Yale at the Academy Awards

School of Drama alumna Meryl Streep — who earned her third Academy Award Feb. 26 for role as Margaret Thatcher in "The Iron Lady"  — is among a number of alumni who have gone on to win Oscar nods. Here are just a few.


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Meryl Streep, a 1975 graduate of the Yale School of Drama, has garnered 17 Oscar nominations during her career: 3 for Best Supporting Actress and 14 for Best Actress — including this year’s nomination for “Iron Lady.”
Streep, shown here at a 2003 Berkeley College master’s tea, has brought home three golden statuettes — for Best Supporting Actress (“Kramer vs. Kramer” 1979) and Best Actress (“Sophie’s Choice” 1982 and "The Iron Lady" 2012).
Frances McDormand, a 1985 graduate of Yale School of Drama, spoke at an Ezra Stiles master’s tea in 2000 — the year she was nominated as Best Supporting Actress for “Almost Famous.” She earned nominations in that category for “Mississippi Burning” (1988) and “North Country” (2005), and won an Oscar for Best Actress in “Fargo” (1996).
Paul Giamatti, who earned an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor in “Cinderella Man” (2005), spoke on campus in 2011 as a guest of the Mory’s Club. Giamatti holds degrees from Yale College (1989) and the Yale School of Drama (1994), and his father was the late Bart Giamatti, president of Yale.
Yale presented Jodie Foster with an honorary Doctor of Arts degree in 1997. The winner of two Best Actress Awards (“The Accused” in 1988 and “Silence of the Lambs” in 1991), Foster is a 1985 graduate of Yale College.
Edward Norton ’91 B.A. came to Yale in 1999 to screen his latest film, “Fight Club,” and talk about his career. At that time, he had already received two Academy Award nominations: Best Supporting Actor for “Primal Fear” (1996) and Best Actor for “American History X” (1998).
A 1962 Yale College graduate, Sam Waterston was one of the notable alumni featured at the Yale Bowl ceremony in 2001 celebrating the University’s Tercentennial. Waterston was nominated for Best Actor in 1984 for “The Killing Fields.”
The extended Yale family of Hollywood luminaries also includes Martin Scorsese, who received an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from the University in 2011. Scorsese won an Oscar for Best Director for “The Departed” in 2006 and was nominated to receive that honor again for his most recent film, “Hugo.”
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