Curious about which film schools produced the most winners and nominees at the 95th Academy Awards? We ranked the top 4 film schools at the film industry’s biggest night of the year according to their ratio of Academy Awards nominations to wins and the weight of each category. Plus, find out how 40 other film schools in America and worldwide ranked.

The Winner: Emerson College


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4 Nominations

Best Picture — Everything Everywhere All at Once (Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert, Producers)
Best Picture — Tár (Alexandra Milchan, Producer)
Best Original Screenplay — Everything Everywhere All at Once (Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert)
Best Directing —Everything Everywhere All at Once (Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert)

3 Wins
Best Picture — Everything Everywhere All at Once (Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert, Producers)
Best Original Screenplay — Everything Everywhere All at Once (Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert)
Best Directing — Everything Everywhere All at Once (Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert)

About Emerson College’s Honorees

Winners of Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay (Everything Everywhere All at Once), Producer-Director Daniel Kwan ‘10 (BFA, Media Arts Production) and Producer-Director Daniel Scheinert ‘09 (BFA, Media Arts Production) made history when their film won seven above-the-line Oscars — more than any other nominated film in the past 95 years. The Daniels thanked Mira Tocci, former Artist-in-residence, Ken Cheeseman, and other Emerson College faculty for the success of their mind-bending multiverse film.

The Daniels met at Emerson College; after completing their final semester at the Los Angeles campus, they formed their production company. Computer Animation Professor John-Craig Freeman attributes their success to their work ethic and innovating with emerging film technologies. Their unconventional filmmaking style also sparked a series of revolutionary wins: Jamie Lee Curtis received her first Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, and Michelle Yeoh made cinematic history as the first Asian woman to win the Oscar for Best Actress. Everything Everywhere All at Once is also Shirley Kurata’s first box office hit and Oscar win for Best Costume Design.

Nominated for Best Picture (Tár), Producer Alexandra Milchan ‘94 (BA, Media Arts Production) runs Emjag Productions and partners with industry giants like David Fincher for his forthcoming Netflix series, Feature the Killer. After graduating from Emerson College, Milchan climbed the ranks in the film industry before producing The Wolf of Wall Street in 2013, Director Martin-Scorsese’s highest-grossing film worldwide.

About Emerson College’s Film Programs​

Emerson College offers top-notch film programs for innovative and artistic filmmakers. In 2022, FilmSchool.org awarded Emerson College runner-up for Best East Coast Film School, and The Hollywood Reporter ranked Emerson College no. 6 in its annual list of the top 25 film schools in America. A tight-knit community of filmmakers, semesters in Los Angeles, access to stellar equipment, and alumni networking through the "Emerson Mafia" ensure most film students are well-prepared to jump from the classroom to the industry.

Emerson College’s Film and Media MFA is a two- to three-year program that promotes an in-depth understanding of film, audio, video, and interactive media. Filmmakers can also participate in Emerson College's low-residency Writing for Film and Television MFA, a full-time, two-year program where students learn to write for film, television, and emerging media by creating original feature, pilot, and short screenplays.

Emerson College also offers two undergraduate film degrees: Film Art (Global BFA) and Media Arts Production (BA/BFA). The Film Art BFA offers undergraduate filmmakers the extraordinary opportunity to study film and fine art year-round at Paris College of Art and complete summer residencies in Boston and the Netherlands. The Media Arts Production major teaches undergraduates how to explore emerging media and master essential filmmaking techniques. BA students build on their knowledge of production modes, film criticism, and film theory while BFA students undertake a multimedia capstone project.

2nd Place: American Film Institute Conservatory


4 Nominations
Best Picture — Tár (Todd Field, Producer)
Best Directing — Tár (Todd Field)
Best Documentary Feature — Navalny (Diane Becker)
Best Documentary Feature — Navalny (Diane Becker)

1 Win
Best Documentary Feature — Navalny (Diane Becker)

About American Film Institute Conservatory's Honorees​


Winner of Best Documentary Feature (Navalny), Diane Becker ‘06 (MFA, Producing) is the co-founder of Fishbowl Films and a member of Producers Guild of America and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. AFI helped Becker find her voice as a filmmaker and master running a set, developing a film budget, and other aspects of producing for film and television.

