Hamilton College grad wins Oscar for "The Descendants" screenplay

By WKTV News

LOS ANGELES, C.A. - Among those receiving Oscars at Sunday night's Academy Award ceremony was a Hamilton College graduate.

Actor and screenwriter Nat Faxon, of the Class of 1997, won an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Descendants during the February 26 Academy Awards.

The award, which he received with co-writers Alexander Payne and Jim Rash, is given to the writer of a screenplay adapted from another source (usually a novel, play, short story, or TV show but also sometimes another film).

Faxon, who majored in theatre at Hamilton College, started comedy troupe Bobby Peru. He was profiled in the Spring 2007 Alumni Review article "Roll Credits."

While a student at Hamilton, Faxon appeared in Moe's Lucky Seven, directed by Professor of Theatre Carole Bellini-Sharp, Oresteia, directed by Gerry Large (former visiting professor) and Lysistrata and The Master and Margarita, both directed by Adrian Giurgea (former visiting professor).

In the Alumni Review profile, Faxon was asked why he chose Hamilton. "I wanted a full experience - a liberal arts education where I could be a theatre major but do other things, too," he said. "I spent my junior year in California at Pomona College taking theatre classes and performing. That's when I first got involved with The Groundlings (LA improv company where such actors as Jon Lovitz, Lisa Kudrow and Phil Hartman got their start). I came back my senior year with even more enthusiasm for Bobby Peru, and we started doing bigger and bigger shows. What was great was that a lot of the people who came to see us weren't in my social circle, so I got to know people from all across campus."

Also receiving a special award from the Academy next month is Hamilton professor Scott MacDonald who is one of two academics selected this year as an academy scholar.

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