Temple turns out for Owl-studded Oscars!

Temple turns out for Owl-studded Oscars!

Mar 11 2024

It was Hollywood’s biggest night, and a huge night for Temple! The 96th Annual Academy Awards were Sunday, and we had so many reasons to tune in: alums Da’Vine Joy Randolph and Colman Domingo were nominated for Best Supporting Actress and Best Lead Actor.

For the occasion, the TFMA Alumni Association put together a an Oscar viewing party at the Temple Performing Arts Center to celebrate, hosting alumns and students who were so glad to bring people together to celebrate these amazing alums!

As part of the evening there was a Red Carpet experience hosted by Temple Update's Lauren Morris and featuring Temple Theater students performing as award show "celebrities" -- Check it out at the TFMA YouTube Channel. 

Students cheered when Da’Vine’s name was read out for Best Supporting Actress, and 6ABC caught the whole thing for their special Oscar coverage.

{See the reaction video at our TikTok}

We’ve been following Da’Vine’s winning sweep throughout awards season: With over thirty accolades to her name for her performance as Mary in THE HOLDOVERS, she was the one to watch and did not dissapoint - with a historic win and incredible tearful speech to start the night of awards. 

Da'Vine Joy Randolph's Oscar acceptance speech
Da'Vine Joy Randolph
Randolph even shouted out Temple's Theater Department in her tearful speech. Said Randolph, "My mother said to me, 'Go across that street to that Theater Department, There's something for you there.' And I thank my mother for doing that."  

This Oscar Award joins over 30 other accolades for Da'Vine's performance, including Best Supporting Actress awards from the Screen Actors Guild, the Golden Globes, the Philadelphia Film Critics Circle, the Critic's Choice Awards, and the Santa Barbara International Film Festival Virtuoso Award.

Colman Domingo made history with his nomination for portraying Bayard Rustin in RUSTIN; it marks the second time an openly gay actor has been nominated for portraying a gay character, with the first being Ian McKellen in Gods and Monsters. It also marks the first time an openly gay Afro-Latino man has been nominated in the category at all. With a well known eye for fashion and tearing it up on the red carpet, Domingo always makes a statement and his presence at the awards was keenly felt. 

Colman Domingo at the Oscars
Colman Domingo

The next day, campus was buzzing as multiple local news crews from ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC all came out to campus chat with Professors Peter Reynolds and Doug Wager about the alum’s success.

We’re sending all of our love and congratulations to both Da’Vine and Colman, it’s been wonderful watching Hollywood recognize your incredible talents!

{Check out this video about our Watch Party from Action News 6ABC!}
(Here's an Interview with KRW about what it means to have Da'Vine in the Oscars}
{And Temple Professors talking about their recollections of Da'Vine with Action News 6ABC!}


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