Two Oakville school alumni receive Oscar nominations


Published January 24, 2023 at 5:59 pm

Sheridan College Bachelor of Arts graduate Domee Shi, left, and former Sheridan student Chris Williams were nominated for an Oscar on Tuesday in the Best Animated Feature category. SHERIDAN COLLEGE PHOTOS

Two alumni from Sheridan College’s Bachelor of Animation program in Oakville earned Oscar nods on Tuesday (Jan. 24)

Former student Chris Williams and 2011 program graduate Domee Shi were both nominated in the Best Animated Feature category.

As well, Sheridan media arts alumnus Craig Henighan (1995) received a nomination for the 95th Academy Awards for Sound Mixing.

The Oscars recognize excellence in cinematic achievements. The winners will be announced at a special ceremony on March. 12, 2023.

The duo are aiming to repeat their earlier success at the Oscars. Shi took the golden statuette home for her short film Bao in 2019, and Williams won in 2015 for Big Hero 6. Williams was also nominated for an Oscar in 2009 for Bolt.

“We are incredibly proud of Domee and Chris. Their repeat nominations speak volumes about their calibre as visionary animators, storytellers, writers, and artists,” says Sheridan President and Vice Chancellor Dr. Janet Morrison. “Domee and Chris are also exceptionally generous. They have both visited us over the past year to share their wisdom with hundreds of our current students, creating a virtuous circle of support and inspiration.

“Hearing from globally-renowned filmmakers helps prepare our students to be the best in the business.”

Williams is nominated for his work in the animated short The Sea Beast. He is the co-writer and director of the film.

Shi, also a Pixar storyboard artist, received her nomination for her work in Turning Red. It is the first Pixar movie to be directed by a woman.

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