'Lens of time' magnifies FSU experience for Oscar-nominated cinematographer


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Oscar nominee and Florida State University alumnus James Laxton is coming off the best professional experience of his life on the film “Moonlight,” which is nominated for eight Academy Awards — including Best Picture.

Moonlight and the Academy Awards

Moonlight, nominated for eight Academy Awards, is the result of close collaboration by six film school alums, most of whom have been working together since they were students at the College of Motion Picture Arts.

Of the six, five were nominated for Oscars in their categories.

Best Picture – Adele Romanski (’04), Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner

Best Director – Barry Jenkins (‘03)

Best Cinematographer – James Laxton (’03)

Best Film Editing – Nat Sanders, Joi McMillon (‘03)

Best Adapted Screenplay – Barry Jenkins (’03), Story by Tarell Alvin McCraney