Academy Award Wins for AFI Alumni – American Film Institute
CODA Siân Heder Accepting Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay


Academy Award Wins for AFI Alumni

Photo caption: Siân Heder (AFI DWW Class of 2005) accepts the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for CODA – Credit: Blaine Ohigashi/A.M.P.A.S.

Congratulations to Siân Heder (AFI DWW Class of 2005), winner of Best Adapted Screenplay for CODA, which marks her first Oscar® win – along with the film’s win for Best Picture and Best Supporting Actor for Troy Kotsur at the 94th Academy Awards ceremony. With CODA’s record-breaking sale and sweeping the top awards at Sundance to its historic Screen Actors Guild, Producers Guild of America and Writers Guild of America wins and Academy Award® recognition, the film has proven to be a watershed moment in the representation of the Deaf community and culture onscreen. Watch Siân and the cast talk about the film at AFI AWARDS:

And also join us in celebrating all the AFI Alumni whose contributions helped to create the outstanding work honored with an Academy Award®:

Oscar Wins for AFI Alumni Projects 

Best Picture

In the Best Picture category, AFI cinematographers dominated with five out of the 10 Best Pictures nominees shot by AFI Alumni:

BELFAST – Haris Zambarloukos (AFI Class of 1994)

CODA – Paula Huidobro (AFI Class of 2004) – WINNER

KING RICHARD – Robert Elswit (AFI Class of 1977)

LICORICE PIZZA – Michael Bauman (AFI Class of 1992)

WEST SIDE STORY – Janusz Kamiński (AFI Class of 1987)

A special congratulations to cinematographer Paula Huidobro for her work on CODA, this year’s Best Picture winner.


Best Animated Feature


John B. Roesch (AFI Class of 1977), Foley Artist


Best Documentary Feature


Stefan Weinberger (AFI Class of 2012), Additional Camera


Best Visual Effects


Maricel Pagulayan (AFI Class of 1991), Visual Effects Producer



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