May 22, 2020

Nolan, Johnson, and Wright Surprise Students with Inspiring Grad Speeches

Who was your commencement speaker this year? 

Students at NYU had classes canceled and were down in the dumps until 3 epic filmmakers made appearances in their Zoom graduation. Filmmaking legends Rian Johnson, Christopher Nolan, and Edgar Wright all popped in to give the seniors some life advice and confidence as they headed out into the unknown. 

Nolan said, "Congratulations on your magnificent achievement, I know how hard all of you worked and I would just like to say the world you’re going out into is one in which the value of stories, storytellers, and those who care passionately about the history of storytelling and its future…we need your voices, we need new voices, and we need your passion. I, for one, am very excited to see where you will go and what you will do. Congratulations and I wish you all the best."

Those words definitely rang true for this class, who not only faces a world but also a Hollywood landscape unlike one we have ever seen before.

But those uncertain prospects were far off as the filmmakers entertained the students, regaling them with stories. 

Edgar Wright also sent along his congratulations, "I know this has been a long, hard journey to get here and I know you’d all love to celebrate with each other and I’m sorry you can't do that, but this is still a milestone in your lives and you should all be very, very proud of yourselves for what you’ve done. If it makes you feel any better, I never got to graduate either because I never went to film school. You’re already doing much, much better than me. Another positive thing you can get out of this coronavirus situation is you’ve never had a better excuse to stay at home and watch tons and tons of film. I genuinely am watching at least 3 movies a day…There’s never been a better time to be a shut-in film geek.”

These bright moments helped lighten the mood and keep students happy and excited. 

We don't know what's coming next, but it's amazing to see these filmmakers giving back.      

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