Nominated for Best Picture (Tár), Producer Todd Field ‘95 (MFA, Directing) is a three-time Academy Award nominee. Tár features Best Actress nominee Cate Blanchett in what is widely considered her best performance. Field studied alongside fellow Darren Aronofsky and graduated AFI as a dynamo in film. To date, Field has worked as an actor, writer, producer, and director in 59 films.

About American Film Institute Conservatory's Film Programs​

AFI offers intensive, two-year MFA programs with courses and seminars led by film industry heavyweights in Los Angeles, California. As an educational nonprofit, AFI emphasizes collaboration and telling stories that bridge cultural differences and explore the nuances of the human experience. Graduate fellows study Directing, Screenwriting, Editing, Cinematography, Producing, and Production Design.

Are you considering joining Field, Becker, and other film industry leaders by becoming a fellow at AFI? Before you apply, read FilmSchool.org’s exclusive interview with the AFI Admissions Department for insider tips on what the film school looks for in the personal statement, essays, and creative portfolio. For important dates and deadlines, scholarships and awards, and tips to streamline the application process, read FilmSchool.org's "AFI: How to Apply” guide.

3rd Place: New York University Tisch School of the Arts


5 Nominations
Best Picture — The Fabelmans (Tony Kushner, Producer)
Best Actress in a Supporting Role — Everything Everywhere All at Once (Stephanie Hsu)
Best Adapted Screenplay — All Quiet on the Western Front (Edward Berger)
Best Adapted Screenplay — Top Gun: Maverick (Ehren Kruger)
Best Animated Film — Marcel the Shell With Shoes On (Dean Fleischer Camp, Andrew Goldman, Paul Mezey)

About NYU Tisch’s Honorees​

Nominated for Best Picture (The Fabelmans), Producer Tony Kusher '84 (MFA, Dramatic Writing) helped bring long-time creative partner Steven Speilberg’s childhood to the silver screen to earn his fourth Oscar nomination. Previously, Kushner produced the West Side Story remake in 2021 and co-produced Fences in 2016.

Nominated for Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Everything Everywhere All at Once), Stephanie Hsu ‘12 (BFA, Drama) studied experimental theater at NYU Tisch before landing two roles on Broadway. Hsu also took home the UK Film Critics Association award for Supporting Actress of the Year and a North Carolina Film Critics Association award for Best Supporting Actress.

Nominated for Best Animated Film (Marcel the Shell With Shoes On), Dean Fleischer Camp ‘07 (BFA, Kanbar Institute, Film & Television) made his directorial debut at the 95th Academy Awards. The quirky drama-comedy was produced by fellow nominees Andrew Goldman ‘07 (BFA, Kanbar Institute, Film & Television) and Paul Mezey ‘96 (MFA, Kanbar Institute, Graduate Film).

Nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay (All Quiet on the Western Front), Screenwriter Edward Berger ‘94 (MFA, Kanbar Institute, Graduate Film) explored Germany’s devastating role in starting World War One. The film received nine Oscar nominations, the second-highest of the night.

Nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay (Top Gun: Maverick), Screenwriter Ehren Kruger ‘93 (BFA, Kanbar Institute, Film & Television) is known for his work on multi-million dollar film series such as Transformers and The Ring. Top Gun: Maverick is Kruger’s first box office hit in two decades.

About NYU Tisch’s Film Programs​

Located in the heart of New York City, NYU Tisch Kanbar Institute of Film & Television is among the best East Coast film schools for filmmakers in all genres. In 2022, FilmSchool.org ranked NYU Tisch the Best East Coast Film School. Metaflix.com ranked NYU Tisch no. 2 in its list of the top 25 film schools of 2023.

NYU Tisch is celebrated for its commitment to diversity and consistently earns top marks for producing award-winning filmmakers from all backgrounds. New York City is home to DOC NYC, the largest documentary film festival in America, and widely considered the top city for documentary and indie filmmakers.

