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HOLLYWOOD — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences doled out the gold, silver and bronze Sunday at its 32nd annual Student Academy Awards competish.

Twelve finalists, repping 11 colleges and universities, were announced earlier this year, but the ranking of the winners and their respective prizes of gold, silver or bronze were kept under wraps until Sunday’s festivities at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

In addition to trophies, gold medalists receive $5,000; silver medalists are awarded $3,000 and bronze recipients get $2,000.

Winners in each category, and their rank, are as follows:

  • Alternative: gold, “Knock Knock,” Jaron Henrie-McCrea, Ball State U.; silver, “Your Dark Hair Ihsan,” Tala Hadid, Columbia U. There was no bronze medal awarded in the category.

  • Animation: gold, “9,” Shane Acker, UCLA; silver, “Frog,” Christopher Conforti, Gotham’s School of Visual Arts; bronze, “Things That Go Bump in the Night,” Joshua G. Beveridge, Ringling School of Art & Design.

  • Documentary: gold, “The Life of Kevin Carter,” Dan Krauss, UC Berkeley; silver, “Unhitched,” Erin Hudson and Ben Wu, Stanford U.; “Listen,” Kimby Caplan, Southern Methodist U.

  • Narrative: gold, “Wednesday Afternoon,” Alonso F. Mayo, American Film Institute; silver, “Victoria Para Chino,” Cary Fukunaga, New York U.; bronze, “Charm,” Melissa Rossi, Florida State U. Film School.

Honorary foreign-language film winner Ulrike Grote was selected from an original pool of 38 submissions from 25 countries for his pic “The Runaway.” It’s the eighth time a student film from Germany has won the award.

Presenting the nods were cinematographers Caleb Deschanel and Karl Walter.

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