Purchase will once again have ties to the Oscar Awards when the ceremony is telecast on February 27 from Los Angeles to more than 200 countries worldwide.
Former student Melissa Leo was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role in The Fighter as a domineering stage mother to two sons in the cuthroat world of boxing. The film stars Christian Bale and Mark Whalberg. Ms. Leo won a Golden Globe for her supporting role in The Fighter at this year's award ceremony.
The Black Swan, which had many scenes filmed at the Performing Arts Center, received numerous Oscar nominations including Best Picture , Natalie Portman for Best Actress, Darren Aronofsky for Best Director.
Michelle Williams received a Best Actress nomination for her role Blue Valentine which was co-produced by Purchase Professor Alex Orlovsky.
Purchase alum William Sarokin was nominated for sound mixing for the film Salt starring Angelina Jolie.