A 1996 Turlock High School graduate could take home an Emmy Award this evening.
Bayard Stryker and his producer Jon Bloom are nominated for "outstanding short-form picture editing" for a horror tribute montage that appeared as part of the 82nd Academy Awards in March. The pair are competing against five other nominees who did work for such shows as "Jimmy Kimmel Live" and "American Idol."
The award will be presented at the Creative Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles tonight, one week before the televised Primetime Emmy Awards, where 1972 Davis High grad Robert Ulrich is nominated for casting "Glee."
Coincidentally, Stryker has a montage on miniseries and TV movies airing during the televised Emmy Awards.
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Stryker said he is thrilled with the honor.
"I've known I've wanted to edit since I was 12 years old," he said. "I really love editing. The honor for me is just working on the piece to begin with. I'm honored to have worked on the Academy Awards, because that's something I've watched since I was a kid."
He is grateful that his mother, Christine Stryker, who has stage 4 melanoma cancer, feels strong enough to accompany him to the awards ceremony. He said his parents are the reason he pursued his career.
Stryker's mother and his father, Steve, both of whom teach English at California State University, Stanislaus, couldn't be prouder of their son's accomplishments.
"We always felt he was a minnow swimming with sharks down there," Christine Stryker said. "He's got this dream. He's stuck it out for about 10 years now. He keeps getting better and better gigs."