Columbia Celebrates Kathryn Bigelow, Its Big Oscar Winner

Columbia alum Kathryn Bigelow brought home two Oscars.

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You knew it was unavoidable: Colleges claiming Oscar winners the day after the glamorous event. And who can blame them? Why else would they have a "Famous Alumni" section on Wikipedia?

Columbia University feels like a proud parent today after alum Kathryn Bigelow basically dominated the Academy Awards last night. The 1981 graduate of the Columbia School of the Arts took home Oscars for Best Director and Best Picture for her work directing The Hurt Locker, a riveting war film chronicling the fictional tale of a bomb squad in Iraq.

"There's no other way to describe it. It's the moment of a lifetime," Bigelow said after getting her award for Best Director.

In case you were wondering—and we know you were—here's a list of the other colleges represented by the major players at last night's film bonanza, based on my brief Wikipedia research. East Carolina University got some love—Sandra Bullock won Best Actress. Best Supporting Actress winner Mo'Nique went to Morgan State University. Cohost Alec Baldwin attended George Washington before finishing his bachelor's degree at New York University. Cohost Steve Martin studied at both Cal State–Long Beach (more affectionately known as Long Beach State) and UCLA but never finished his degree.

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