‘Argo,’ starring Ben Affleck
Fans may be disappointed that Cambridge’s own Ben Affleck wasn’t nominated for best director for “Argo,’’ but Affleck — who also starred in and produced the film — wasn’t snubbed entirely. His film is up for best picture, along with eight other nominees. Affleck was raised in Cambridge and began his rise to fame as co-writer and one of the stars of “Good Will Hunting,’’ set in Boston and the surrounding area in 1997, for which he won an Academy Award 15 years ago alongside fellow Bostonian Matt Damon.
Local connection: Affleck was raised in Cambridge and began his rise to fame as co-writer and one of the stars of “Good Will Hunting,’’ set in Boston and the surrounding area in 1997.
‘Argo’ is nominated for: Best picture, best supporting actor (Alan Arkin), best adapted screenplay, best original score, best film editing, best sound mixing, best sound editing.
Pictured: Affleck posed during a photocall for “Argo’’ in Rome on Oct. 19, 2012.
Wes Anderson’s latest project , “Moonrise Kingdom,’’ is up for an Oscar for best original screenplay, and it was filmed in nearby Narragansett, R.I. The film takes place on a fictional island, along the lines of Martha’s Vineyard or Nantucket, and screams New England.
Nominated for: best original screenplay.
Pictured (from left): Bill Murray as Mr. Bishop, Frances McDormand as Mrs. Bishop, Edward Norton as Scout Master Ward, and Bruce Willis as Captain Sharp in “Moonrise Kingdom.’’
‘Silver Linings Playbook’
He may not have acted in, directed, or produced “Silver Linings Playbook,’’ but Holden resident Matthew Quick wrote the novel of the same name, upon which the Academy Award-nominated film is based. The film version of his acclaimed work is up for eight Oscars, including best picture.
Nominations for the movie ‘Silver Livings Playbook’: Best picture, best actor (Bradley Cooper), best actress (Jennifer Lawrence), best supporting actor (Robert De Niro), best supporting actress (Jacki Weaver), best director (David O. Russell),
Pictured: Quick at his home in Holden.
Some scenes in the animated movie “ParaNorman’’ may seem familiar for residents of Massachusetts suburbs. The film, which is up for best animated feature film, includes shots modeled after Weymouth’s Abigal Adams Middle School, Hingham’s Loring Theater (see picture), the Norfolk County courthouse in Dedham, and the Salem Witch statue.
Nominated for: Best animated feature film.
Pictured: A scene from the animated film “ParaNorman,” in a theater modeled after the Hingham Loring Theater.
‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’
“Beasts of the Southern Wild’’ director Benh Zeitlin (pictured) grew up in New York, but chose to go to Connecticut after high school, where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree at Wesleyan University. “Beasts’’ is up for four awards, including a Best Director nomination for Zeitlin and a Best Actress nomination for Quvenzhané Wallis. The nine-year-old is the youngest Academy Award nominee, ever.
Nominations for “Beasts of the Southern Wild’’: Best picture, best actress (Quvenzhané Wallis), best director (Benh Zeitlin), best adapted screenplay.
Pictured: Wallis and Zeitlin arrived at the National Board of Review Awards on Jan. 8, 2013.
Although Quentin Tarantino’s film “Django Unchained’’is not Boston based, there is one fact that links the film to the Hub: James Remar, who plays Butch Pooch in the film, was born in Boston in 1953. Fans of his work may also know him from the critically-acclaimed show “Dexter,’’ where he plays Harry Morgan. “Django Unchained’’ is up for five Academy Awards.
Nominations for “Django Unchained’’: Best picture, best supporting actor (Christoph Waltz), best original screenplay, best cinematography, best sound editing.
Pictured: Jamie Foxx and Waltz in “Django Unchained.’’