BOSTON - In 2019, there were a ton of movies that had strong connections to Boston and the state of Massachusetts overall. Our beloved Boston actor, Matt Damon, starred in Ford v. Ferrari. The 2012 Boston Celtics and New Hampshire native Adam Sandler was featured in Uncut Gems. Shooting locations in the state were used for Knives Out and Little Women. The list goes on and on! So no matter what your taste in movies was during 2019, there was plenty to root for as a resident of the state.
Earlier this morning, the official nominations for the 92nd Academy Awards were unveiled and the Boston-connected movies actually fared pretty well, as shared by The Hollywood Reporter.
Of these aforementioned films, Little Women led the way with six nominations. The Concord-filmed movie nabbed Best Picture, Best Actress (Saoirse Ronan), Best Supporting Actress (Florence Pugh), Best Adapted Screenplay (Greta Gerwig), Best Original Score (Alexandre Desplat), and Best Costume Design (Jacqueline Durran) nominations. Notably, however, Gerwig was snubbed from the Best Director category, which excluded women entirely.
Best Picture, Best Editing, and Best Sound Mixing and Editing nominations were secured for James Mangold's Ford v. Ferrari and I, for one, will be delighted to see Damon at the ceremony!
As for Knives Out, it received just one nomination, for Rian Johnson's original screenplay, but it was wholly deserving of that, too. Uncut Gems was sadly shut out altogether. Maybe Sandler and Kevin Garnett will obtain acting nominations some other year. It is also worth mentioning that The Lighthouse, which takes place in New England, received a nomination for Jarin Blaschke's cinematography.
Rounding out the Best Picture category (the marquee award of the Oscars) with Little Women and Ford v. Ferrari are, in alphabetical order, The Irishman (from Martin Scorsese), Jojo Rabbit (Taika Waititi), Joker (Todd Phillips), Marriage Story (Noah Baumbach), 1917 (Sam Mendes), Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (Quentin Tarantino), and Parasite (Bong Joon Ho). The frontrunners to win are currently Parasite and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
There will be plenty to root for when it comes to Massachusett's loyalty on Oscar night, which falls on February 9 this year!
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