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Minnesota represented in Oscar nominees, swag bag


Four nominees and three businesses with ties to Minnesota will be represented at Sunday night's 86th Academy Awards.

Barkhad Abdi, who went from a taxi driver to actor, is nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his role as head Somali pirate Abduwali Abdukhadir Muse in the high-seas thriller "Captain Phillips." The film was also nominated for Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay.

After numerous nominations, Abdi won Best Supporting Actor at the British Academy of Film and Television Awards for his role in "Captain Phillips." The BAFTA trophy marked the first major award win for Abdi. Abdi was also nominated for the “Captain Phillips” role for the Screen Actors Guild Awards, the Critics Choice Movie Awards and the Golden Globes – but lost each time to “Dallas Buyers Club” star Jared Leto.

Chanhassen Dinner Theatres alum Amy Adams, who won a Best Actress in a Motion Picture Comedy Golden Globe for “American Hustle”, is nominated for a Best Actress Oscar. The nomination is Adams’ fifth overall, but first in the Best Actress category.

The film "12 Years a Slave," which was co-produced by Bill Pohlad, the founder of Minneapolis's River Road Entertainment, earned nominations for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay. Pohlad, however, was not listed among the nominated producers.

Peter Del Vecho, the producer of "Frozen," worked at Minnesota’s Guthrie Theater for nine years, according to the Patriot Ledger. Del Vecho also met his wife while working in Minnesota. "Frozen" is nominated for Best Animated Film.

There will also be three Minnesota-based companies represented in the Oscar swag bag, which is given to Academy Award nominees. This year's swag bag is worth an estimated $85,000, according to Business Insider – that's twice what last year's bag was worth.

Designer shoe label Max Martin and AVIV 613 Vodka, both of Minneapolis, will be in the bags, according to KSTP. Twin Cities Daily Plant says Bee Free Honee will also be in the bags.

Max Martin is William Panzarella's designer shoe company in Minneapolis. It made its official brand launch at the 56th Grammy Awards on Jan. 29. A $750 gift card will be included in the swag bag for celebrities to choose a pair of shoes, KSTP reports. A pair of his shoes starts at $500.

AVIV 613 Vodka is created and distributed by Tzaft Spirits of Israel. The corporation is based in Minneapolis. A bottle of the vodka retails from $35 to $40, KSTP reports.

Bee Free Honee is "honey" grown from organic apples, according to Twin Cities Daily Planet. It retails at about $39.

Minnesota's only Academy of Motion Pictures sanctioned Oscar party will be held at Muse in Minneapolis.

The Academy Awards will air Sunday night on ABC.

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