Full Sail University Graduate Gary A. Rizzo Awarded Oscar®

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Full Sail University is proud to announce that Recording Arts Graduate Gary A. Rizzo was awarded an Oscar® in the Best Achievement in Sound Mixing category for his work on the film Inception. The Oscar® was presented by Scarlett Johansson and Matthew McConaughey at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards which aired live on ABC on Sunday, February 27, 2011.

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“On behalf of the entire Full Sail family, we congratulate our graduate Gary Rizzo on his first Oscar win,” said Jay Noble, Director of Alumni Relations.

Full Sail University is proud to announce that Recording Arts Graduate Gary A. Rizzo was awarded an Oscar® in the Best Achievement in Sound Mixing category for his work on the film Inception. The Oscar® was presented by Scarlett Johansson and Matthew McConaughey at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards which aired live on ABC on Sunday, February 27, 2011.

This year marks Rizzo’s first Oscar® win and third nomination. In 2004, he received his first nomination in the category of Best Achievement in Sound Mixing for his work on The Incredibles, and his second took place in 2008, in the same category for his work on The Dark Knight. In addition, Rizzo was recently awarded the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Award for Best Sound for his work on the film Inception.

Rizzo’s professional career as a Re-Recording Mixer began in 1995 at the famed audio post-production facility Skywalker Sound--on George Lucas’ Skywalker Ranch in Marin County, CA. Here he learned to mix from Skywalker mixing legends on such films as Toy Story, The Lost World: Jurassic Park and Titanic. Some of Rizzo’s most notable work includes mixing dialogue and music for Tron: Legacy, How To Train Your Dragon, The Incredibles, and Hellboy. He is currently in production on Rio. Gary was inducted into the Full Sail University Hall of Fame in 2009.

“On behalf of the entire Full Sail family, we congratulate our graduate Gary Rizzo on his first Oscar win,” said Jay Noble, Director of Alumni Relations. “This is a proud moment for our graduate, our educators, and for our current students as we all celebrate this tremendous and inspiring achievement.”

About Full Sail University:
Since 1979, Full Sail University has been an innovation educational leader for those pursuing careers in the entertainment industry. With over 34,500 alumni, graduate credits include work on OSCAR®, Emmy® and GRAMMY®-winning projects, best-selling video games, and #1 grossing U.S. concert tours. Full Sail’s 191-acre campus and online education platform proudly welcomes over 13,000 students from 50 states and 49 countries. Full Sail currently offers a total of 33 Associate, Bachelor and Master campus and online degree programs including: Computer Animation, Creative Writing for Entertainment, Digital Arts & Design, Digital Cinematography, Education Media Design & Technology, Entertainment Business, Film, Game Art, Game Design, Game Development, Graphic Design, Internet Marketing, Media Design, Mobile Development, Music Business, Music Production, New Media Journalism, Recording Arts, Recording Engineering, Show Production, Sports Marketing & Media, and Web Design & Development. Full Sail was named the 2008 “School/College of the Year” by the Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges; The Harvard of Game Schools by Tops & Tricks Magazine; one of the top three New Media Schools by Shift Magazine; 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; and one of the Best Film Programs in the country by UNleashed Magazine.

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