Teesside University 1
Brooks Institute 1
Coventry University 1
University of Sydney 1
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 1
Moorpark College 1
Carnegie Mellon School of Drama 1
Kindai University 1
Northwestern University 1
Johns Hopkins University 1

The film professionals nominated for Academy Awards for movies they have directed, produced, acted in, written and edited are a mixed bunch: these are the universities in the running to win the alumni Oscars