Full Sail University Announces Second Oscar Nomination for Graduate

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Full Sail University (http://www.fullsail.edu) announced today that 1993 Recording Arts Graduate and Valedictorian, Gary Rizzo, has been nominated for a 2009 Academy Award in the category of Best Achievement in Sound Mixing for the film, Batman: The Dark Knight. The Academy Awards will air live on February 22, 2009 on ABC.

To say that Gary's career has been exemplary and extraordinary is an understatement

Full Sail University (http://www.fullsail.edu ) announced today that 1993 Recording Arts Graduate and Valedictorian, Gary Rizzo, has been nominated for a 2009 Academy Award in the category of Best Achievement in Sound Mixing for the film, Batman: The Dark Knight. The Academy Awards will air live on February 22, 2009 on ABC.

This is Rizzo's second nomination to achieve an Oscar of his own with his first in 2005 in the category of Best Achievement in Sound Mixing for his work on The Incredibles. Currently, Rizzo serves in the position of Re-Recording Mixer, and has a long history of working on blockbuster films at the famed audio post-production facility Skywalker Sound on George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch in San Rafael, CA.

After graduating from Full Sail University in 1993, Rizzo's career spans more than a decade of success working on the following major movie titles: Romeo & Juliet (1996); The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Contact and Titanic (1997); A Bug's Life (1998); Office Space and Dogma (1999); Black Hawk Down (2001); Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones (2002); Hellboy, Farenheit 9/11, and The Incredibles (2004); Batman Begins and Munich (2005); Over the Hedge and The Prestige (2006); Sicko, The Enchanted, and Beowulf (2007); Horton Hears a Who! and The Dark Knight (2008).

"To say that Gary's career has been exemplary and extraordinary is an understatement," said Full Sail Director of Alumni Relations, Jay Noble. "The entire Full Sail family is immensely proud of not only the quality of work that he has demonstrated as an artist in his craft, but also of the man that he has become. We are all cheering for him on Oscar night and know that no matter the outcome, he will continue to have an amazing career journey with many more celebrations to share."

About Full Sail University:

Since 1979, Full Sail University, located outside of Orlando, FL, has been an innovative educational leader for those pursuing careers in the entertainment industry. With over 30,000 alumni, graduate credits include work on Oscar, Emmy and GRAMMY®-winning projects, best-selling video games, and the #1 grossing U.S. concert tours. Full Sail's 190-acre campus and online education platform proudly welcomes over 6,100 students from 50 states and 50 countries.

Full Sail currently offers a total of seventeen degree programs including: Associate of Science Degrees offered in Graphic Design, Recording Arts and Show Production & Touring; Bachelor of Science Degrees offered in Computer Animation, Digital Arts & Design, Entertainment Business (online and on-campus), Film, Game Art, Game Development, Internet Marketing (online), Music Business and Web Design & Development; and Master of Science Degrees in Education Media Design & Technology (online), Game Design, Entertainment Business (online and on-campus) and Internet Marketing (online); and a Master of Fine Art in Media Design.

Full Sail was most recently was named the 2008 "School/College of the Year" by the Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges. The university has also been named: The Harvard of Game Schools by Tips & Tricks Magazine; one of the top three New Media Schools by Shift Magazine (alongside the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and New York University); one of the Top Five Game Degree Programs in the world by Electronic Gaming Monthly; one of the Best Music Programs in the country by Rolling Stone Magazine; one of the Best Music Business Departments in the Schools That Rock: The Rolling Stone College Guide; and one of the Best Film Programs in the country by UNleashed Magazine.

For more information about Full Sail, please visit http://www.fullsail.edu.

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