UCLA, USC, AFI score top prizes

Southern California students dominated the 26th Annual College Television Awards on Sunday night with UCLA, USC, and AFI walking away with five first place finishes in nine categories.

The ceremony, sponsored by the Television Academy of Arts and Sciences was held at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel. First place winners in all categories were awarded $2000.

First and second prize winners also received the Eastman Product Grant, which provides them with $2000 and $1000 worth of flim stock respectively.

Taking home the top honors in the comedy category was “Chaos Theory”, a UCLA Graduate School of Film and Television entry, which chronicled the efforts of a meterologist to put a stop to the cycle of disorder that seemed to rule his life.

The first place drama winner, “The Moster and the Peanut,” came from the American Film Institute. “Monster” tells the story of a physics professor attempting to move on with his life while things like traffic get in the way.

Dan Krauss from the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism took home the $4000 Bricker Award for his documentary, “The Life of Kevin Carter.”

The ceremony, sponsored by the Television Academy of Arts and Sciences was held at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel. Bryan Cranston (“Malcolm in the Middle”) served as emcee, with Mary Steenburgen (“Joan of Arcadia”), LeVar Burton (“Reading Rainbow”), and Sara Rue (“Less Than Perfect”) among those on hand to present.

The winning entries will be screened Monday night, March 14th at the Television Academy.

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