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As movie fans watch the Academy Awards on Sunday night, they’ll see five nominees who are graduates of Yale University. WNPR’s Diane Orson has more.

Yalies have a long history with the Oscars, dating back to 1936. “I’ve Got you Under My Skin” was the first of four nominations for composer Cole Porter. This year, two Yale composers have been nominated - Marco Beltrami for his score to the movie “The Hurt Locker”, and Maury Yeston for the song “Take it All” from the movie “Nine”.

The animated film "UP” was written by Yale graduate Thomas McCarthy. Another Yale writer, Mathew O'Neill, has been nominated for Best Documentary short, “China’s Unnatural Disaster. The film tells the story of families whose children died during the 2008 earthquake.

James Bundy is dean of the Yale School of Drama and Artistic Director of the Yale Repertory Theatre:

"There are many, many people who have made wonderful contributions to our culture, but there are few people who could be said to have made as distinctive or as unique a contribution as somebody like Meryl Streep."

Streep’s nomination for “Julie and Julia” is her 16th, making her the most nominated actor in Oscar history. Again, James Bundy:

"One of the things that I often think about is how proud we are of our graduates and how little credit we can take for what they do."

But Bundy says Yale can take credit for the way it allows the arts to be an integral part of the school culture.

"Because being immersed in an environment that is full of artistic endeavor for undergraduates, as a defining influence on the quality of their humanist education."

Now there’s an idea that deserves a big round of applause.

For WNPR, I’m Diane Orson.