Penn student among winners at 91st Academy Awards

University of Pennsylvania sophomore Claire Sliney won an Academy Award Sunday evening.

"Period. End of Sentence." won an Academy Award for Best Documentary Short (Netflix)

University of Pennsylvania sophomore Claire Sliney won an Academy Award Sunday evening. “Period. End of Sentence” won the Oscar for Best documentary short subject.

Melissa Berton, center left, and Rayka Zehtabchi accept the award for best documentary short subject for “Period. End of Sentence.” at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

The documentary “Period. End of Sentence.” builds on a project that started when Sliney was in high school.

About six years ago — when she  still lived in California — some of Sliney’s friends went to a hearing before the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women. There they learned that, in some developing countries, women don’t have access to sanitary pads.

When classmates reported what they’d learned to Sliney and others, the group decided to take action, eventually creating the nonprofit Pad Project.

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“They didn’t have access to the right materials, they were using cloth from old clothing,” said Sliney, adding some women didn’t understand menstruation.


Here is the complete  list of the winners at the 91st Academy Awards:

Best picture: “Green Book”

Best actress: Olivia Colman, “The Favourite”

Best actor: Rami Malek, “Bohemian Rhapsody”

Best director: Alfonso Cuaron, “Roma”

Best supporting actress: Regina King, “If Beale Street Could Talk”

Best supporting actor: Mahershala Ali, “Green Book”

Foreign language film: Mexico’s “Roma”

Original screenplay: “Green Book,” Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie and Peter Farrelly

Adapted screenplay: “BlacKkKlansman,” Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott and Spike Lee

Original Song: “Shallow” from “A Star Is Born,” music and lyrics by Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt.

Cinematography: Alfonso Cuaron, “Roma”

Best animated film: “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”

Original Score: “Black Panther,” Ludwig Goransson

Costume design: Ruth Carter, “Black Panther”

Production design: “Black Panther”

Sound Editing: “Bohemian Rhapsody”

Sound Mixing: “Bohemian Rhapsody”

Film Editing: John Ottman, “Bohemian Rhapsody”

Animated short film: “Bao”

Documentary short subject: “Period. End of Sentence”

Visual effects: “First Man”

Live action short film: “Skin”

Documentary feature: “Free Solo”

Makeup and hairstyling: “Vice”

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