Alma Maters of 2014 Oscar Winners

Wondering how this year's Oscar winners got their start? We've got the low-down on where they went to college.

There is definitely a stigma out there that much of the entertainment world is uneducated. While Ellen Degeneres did call Amy Adams out last night on not having a college degree (we still love her), there were plenty of college graduates surrounding her, notably in the winner’s circle. Check out where the 2014 winners went to college and started their journey to an Oscar-worthy career!

  • Achievement in Cinematography and Achievement in Directing: Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity), National Autonomous University of Mexico
  • Achievement in Costume Design: Catherine Martin (The Great Gatsby), Sydney College of the Arts and East Sydney Technical College
  • Achievement in Sound Mixing: Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri,Chris Munro; Christoper Benstead (Gravity), South Holderness Technology College and University of Surrey
  • Animated Feature Film: Jennifer Lee, Peter Del Vecho; Chris Buck (Frozen), California Institute of the Arts
  • Best Actor: Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club), University of Texas at Austin
  • Best Actress: Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine), University of Melbourne
  • Best Adapted Screenplay: John Ridley (12 Years a Slave), New York University
  • Best Original Score: Stephen Price (Gravity), Emmanuel College, Cambridge University
  • Best Original Song (Frozen): Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Williams College; Robert Lopez, Yale University
  • Best Supporting Actor: Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club), School of Visual Arts
  • Best Supporting Actress: Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave), Yale University
  • Documentary Feature: Gil Friesen, Caitrin Rogers; Morgan Neville (20 Feet From Stardom), Vassar College and University of Pennsylvania

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