Tomorrow morning, this year’s Academy Awards host Seth McFarland and actress Emma Stone will announce the nominees, and there’s a great chance that some local artists will be among those selected for Hollywood’s highest honor.
Larchmont’s Ang Lee will likely be recognized for his work directing “Life of Pi,” the visually stunning novel adaptation that will probably grab a Best Picture slot. This would be Lee’s third directing nomination: He won in 2006 for “Brokeback Mountain.” He also earned a nomination earlier this week for “Pi” from the prestigious Directors Guild of America, whose winners are often an indicator of who’ll take home the Oscar.
And our fingers are crossed that newcomer Benh Zeitlin, the Hastings High School graduate who directed the acclaimed indie flick, “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” will be among the nominees, too.
“All I ever wanted out of making this movie was the chance to make another one, and we have that,” Zeitlin told The Journal News/LoHud.com earlier this week in an interview. “We’ll probably get to make two, even!”
He could potentially join Lee in the Best Directory category, but it’s most likely that the film will be selected as a Best Picture contender – even President Obama is a fan! – and Zeitlin and co-writer Lucy Alibar are surefire contenders for Best Adapted Screenplay. First-timer Quvenzhane Wallis – who’s now 9 but was only 6 when “Beasts” was shot – is also on the shortlist of Best Actress nominees and would be the youngest actress to ever receive that accolade.
As for the acting categories, it’s all about the guys when it comes to the Lower Hudson Valley. Strong prospects for Best Actor are: Mount Vernon native Denzel Washington for “Flight;” Pound Ridge’s Richard Gere for “Arbitrage;” and Sneden’s Landing resident Bill Murray for “Hyde Park on Hudson.” All three are up for Golden Globe awards this coming Sunday.
Come back to LoHud.com tomorrow morning when the Oscar nominations are announced and find out which of your favorites made the cut!
(Photos from the Associated Press and Fox Searchlight)