slides: NEW: Oscar Nominations—The Rhode Island Connection
Thursday, January 10, 2013
(5 nominations, including Best Picture)
Nominee: Robert Richardson (Best Cinematography, Best Writing-Adapted Screenplay)
RI Connection: Richardson, who was born in Hyannis, Massachusetts, graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in Film/Animation/Video in 1979. He is one of two living persons who won the Academy Award for Best Cinematography three times, the other being Vittorio Storaro.
Nominee: Seth MacFarlane (Music--Original Song)
RI Connection: MacFarlane, who wrote the lyrics for the nominated song, "Everybody Needs A Friend," is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design ('95). The RISD alum also, as the creator of Family Guy, regularly features Rhode Island in his animated hit show. This is MacFarlane's first Oscar nomination. Also Miss Universe and Cranston native Olivia Culpo was cast in a walk-on role in the film.
Beasts of the Southern Wi
(4 nominations, including Best Picture)
RI Connection: Four RISD alums worked on the film: Eliza Zeitlin '07 SC - artistic advisor to her brother, Benh Zeitlin, Best Director nominee; Jonathan Mosca '07 PR - construction foreman; Sophie Kosofsky '06 FD - construction coordinator; Annie Evelyn '99 FD/MFA'07 - set decorator.
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