A closer look at the 87th Academy Awards, airing at 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22
LOCAL CONNECTIONS FOR THIS YEAR’S OSCARS
> Steve Carell, nominated for his leading role in Foxcatcher, was born at Emerson Hospital in Concord and raised in Acton.
> Julianne Moore is nominated for her leading role in Still Alice, which was based on the novel by Cape Cod author Lisa Genova.
> Edward Norton, nominated for his supporting role in Birdman, was born in Boston; his grandfather James Rouse developed Faneuil Hall Marketplace.
> Robert Duvall is nominated for his supporting role in The Judge, which was filmed in a number of Massachusetts communities, including Attleboro, Belmont, Boston, Dedham, Milton, and Worcester.
> Laura Poitras, director of Citizenfour, nominated for documentary feature, grew up in Holliston.
> Rory Kennedy, director and producer of Last Days in Vietnam, nominated for documentary feature, is the youngest of Bobby and Ethel Kennedy’s 11 children.
DID YOU KNOW?
At the second Academy Awards ceremony in 1930, there were seven categories, and each of the seven statuettes went to a different film.
8 pounds — Weight of an Oscar statuette
13 inches — Height of the statuette
11 — Record for most Oscars won by a film; Ben-Hur first achieved that in 1960, followed by Titanic in 1998 and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King in 2004
9 — Highest number of nominations received by a film in this year’s Oscar race; both The Grand Budapest Hotel and Birdman have that many
PLACE YOUR BETS: BIRDMAN OR BOYHOOD?
The Hollywood Reporter, Indiewire.com, and Oddschecker.com are all keeping tabs on this year’s close race for best picture; Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) is the current favorite, but the New York Film Critics Circle, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts all say the prize should go to Boyhood.