Duluth Native Wins Student Academy Award

Posted at: 06/10/2013 5:52 PM | Updated at: 06/10/2013 6:34 PM

A Duluth Marshall School graduate is getting a major honor for his work directing a short film.

Over the weekend, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awarded Jonathan Langager with a Student Academy Award.  Langager won a Silver Medal in the narrative category for his work directing "Josephine and the Roach," a short film is about a woman who finds true love with a cockroach.  The film has also won several awards at film festivals.

Sixteen college students from around the globe were honored at the Saturday night ceremony, held at the academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills and hosted by onetime Student Academy Award winner Bob Saget. Presenters included writer-director Kimberly Peirce and actors Clark Gregg, Jason Schwartzman and Quvenzhane Wallis.

The honor included a week of activities put on by the Academy. In accepting the award, he said, "I want to thank the academy for quite an incredible week.  I'm getting very ill and it's their fault, because they woke me up and they shuttled me off to wonderful places to talk to cool people."

Langager was one of two winners from the University of Southern California.  Past winners have gone on to receive eight Oscars and 46 Oscar nominations.

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