Academy Awards 2012: Esperanza Spalding, Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy, and more winners with Mass. connections
The Oscars - the premier Hollywood event of the year - honors the film industry’s best and brightest. The evening was also big for Massachusetts, which can boast a range of winners with ties to the Bay State.
The Grammy-winning jazz singer and musician (pictured above) wasn’t up for an award but she led the In Memoriam tribute to fallen film greats with a gentle rendition of “What a Wonderful World.” A Berklee graduate, she’s been lauded for her “tear-jerking” and “wistful” performance.
Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy
The Pakistani native, who directed “Saving Face,” a film about women who have survived vicious acid attacks, won for the Oscar for Best Documentary Short, bringing the South Asian nation its first Academy Award. The Smith alumna’s achievement has also likely instilled pride among students at her Northampton-based alma mater.
The comedian and Manchester-by-the-Sea native scored the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for “The Descendants” alongside co-writer and “Community” star Jim Rash. In addition to taking home Oscar gold, the duo also captured the thoughts of many award show watchers when they playfully mocked presenter Angelina Jolie’s vampy pose.
While the other Oscar winners with Mass. connections are new to Academy Award glory, Richardson is a veteran, picking up a trophy for Best Cinematography for the third time. The Hyannis-born filmmaker and Rhode Island School of Design graduate also has Oscars for his work on “JFK” and “The Aviator.”Mawuse Ziegbe can be reached at email@example.com. Follow her on Twitter @mawuseziegbe.