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Students at the American Film Institute lead the way for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science’s annual Student Academy Awards.

The Academy named 16 students as winners on Thursday, including three in the narrative category from AFI. The competition received 1,615 entrants from 255 domestic and 105 international colleges and universities, the Academy said.

AFI was the only school to take more than one award. AFI students Asher Jelinsky (“Miller & Son”), Hao Zheng (“The Chef”)  and Omer Ben-Shachar (“Tree #3,”) took home awards in the narrative category. Last year, the University of Southern California was the only school to take home more than one award, with four.

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Winners of the Student Academy Awards are eligible to compete for Oscars in the Animated Short Film, Live Action Short Film or Documentary Short Subject category. Past winners have gone on to nab 62 Oscar nominations and have won or shared 12 awards.

The 2019 winners join the ranks of such past Student Academy Award winners as Patricia Cardoso, Pete Docter, Cary Fukunaga, Spike Lee, Trey Parker, Patricia Riggen and Robert Zemeckis.

Here’s the full list of winners:

Alternative/Experimental (Domestic and International Film Schools)
Georden West, “Patron Saint,” Emerson College

Animation (Domestic Film Schools)
Aviv Mano, “Game Changer,” Ringling College of Art and Design
Kalee McCollaum, “Grendel,” Brigham Young University
Emre Okten, “Two,” University of Southern California

Animation (International Film Schools)
Daria Kashcheeva, “Daughter,” Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts, Prague (Czech Republic)

Documentary (Domestic Film Schools)
Eva Rendle, “All That Remains,” University of California, Berkeley
Princess Garrett, “Sankofa,” Villanova University
Abby Lieberman and Joshua Lucas, “Something to Say,” Columbia University

Documentary (International Film Schools)
Yifan Sun, “Family,” The Polish National Film, Television and Theatre School, Lodz (Poland)

Narrative (Domestic Film Schools)
Asher Jelinsky, “Miller & Son,” American Film Institute
Hao Zheng, “The Chef,” American Film Institute
Omer Ben-Shachar, “Tree #3,” American Film Institute

Narrative (International Film Schools)
Zoel Aeschbacher, “Bonobo,” Ecole Cantonale d’Art de Lausanne (ECAL) (Switzerland)
Rikke Gregersen, “Dog Eat Dog,” Westerdals Kristiania University College (Norway)
Charlie Manton, “November 1st,” National Film and Television School (United Kingdom)

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Actor Stoney Westmoreland, who plays the title character’s grandfather on Disney Channel’s “Andi Mack,” was arrested Friday in Salt Lake City and is accused of trying to arrange a sexual liaison with a minor.

Westmoreland, 48, is charged with trying to entice, solicit, seduce or lure a minor by internet or text, and well as “dealing in materials harmful” to a minor, according to the Salt Lake County sheriff’s department.

“Stoney Westmoreland, an actor working on the series ‘Andi Mack,’ was arrested in Salt Lake City today. Given the nature of the charges and our responsibility for the welfare of employed minors,” a Disney spokesperson said in a statement provided to TheWrap, “we have released him from his recurring role and he will not be returning to work on the series which wraps production on its third season next week.”

“Andi Mack” films at Salt Lake City’s Wasatch Junior High.

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Salt Lake City NBC affiliate KSL reported Friday that Westmoreland attempted to arrange sex online with a person he believed to be 13 years old. The outlet reports that an affidavit filed in the third district court accuses the actor of communicating with the person he believed to be underage “on an internet app used for dating and meeting people for the purpose of engaging in sexual activity.”

According to the affadavit, as reported by KSL, Westmoreland requested sexual acts and nude photos from the person, and sent them pornographic materials.

Westmoreland has appeared in television shows such as “Better Call Saul,” “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” and “Scandal,” and films such as “Godzilla” (1998).

Representatives for Westmoreland did not immediately respond to a request for comment from TheWrap.

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Amazon Studios has closed a production deal with Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Television for eight thrillers, Amazon announced Wednesday.

The feature length productions will be released direct-to-service on Amazon Prime Video, and the two companies are committing to attaching diverse and underrepresented filmmakers to these titles. The deal marks Amazon Studios’ first ever global direct-to-service deal for feature length productions.

“Jason Blum has built an empire based on fear, shock and all things spinetingling. He has redefined the horror genre for fans who are hungry for high concept scares,” said Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon Studios. “Whether it’s found footage, a socially conscious terror comedy or a pure sinister adrenaline ride, he reinvented and infused the genre with cultural relevancy. We can’t wait to see the nightmares he brings direct to service for our Prime Video global audience.”

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Blum added, “We are delighted Amazon is entrusting Blumhouse to deliver its signature thrills and chills to its global audience through this deal This is a great opportunity for Blumhouse Television to empower underrepresented filmmakers offering a fresh take on the dark genres loved by fans the world over.”

Most recently, Amazon closed an exclusive first-look deal with Nicole Kidman’s Blossom Films, director Reed Morano and Oscar winner Jordan Peele.

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Up next for Amazon Studios is Pawel Pawlikowski’s “Cold War,” Poland’s official entry for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. The studio also has “Suspiria” currently in theaters, as well as Felix van Groeningen’s “Beautiful Boy.” 

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