February 6, 2020
Waterloo’s Oscar winners
Meet three incredible alumni who received Academy Awards for their contributions to the film industry.
Meet three incredible alumni who received Academy Awards for their contributions to the film industry.By Anne Lytle Office of Advancement
Waterloo alumni make their mark on Hollywood with their creativity and technical innovation.
Take a peek into the world of filmmaking and see why these graduates were recognized with Oscars for their achievements.
Mike Jutan (BMath ’07) won an Oscar in 2018 for co-developing software for George Lucas’s visual effects studio, Industrial Light & Magic. You might have seen his work in the special effects of Iron Man, recent Star Wars movies or other smash hits.
Fun fact: Mike’s desk holds an incredible range of Pixar collectibles. Check them out!
A man of many talents, Chris Williams (BA ’91) is an animator, film director, screenwriter and voice actor. He co-directed several films that received Oscar nods, including Disney’s Bolt, Big Hero 6 and Moana. Big Hero 6 won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature in 2015.
Tom Duff (BMath ’74) is a Senior Research Scientist at Pixar who specializes in computer graphics and animation. Over the course of his career, he's produced visual effects for beloved films like Return of the Jedi and A Bug's Life. His contributions to motion picture science and technology have earned him two Academy Awards.