At the undergraduate level, NYU Tisch offers degrees in Cinema Studies, Film & Television, and Dramatic Writing, and a dual BS in Business/BFA in Film & Television through Stern School of Business offered jointly by Stern School of Business and Tisch.

Graduate students can study Film & Television, Dramatic Writing, or the dual MBA in Business/MFA in Film & Television offered jointly by Stern School of Business and Tisch.

If you picture yourself studying film at NYU Tisch or want to apply soon, read FilmSchool.org's "NYU Tisch: How to Apply" guide. Find out everything you need to know about important dates and deadlines, the Tisch Summer High School Program, managing the cost of attendance, core classes for its most popular film programs, and more.

Honorable Mention: University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts


3 Nominations
Best Picture — Avatar: The Way of the Water (Jon Landau, Producer)
Best Actor in a Supporting Role — Everything Everywhere All at Once (Ke Huy Quan)
Best Adapted Screenplay — Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery (Rian Johnson)

1 Win
Best Actor in a Supporting Role — Everything Everywhere All at Once (Ke Huy Quan)

About University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts’ Honorees​

Winner of Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Everything Everywhere All at Once), Ke Huy Quan ‘99 (BFA, Film & Television) had a colorful early life as a child star in Indiana Jones and The Goonies before stepping out of the limelight to become a stunt producer. After taking a break from acting for 35 years, Everything Everywhere All At Once is Huy’s comeback role and the crowning achievement of his career.

Nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay (Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery), Screenwriter Rian Johnson ‘96 (BFA, Film & Television) brings a formidable wit and sense of style to the screen. Critics praised the slick sequel to Johnson’s Oscar-nominated feature film, Knives Out (2019). Recently, Peacock renewed his "howcatchem" murder mystery series, Poker Face, starring Natasha Lyonne and guest starring Hollywood heavyweights such as Adrian Brody and Oscar nominees Stephanie Hsu and Hong Chau.

Nominated for Best Picture (Avatar: The Way of the Water), Producer Jon Landau ‘79 got his big break in 1997 by winning the Oscar for Best Production Design for Director James Cameron’s Titanic. In 2009, Landau went on to produce Avatar, Cameron’s first foray into the world of fantasy and advanced CGI. Both films are the highest-grossing box office hits of all time.

About University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts’ Film Programs​

As the oldest film school in the nation, USC SCA produces filmmakers who master the fundamental techniques of filmmaking, new media, and film criticism before graduation. USC SCA has strong ties to the film industry and helps place students at the center of star-studded events in and around Los Angeles, California. USC SCA's career fairs and internships offer some of the best opportunities among the top film schools in the nation.

Undergraduates can earn a BA or BFA in Cinematic Arts, Film & Television Production; a BFA in Writing for Screen & Television; a BFA in Game Art; a BFA in Game Development and Interactive Design; a BFA in Animation and Digital Arts; and BFA in Themed Entertainment. USC SCA also offers undergraduate minors in a wide range of subjects: Comedy, Screenwriting, 3-D Animation, Future Media, Digital Studies, and Media and Social Change.

USC SCA offers an MFA in Film and Television Production; an MFA in Writing for Screen & Television; an MA in Media Arts, Games and Health; an MFA in Interactive Media; a Master of Science in Game Development; an MFA in Animation and Digital Arts; and an MFA in Producing through the film school’s prestigious Peter Stark Producing Program.

Curious about the ins and outs of attending USC SCA for film? Read FilmSchool.org’s “USC SCA: How to Apply” guide. We break down the most popular BA/BFA and MA/MFA programs, along with important dates and deadlines and application guidelines. Get tips for the USC application (and find out common mistakes to avoid) in FilmSchool.org’s exclusive interview with a USC SCA Admissions Committee Member.

Do you want to study undergraduate film at USC SCA or are you curious about how COVID-19 has changed going to film school? Read FilmSchool.org's interview with Nolan Lampson, BFA Writing for Film & Television student.

