by Mark Rabinowitz
In the name of 20 of this year's Academy Award nominees, American
Express has endowed the American Film Institute with $500,000 to go to
scholorships in the name of the nominees, who also happen to be American
Express cardholders. The scholorships will be given to aspiring
filmmakers to study AFI's Center for Advanced Film and Television
In a prepared statement, Nancy Smith, VP of Global Sponsorships for
American Express said: "By working with the American Film Institute,
American Express is creating a series of scholarships to empower the
next generation of filmmakers."
The scholarships will be created in the name of each of the following
Oscar-nominated American Express Cardmembers: Kim Basinger ("L.A.
Confidential"), James Cameron ("Titanic"), Peter Cattaneo ("The Full
Monty"), Helena Bonham Carter ("The WIngs of the Dove"), Joan Cusack
("In and Out"), Matt Damon ("Good Will Hunting"), Minnie Driver ("Good
Will Hunting"), Robert Duvall ("The Apostle"), Atom Egoyan (The Sweet
Hereafter"), Peter Fonda ("Ulee's Gold"), Robert Forster ("Jackie
Brown"), Curtis Hanson ("L.A. Confidential"), Anthony Hopkins
("Amistad"), Helen Hunt ("As Good As It Gets"), Greg Kinnear ("As Good
As It Gets"), Julianne Moore ("Boogie Nights"), Burt Reynolds ("Boogie
Nights"), Gloria Stuart ("Titanic"), Gus Van Sant ("Good Will Hunting")
and Kate Winslet ("Titanic").