Five Colleges Have Long History with Oscars

Wednesday, February 7, 2007 - 3:45pm

This article ran in the Daily Hampshire Gazette on Tuesday, February 6, 2007.

By Kristin Palpini

The three Hampshire College alumni nominated for Academy Awards this year are not the first people with ties to the Five Colleges to have had a crack at winning an Oscar.

The following is a partial list of some of the other former students and professors from Smith, Hampshire and Mount Holyoke colleges who have won or have been nominated for Academy Awards. Note: Hampshire College identifies student classes by when the students entered the school, not when they graduated.

  • 1955, Nancy Hamilton, 1930 Smith College alumna, was the first woman to win the Oscar for best documentary when she produced "Helen Keller in Her Story."

     

  • 1973, Julia Phillips, 1965 Mount Holyoke College alumna, was the first woman to win an Oscar for best picture, when she was co-producer of "The Sting."

     

  • 1981, Ken Burns, Hampshire College entering class of 1971, was nominated for an Oscar for making the documentary "Brooklyn Bridge."

     

  • 1984, Rob Epstein, Hampshire College entering class of 1973, won an Oscar for "The Times of Harvey Milk."

     

  • 1986, Deborah Shaffer, 1970 Mount Holyoke College alumna, won the Oscar for best documentary short subject, when she directed "Witness to War: Dr. Charlie Clements."

     

  • 1986, Karen Goodman and Kirk Simon, both of the Hampshire College entering class of 1972, were nominated for an Oscar as producers and directors of "Heart of Gold."

     

  • 1988, Karen Goodman was nominated for an Oscar for producing and directing the documentary "Children's Storefront."

     

  • 1990, Karen Goodman and Kirk Simon were nominated for an Oscar for producing and directing the documentary "Chimps: So Like Us."

     

  • 1993, Jeff Maguire, Hampshire College entering class of 1970, won an Oscar for best original screenplay for "In the Line of Fire."

     

  • 1995, Debra Martin Chase, 1977 Mount Holyoke College alumna, was nominated for an Oscar in the best documentary category for producing "Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream." Although she did not win an Oscar that year the film won both the Emmy and Peabody awards.

     

  • 1999, John Irving, a Mount Holyoke College assistant professor of English from 1975-78, won the Oscar for best adapted screenplay, for "The Cider House Rules."

     

  • 2001, Tracy Seretean, 1983 Smith College alumna, won the Oscar for best documentary short subject when she made "Big Mama."

     

  • 2003, Lauren Lazin, 1982 Smith College alumna, was nominated for an Oscar for directing "Tupac Resurrection," in the best documentary category.

     

  • 2007, Jocelyn Glatzer, Hampshire College entering class of 1987, is nominated for an Oscar for best documentary for producing "My Country, My Country."

     

  • 2007, Karen Goodman and Kirk Simon are nominated for an Oscar in the best documentary short subject category for producing and directing "Rehearsing a Dream."

 

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