Five Yalies nominated for Academy Awards; two take home the prize

Five Yale alumni —Tom McCarthy DRA ’95, Josh Singer ’94, Yale faculty member David Lang ’83 M.M.A., ’89 D.M.A., Thomas Newman ’77, ’78 M.M., and Adam Stockhausen DRA ’99 — were nominees in the 88th Academy Awards ceremony on Feb. 28. Of the five nominees, McCarthy and Singer won the Academy Award in their respective category, Best Original Screenplay for “Spotlight. “

McCarthy is an actor, film director, and screenwriter, who has starred in such films as  “2012” and “Meet the Parents,” as well as in the television series “The Wire,” among many others. He made his directorial debut with “The Station Agent,” which he also wrote. He was the writer for the 2009 animated film “Up,” which was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.

His “Spotlight”co-writer, Josh Singer, is a producer and writer, who has written and produced episodes of “The West Wing,” “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit” and the hit  television series “Fringe,” among others.

Lang, who in 2008 won a Pulitzer Prize for Music for “The Little Match Girl Passion,” was nominated for Best Original Song for his “Simple Song No. 3” which was featured in “Youth.” Lang wrote the music and lyrics to the song, was also nominated for the Golden Globe Awards. His “Little Match Girl Passion” which also won a 2010 Grammy Award for Best Small Ensemble Performance.

Newman was nominated for Best Original Score for “Bridge of Spies.” This is Newman’s 13th Oscar nomination; he was also nominated for his scores to films including “Saving Mr. Banks,” “The Shawshank Redemption,” “American Beauty,” and “WALL-E.” He has won two BAFTAs, five Grammys, and an Emmy, and has been nominated for three Golden Globes.

Stockhausen was nominated for Best Production Design for “Bridge of Spies.” He has previously won an Academy Award for his set design work for the film “The Grand Budapest Hotel.”