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Big Oscar nominations, big-screen connections

Who is Cate Blanchett rooting for in the best-actor category? It just might be Christian Bale, with whom she’s made two films. See how many times this year’s Oscar nominees have worked together.

Nominees
Russell
Cuarón
Payne
McQueen
Scorsese
Bale
DiCaprio
Ejiofor
Dern
McConaughey
Adams
Blanchett
Bullock
Dench
Streep
Abdi
Hill
Cooper
Fassbender
Leto
Lawrence
Nyong'o
Hawkins
Roberts
Squibb
Divided loyalties
Some actors may feel particularly torn at this year’s Academy Awards, as they have strong connections with many nominees.
Curiosities
  • Alfonso Cuarón and Payne directed segments of “Paris je t’aime” and co-produced “The Assassination of Richard Nixon.”
  • Michael Fassbender has worked in all three of McQueen’s feature films.
  • Only Abdi has never worked with any other nominees in the acting or directing categories.
  • Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence have worked together twice and were Oscar nominees both times. Their third film together, “Serena,” is scheduled to be released this year.
  • Among these nominees, Lupita Nyong’o has worked only with her colleagues on “12 Years a Slave.”

SOURCE: Imdb.com

Chiqui Esteban/Globe Staff

State approves plan for Salem’s Bentley School to become a charter

Salem’s Bentley School, one of the lowest achieving public schools in the state, will become a charter school next fall.

Last week, the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education awarded two new charters, choosing Bentley, a K-5 elementary, and the UP Academy Charter School of Springfield. Both will be Horace Mann charter schools, funded by the local school districts but run by an independent board.

The Salem school will be called the Bentley Academy Charter School.

“The in-district charter gives us an opportunity to focus — and I think in a stronger way — on some of the needs of the students in that school,” said Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll, who also chairs the School Committee and supported Bentley’s shift to a charter.

For the last four years, Bentley has struggled with academic achievement.

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