Toasting Oscar nominations with local actors
It seemed only appropriate that Erica McDermott and Melissa McMeekin were in a theater to watch “American Hustle” get nominated for 10 Oscars Thursday morning. The early morning press conference, piped through live onto one of the giant movie screens at Showcase SuperLuxe in Chestnut Hill, gave the two local actresses, who had parts in the Boston-filmed David O. Russell film, reason to toast acting nominees Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, and Amy Adams with mimosas. “We got robbed,” joked McMeekin. “We didn’t get a best song nomination.” Joining the pair for pre- and post-announcement remarks was Casey Sherman, coauthor of “The Finest Hours,” a true Coast Guard rescue story Disney is set to make into a movie, WCVB-TV president Bill Fine (the ABC affiliate will broadcast Oscar night March 2), and Cathi M. Connelly, executive director of the Ellie Fund, which will host an Oscar gala party at Taj Boston that night. McDermott wasn’t sure if she’d be at the Ellie Fund party — or in Los Angeles with the “American Hustle” cast. She and McMeekin expect to head to the West Coast some time in the next few weeks to celebrate. McMeekin, who just wrapped “The Knick,” the upcoming Cinemax drama directed by Steven Soderbergh, said her first call post-press conference would be to Russell. “We should kind of convince him we’re his good luck charm,” McMeekin said.