Longhorns Up For Oscar Gold

La La Land might have scored 14 Oscar nominations, but it’s up against some serious competition—two Longhorns, to be exact.

On Tuesday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced its official Oscars lineup for 2017. Up for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, and three other awards is World War II drama Hacksaw Ridge, co-written by Robert Schenkkan, BFA ’75, Life Member. The film, which is based on a true story, stars Andrew Garfield as Seventh-day Adventist and army medic Desmond Doss who saves over 70 lives of lives during the Battle of Okinawa. Garfield is nominated for Best Actor. Of course, this isn’t Schenkkan’s first time in the spotlight; his play The Kentucky Cycle won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1992.

After taking home this year’s Golden Globe for Best Drama Motion, Moonlight, starring Trevante Rhodes, BS ’12, is up for eight Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Writing Adapted Screenplay. Rhodes plays his own kind of hero as the third version of Chiron, the film’s main character who spends the course of his life coming to terms with his sexuality while struggling in a neighborhood stricken by poverty and drugs. Before heading to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career, the 26-year-old attended the University of Texas and competed in the 100-meter and 200-meter track events.

Don’t miss these Longhorns at the awards, which airs on Feb. 26.

Photo courtesy of A24. 



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