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The awards support excellence in filmmaking at the college level

by USC Cinematic Arts staff
Once Upon a Line still
Still image from the animated film Once Upon a Line (Photo/Courtesy of Alicja Jasina)

Two Trojans at the USC School of Cinematic Arts have received nominations for Student Academy Awards given by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Halima Lucas (production division) was nominated in the narrative category for Amelia’s Closet and Alicja Jasina of the John C. Hench Division of Animation & Digital Arts was nominated in the animation category for Once Upon a Line.

“I was stunned and humbled. I couldn’t wait to tell the team what we had accomplished,” Lucas said. “We made the film on God’s grace and gaff tape. Truly it came together with a team of people who were passionate about the story and deeply committed to the project no matter what we were facing or resources we had.”

Halima Lucas, Amelia's Closet

Director Halima Lucas on the set of Amelia’s Closet with actress Kira Jane Pinkney. (Photo/Courtesy of USC School of Cinematic Arts)

Amelia’s Closet is a coming-of age-story about an 11-year-old girl from a low-income background who lives with her single father. Once Upon a Line is an animated film about a man who leads a dull life until he falls in love.

The AMPAS established the Student Academy Awards in 1972 to support and encourage excellence in filmmaking at the collegiate level. Past Student Academy Award winners have gone on to receive 46 Oscar nominations and have won or shared eight awards.

The winners will be announced in a ceremony to be held on Sept. 22.


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