How 40 Additional Film Schools Ranked at the 95th Academy Awards​


Konrad Wolf Film University of Babelsberg


3 Nominations
Best Sound — All Quiet on the Western Front (Frank Kruse)
Best Production Design — All Quiet on the Western Front (Christian M. Goldbeck)
Best Animated Short Film — “An Ostrich Told Me the World Is Fake and I Think I Believe It” (Lachlan Pendragon)

1 Win
Best Production Design — All Quiet on the Western Front (Christian M. Goldbeck)

National Institute of Dramatic Art


4 Nominations
Best Picture — Elvis (Baz Luhrmann, Producer)
Best Actress — Tár (Cate Blanchett)
Best Costume Design — Elvis (Catherine Martin)
Best Production Design — Elvis (Catherine Martin)

California State University, Long Beach


4 Nominations
Best Picture — The Fabelmans (Steven Spielberg, Producer)
Best Directing — The Fabelmans (Steven Spielberg)
Best Original Screenplay — The Fabelmans (Steven Spielberg)


Yale University David Geffen School of Drama


4 Nominations
Best Picture — Women Talking (Frances McDormand, Producer)
Best Actor — Causeway (Brian Tyree Henry)
Best Actress in a Supporting Role — Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (Angela Bassett)
Best Actor in a Supporting Role — Causeway (Brian Tyree Henry)

Columbia University


2 Nominations
Best Picture — Women Talking (Dede Gardner, Co-Producer)
Best Picture — The Fabelmans (Tony Kushner, Producer)

FilmSchool.org's "Columbia University: How to Apply” guide breaks down everything you need to know about applying to and paying for Columbia SOA's film programs.

Find out more about the types of filmmakers who thrive at Columbia SOA, improving your application, and networking after graduation in FilmSchool.org's exclusive interview with Columbia SOA's Admissions and Industry and Outreach Departments.

Florida State University College of Motion Picture Arts


1 Nomination
Best Picture — Everything Everywhere All at Once (Allison Rose Carter, Co-Producer)

For more information about attending FSU CMPA for film, read FilmSchool.org’s exclusive interview with Paige Roberts, head of admissions. Learn more about the college's film courses and mentorship opportunities in FilmSchool.org's Q&A interview with Juliana Lee White, graduate Production student.

California Institute of the Arts


2 Nominations
Best Picture — Women Talking (Dede Gardner, Co-Producer)
Best Animated Short Film — Puss in Boots: The Last Wish (Joel Crawford)

Göteborg University


2 Nominations
Best Picture — Triangle of Sadness (Erik Hemmendorff)
Best Directing — Triangle of Sadness (Erik Hemmendorff)

Seattle Cornish College of the Arts

1 Win

Best Actor in a Leading Role — The Whale (Brendan Fraser)

San Diego State University School of Theater, Television, and Film


1 Win
Best Adapted Screenplay — All Quiet on the Western Front (Lesley Paterson)

National Film and Television School​


1 Win
Best Cinematography — All Quiet on the Western Front (James Friend)

Discover why NFTS is widely ranked the no. 1 film school in England and the United Kingdom, plus get tips to increase your chances of acceptance in FilmSchool.org's exclusive interview with the NFTS Admissions Department.

London Film School​


1 Win
Best Cinematography — All Quiet on the Western Front (James Friend)

University of Guadalajara​


1 Win
Best Animated Film — Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio (Guillermo del Toro)

University of California Berkeley Department of Film & Media


1 Win
Best Visual effects — Avatar: The Way of Water (Joe Letteri)

Boston University College of Communications​


1 Nomination
Best Actress in a Supporting Role — The Whale (Hong Chau)

National Film School of Denmark​


1 Nomination
Best Film Editing — Banshees of Inisherin (Mikkel E.G. Nielsen)

American Academy of Dramatic Arts​


1 Nomination
Best Actor in a Supporting Role — The Fabelmans (Judd Hirsch)

San Francisco State University School of Cinema​


2 Nominations
Best Documentary Short Film — How Do You Measure a Year (Jay Rosenblatt)
Best Documentary Short Film — Stranger at the Gate (Conall Jones)

