Hung P. Nguyen, a graduate student at Loyola Marymount University (LMU) in Westchester, is one of the winners of the 2006 Princess Grace Awards, the board of trustees of the Princess Grace Foundation-USA and its chairman John F. Lehman have announced.
Nguyen, a student at the university’s School of Film and Television, will receive the Cary Grant Film Award, which is named as a tribute to actor Cary Grant and his friendship with Princess Grace.
A film panel chose Nguyen for the award for his documentary film Going Home, which chronicles his father’s departure for permanent monastic life in rural California set against his mother’s memories of the Nguyen family’s escape from Vietnam in 1982.
“The film panel was very impressed with Hung’s application and the strong quality of his work,” said Toby E. Boshak. “The panel members found his films to be both mature and inventive, and they believe in his potential for future artistic growth.”
In August, Going Home received first place as Best Student Documentary at the 2006 Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films and Short Film Market.
Nguyen received his Bachelor of Arts in film studies from University of California at Berkeley before coming to Loyola Marymount University.
His first film, Her Love/Life, has screened domestically and internationally and continues to travel the festival circuit, according to an LMU spokesman, adding that Nguyen worked as a director of photography on a number of films and enjoys taking pictures and spending time with his dog Oscar.
“Being awarded the Cary Grant Film Award from the Princess Grace Foundation-USA is a tremendous honor,” Nguyen said. “This recognition inspires and encourages me to continue striving to create work that challenges our assumptions of cinema and film viewership, whether formally, narratively or thematically.”
The Princess Grace Foundation-USA awards for theater, dance and film, first instituted in 1984, are named in honor of Her Serene Highness Princess Grace of Monaco, who helped aspiring artists pursue their goals.
Princess Grace was known as actress Grace Kelly before she married into Monaco’s royal family.
The foundation, a public charity formed after her death in 1982, awards grants, scholarships, apprenticeships and fellowships to assist artists with their training.
Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning playwright Tony Kushner and SpongeBob SquarePants creator Stephen Hillenberg were among previous Princess Grace Award winners.
Over the last 24 years, more than 400 scholarships have been awarded to emerging talent.
This year’s black tie awards show will be held Thursday, November 2nd, in Manhattan, New York.
CNN’s Larry King will host. His Serene Highness Prince Albert of Monaco, the foundation’s vice chairman, will preside over the awards show.