NYU Alum's Senior Thesis Wins an Oscar

Brooklyn-based filmmaker gets special shout-out from fellow NYU alum James Franco

By Geoff Decker
|  Monday, Feb 28, 2011  |  Updated 11:55 PM EDT
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HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Director Luke Matheny (R), winner of the award for Best Live Action Short Film for 'God of Love', and guest attend the Governors Ball on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Luke Matheney

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Brooklyn-based filmmaker Luke Matheny had a good night at the Academy Awards.

Not only did the NYU alum's student film win an Oscar, he also got a special shout-out from the show's co-host James Franco.

"God of Love," which was Matheny's senior thesis at NYU's graduate film program, won for Best Live Action Short Film.  

"I should've gotten a haircut," the shaggy-haired Matheny said in one of the night's more memorable acceptance speeches.

Matheny, who wrote, directed and starred in the film, also thanked his mother and many more who helped with the project.

Franco, a fellow NYU alum, then took the stage and, before introducing the next category, offered props to Matheny and their shared grad school.

"NYU, what's up!" Franco said, gesturing to Matheny.

The black and white film is a comedy about a lounge-singing darts champion, played by Matheny, who woos a woman with love-inducing darts.

"God of Love" was nominated for the Oscars after it won last year's Student Academy Awards and first prize at the NYU First Run Film Festival.

Matheny grew up in Wilmington, Delaware and worked first as a journalist and a story editor on the MTV series MADE before film school. He is now a writing teacher at the School of Cinema and Performing Arts in Brooklyn and writing a feature comedy script.

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