NASHVILLE - Early this morning, nominees for the 83rd Academy Awards® were announced by the The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Tennessee has ties to three of the nominations.
Nominated for the Best Original Song category is the track "Coming Home" from "Country Strong" (a Material Pictures/Sony Pictures/Screen Gems Production) which recently filmed the movie and recorded the soundtrack in Nashville. The song was written by Tennessee residents Tom Douglas, Troy Verges and Hillary Lindsey. The project participated in the Tennessee Film/TV Incentive Program which encourages film/tv projects to utilize Tennessee's vast resources for music, facilities and talent.
Nominated for the Best Sound Mixing category for his work on "True Grit" is Tennessee resident Peter Kurland. He is also nominated for the 2011 BAFTA Awards (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) and is president of IATSE Local 492. Kurland previously received Oscar nominations for his work on other films such as "No Country for Old Men" and "Walk The Line."
Nominated for Best Actress category is Tennessee resident Nicole Kidman for her role in "Rabbit Hole" (Olympus Pictures/Blossom Films/Oddlot Entertainment/Lionsgate). Along with being the lead actress, Kidman produced the movie based on the Broadway play with the same title.
The 83rd Academy Awards® for outstanding film achievements of 2010 will be presented on Sunday, February 27, 2011, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.
For more information about the Academy Awards® visit: http://www.oscars.org/awards/academyawards/index.html
About the Tennessee Film, Entertainment & Music Commission
The Tennessee Film, Entertainment & Music Commission supports the economic development of the film and music community through the recruitment of business by promoting Tennessee as a location in feature films, television productions, commercials and other works. The commission encourages the interactive growth of the film and music communities through a wide range of marketing, networking and advertising efforts. For more information visit http://www.tn.gov/film.