SF State alums nominated for Academy Awards

SF State alums Ethan Van der Ryn (B.A., '85) and Steve Zaillian (B.A., 75) were nominated for Academy Awards on Jan. 24, marking the 13th consecutive year SF State alums have earned Oscar nods.

A photo of Ethan Van der Ryn.

Ethan Van der Ryn

Van der Ryn received a nomination for Best Sound Editing for "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" and shares the nomination with Erik Aadahl. Zaillian was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay for "Moneyball," which he co-wrote with Aaron Sorkin and Stan Chervin.

The nomination is the fourth for Van der Ryn, who won the Oscar for Best Sound Editing in 2003, for "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers," and in 2006, for "King Kong." Van der Ryn was also nominated for Best Sound Editing in 2008 for "Transformers." Other films he has worked on include "Kung Fu Panda 2," "X-Men" and "Titanic." "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" is the third in the blockbuster film series based on the Transformers toys and comics.

Steve Zaillian has also received four nominations, winning an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay in 1994 for "Schindler's List." He also received Best Adapted Screenplay nods in 1991 for "Awakenings" and in 2003 for "Gangs of New York." Zaillian's other work includes "American Gangster," "Mission: Impossible" and "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo." "Moneyball," adapted from the popular book by Michael Lewis, is the story of how Oakland Athletics General Manager Billy Beane built a winning team in 2002 despite having one of the smallest budgets in Major League Baseball.

A photo of Steve Zaillian.

Steve Zaillian

The red carpet at the Oscars is familiar territory for SF State alumni. Past Academy Award-winners include: Christopher Boyes (B.A., '85), a four-time winner for Best Achievement in Sound Mixing in 2006 for "King Kong" and Best Sound Editing Awards in 2004 ("Pirates of the Carribean: The Curse of the Black Pearl"), 2002 ("Pearl Harbor") and 1998 ("Titanic"); Gloria Borders (B.A. '78), Best Sound Effects Editing for "Terminator 2: Judgment Day," 1991; and Shawn Murphy (B.A. '68), Best Sound for "Jurassic Park" in 1993. SF State nominees include Annette Bening (B.A., '85), whose most recent of four Oscar nods came in 2011 for "The Kids are All Right," and David Gropman (B.A., '74), nominated in 2000 for Best Art Direction-Set Decoration for "The Cider House Rules."

ABC will air the 84th Academy Awards at 4 p.m. Pacific Time on Sunday, Feb. 26. For more information and a full list of nominees, visit http://oscar.go.com. To find more SF State alumni excelling in film and television, visithttp://www.sfsu.edu/~hotshots/film.html.

-- Jonathan Morales