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Harvard professor Rob Moss received extraordinary news this year about the Oscars: Three of his former students are up for the Academy Award this year.
Moss, who has taught at Harvard for 25 years, says he's not surprised that Jehane Noujaim, Joshua Oppenheimer and Richard Rowley, all 39, have gained accolades this year. All three credit Moss with helping them develop their vision.
According to the Associated Press, Moss said, "It was not something I planned or set out to do. Teaching is a lot more about not knowing than knowing. It is about giving students the freedom to find out what filmmaker they want to be."
Oppenheimer directed The Act of Killing, a film about Indonesian death squad leaders. Noujaim directed The Square, about a group of Egyptian revolutionaries and Richard Rowley directed Dirty Wars. They are all nominated in the documentary category.
Moss himself is a filmmaker. He is known in film circles for his 2008 film Secrecy and his 2003 film The Same River Twice, both of which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.
Moss said he will watch the Oscars anxiously from home this year.
The Academy Awards are produced by Craig Zadan, according to Variety and will take place on March 2 at The Dolby Theatre.