Hampton University


1 Win
Best Costume Design — Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (Ruth Carter)

Berlin’s German Film & TV Academy

1 Nominations

Best Cinematography — Tár (Florian Hoffmeister)

National Film School​


1 Nomination
Best Cinematography — Empire of Light (Roger Deakins)

University of North Carolina School of the Arts​


1 Nomination
Best Sound — The Batman (William Flies)

Stanford University​


1 Nomination
Best Documentary Short Film — “The Martha Mitchell Effect” (Anne Alvergue)

Trinity College Dublin​


1 Nomination
Best Actor in a Leading Role — Aftersun (Paul Mescal)

UCLA School of Theater, Film & Television


1 Nomination
Best Production Design — Elvis (Karen Murphy)

Get an inside look at attending UCLA TFT for film in FilmSchool.org's interview with Keenan Kunst, a graduate student in the Producers Program.

Sheridan College


2 Nominations
Best Animated Film — Sea Beast (Chris Williams)
Best Animated Film — Turning Red (Domee Shi)

Vassar College​


1 Nomination
Best Animated Film — Marcel the Shell With Shoes On (Caroline Kaplan)

University of Texas at Austin Moody College of Communications


1 Nomination
Best Animated Short Film — My Year of Dicks (Sara Gunnarsdóttir)

Find out the perks of studying screenwriting through the Michener Center and UT Austin (including full funding) in FilmSchool.org's interview with Michener Center fellow Kendra Daniels.

National Autonomous University of Mexico​


1 Nomination
Best Live Action Short Film — “Le Pupille” (Alfonso Cuarón)

Emily Carr College of Art and Design​


1 Nomination
Best Animated Short Film — “The Flying Sailor” (Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby)

ESMAD and Royal College of Art


1 Nomination
Best Animated Short Film — “Ice Merchants” João Gonzalez

California State University, Northridge Department of Cinema and Television Arts


1 Nomination
Best Visual Effects — Top Gun: Maverick (Seth Hill)

Brigham Young University​


1 Nomination
Best Visual Effects — The Batman (Dan Lemmon)

Rhode Island School of Design​


1 Nomination
Best Visual Effects —The Batman (Russell Earl)

Texas A&M University​


1 Nomination
Best Visual Effects — Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (Craig Hammack)

University of Bedfordshire​


1 Nomination
Best Documentary Feature — A House Made of Splinters (Monica Hellström)

School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts


1 Nomination
Best Documentary Feature — All the Beauty and the Bloodshed (Nan Goldin)

The National Danish Film School​


1 Nomination
Best Documentary Feature — A House Made of Splinters (Simon Lereng Wilmont)

University of Copenhagen​


1 Nomination
Best Documentary Feature — A House Made of Splinters (Monica Hellström)

Discover Top-Ranked Film Schools Worldwide in FilmSchool.org’s Film School Database​

Film school can be competitive and expensive. And finding the best school and the right program for your artistic goals can make the process even more stressful. So, if you aspire to make an award-winning film, start by exploring FilmSchool.org's Film School Database. Simplify your search for the perfect film program by applying over two dozen filters that sort film schools by yearly tuition, concentrations, application deadlines, and more. The Film School Database also provides admissions statistics to help you choose the right film school for your goals and academic background. Find out how many FilmSchool.org members were admitted to your film schools of choice, notification dates, and more.

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Editor’s note: This article has been updated to clarify Tony Kushner’s background and add one additional Oscar nomination and win. Kushner attended NYU Tisch, not AFI, and the Daniels won the Oscar for Best Directing ('Everything Everywhere All At Once').

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I don’t think tony kushner went to AFI. He got his MFA in Acting from NYU. NYU has him listed as an alumni on their dramatic writing page, but he didn’t even attend that program lol
I’m a huge tony kushner fan
 
I don’t think tony kushner went to AFI. He got his MFA in Acting from NYU. NYU has him listed as an alumni on their dramatic writing page, but he didn’t even attend that program lol
I’m a huge tony kushner fan

We appreciate you letting us know about AFI. Where did you find out that Kushner attended NYU for an MFA in Acting instead of Dramatic Writing?
 

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