Following the recent BAFTA Film Nominations which saw NFTS alumni collect a raft of nods alongside over 90 credits for our graduates, on Monday the Academy announced the 2020 Oscar nominees. We are thrilled to see four NFTS graduates nominated across four separate categories; Best Original Screenplay, Cinematography, Best Picture and Sound Mixing. In addition, NFTS graduate credits numbered over 50 across all films nominated by the Academy!

Krysty Wilson-Cairns who graduated from the NFTS in 2013, picked up her very first Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay for 1917 alongside Sam Mendes. Prior to writing 1917, Krysty who hails from Glasgow, worked on Penny Dreadful for a number of series and is currently co-writing Edgar Wright’s new film, Last Night in Soho. Krysty documented the unforgettable moment she found out she had been nominated for an Oscar on Instagram, pictured below.

Image courtesy of Krysty Wilson-Cairns Instagram (@krystycairns)

The unstoppable Roger Deakins nabbed his 15th Oscar nomination for 1917 for Best Cinematography, putting him into joint second place for the most nominations in that category. This could be Roger’s second Oscar win, having taken home a golden statuette for Blade Runner 2049 in 2018.

Roger Deakins winning his first Oscar in 2018

Staying with 1917, NFTS Graduate Stuart Wilson earned a nomination for Sound Mixing. Stuart’s nomination comes hot on the heels of the double BAFTA nomination he received for 1917 and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

Carthew Neal, an alumnus of the ground-breaking multi-media NFTS course Creative Business for Entrepreneurs and Executives (CBEE), picked up his first Oscar nomination in the Best Picture category for Jo Jo Rabbit. While on the course he produced case studies on film and TV production houses and developed a disruptive model for defining profits in new ventures. Shortly after completing his time at the NFTS, he launched Piki Films, a partnership in which he teamed up with Jo Jo Rabbit writer/director/producer Taika Waititi. Carthew is now New Zealand’s leading young producer, dividing his time between Berlin, NZ, the USA and London.

CBEE Course Leader Chris Auty commented: “It is wonderful to be able to applaud Carthew’s verve and commercial instinct. We salute him and wish him every success at the Oscars and for the future.”

Carthew Neal (left) pictured withTaika Waititi and Chelsea Winstanley at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival

Congratulations to all NFTS graduated nominated by The Academy! Read the full list of nominations here. Winners will be announced in LA on 9 February.

Some last remaining places on NFTS courses are still available to start February 2020. Scholarships and bursaries available. To find out more go to:

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