Film Award for Animation Given to TAMUK Alum

Willie Williams, TAMUK Alumnus, Wins Major Film Award

KINGSVILLE–A Texas A & M Kingsville alumnus has won a prestigious national award for animation and was honored in New York City earlier this month.

William Williams, a native of Corpus Christi, won the Princess Grace Kelly Film Award Scholarship in recognition of his animated work, Sold, which recounts a slave’s life journey. The Princess Grace Awards are presented to artists who show excellence and promise in their artistic fields.

Williams accepted the award with Hollywood stars at the gala event, including Denzel Washington, David Schwimmer and Lorraince Bracco.

“I want to win another,” Williams said. “It was the like Oscars—so nice and enriching.”

Williams plans to use the film scholarship award for his graduate work he is currently doing at the University of Southern California where is focusing in on animation and digital arts.

–Manuel De La Rosa, South Texas Tribune, southtexastribune@gmail.com

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