Despite Ebert snub, Chicago represented at Oscars

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While the high-profile film “Life Itself” based on the life of the late Sun-Times film critic Roger Ebert failed to get an Oscar nomination for best documentary, several other films with ties to Chicago did receive nominations:

Best Documentary: “Finding Vivian Maier,” based on the life of the late nanny/photographer who received worldwide acclaim posthumously through her “street photography” (primarily shot via a Rolleiflex twin-lens reflex camera), unearthed via 100,000 negatives. Most of the photographs were taken in Chicago and New York. The team behind the film includes co-directors Charlie Siskel (Chicagoan and nephew of the late Chicago Tribune film critic Gene Siskel) and Chicago historian/photographer John Maloof (who discovered the long-lost negatives in a box he purchased at a local auction while researching a book).

Best Actor: Steve Carell, for “Foxcatcher” — Carell has early career roots in Chicago, having performed at The Second City in the 1990s.

Best Adapted Screenplay: Graham Moore, for “The Imitation Game” —Born in Chicago, his mother Susan Sher once served as Michelle Obama’s chief of staff. Graham told “I’ve been working on this film for five years, pretty much every day of my life for five years … To have been involved with this film has been the most fulfilling experience of my life. I’ve been obsessed with Alan Turing since I was a teenager so to be involved with a film about him is everything I could have dreamed of.”

Best Original Song: Common —the singer/actor/rapper/poet was born and raised in Chicago, and shares the nomination with fellow artist John Legend for “Glory” from the film “Selma”

blockquoteclass=”twitter-tweet” lang=”en”> Blessing! Thank U to @theacademy 4 nominating “Glory” by me and @johnlegend for @selmamovie especially on MLK bday! — COMMON (@common) January 15, 2015

Best foreign film nominee “Ida,” is distributed by Chicago’s Music Box Films.


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