The Brooklyn Oscar Winners of 2014

03/05/2014 11:30 AM |

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You can usually find Brooklyn’s Oscar nominees among the directors of the short films. But as the borough’s cultural stock continues to rise, this year, the locals competing for statues were found in more high-profile categories—and a few of them even won! Brooklyn’s biggest victory of the night was the Best Supporting Actress award, which went to Lupita Nyong’o for 12 Years a Slave. The actress, who delivered perhaps the most respected acceptance speech of the ceremony, moved to our borough within days of finishing shooting of the movie that would make her a star, the New York Post reported last year, “because she has more of a professional and social network here. These days, she spends time with pals at spots like Fort Greene’s Madiba, her favorite restaurant to get fries. She also recently started a book club.”

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The other big Brooklyn Oscar winners this year were wife-and-husband songwriting team Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Bobby Lopez, who penned Frozen‘s “Let it Go,” which took the award for Best Original Song. (They also delivered a… memorable speech, in which they rhymed the names of everyone they had to thank.) The tune was inspired by a trip to Prospect Park. “We went for a walk… and stood on picnic bench,” Anderson-Lopez told the Brooklyn Paper earlier this year. “We looked across the park and said, you’re on a mountain alone and you’ve lost everything you knew. But also everything you’ve been holding back.”

The borough’s other high-profile nominee was journalist Jeremy Scahill, the cowriter and star of the nominated-for-Best-Documentary Dirty Wars, about America’s covert military actions all over the world. The film lost to 20 Feet From Stardom, but having such an anti-Hollywood presence amid the Oscars-hubbub at least made for amusing anecdotes. “I walk through the red carpet and Cate Blanchett is there and DiCaprio is right behind her, and there are like a million people taking pictures of them,” he told the Daily Beast about one pre-ceremony event. “And I walk by and it’s like one guy with a Polaroid from The Socialist Worker.”

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