The Oscars: A look at which nominated movies have Minnesota ties


A handful of movies with ties to Minnesota have been nominated for an Academy Award.

First off, one of the most well-known films is the Disney-Pixar hit "Inside Out," directed and written by Minnesota-native Pete Docter.

The film, which won the Golden Globe for Best Animated Film, follows the different emotions inside a young girl's mind as her family moves from Minnesota to San Francisco.

"Inside Out" is up for two Academy Awards: Best Animated Film and Original Screenplay, which Docter helped co-write.

This one is a bit further west: "The Revenant" received the most nods, getting nominated in 12 categories. The film is based on a true story that happened in South Dakota.

Four other films that are up for awards don't have specific ties to Minnesota, but they did premiere at the Twin Cities Film Festival in October (meaning they were shown at the festival prior to a large theatrical debut, Jatin Setia, the festival's executive director, told BringMeTheNews).

Those films include:

"Room," which won top awards at the Twin Cities Film Festival, a news release said, is up for Best Picture, Best Actress in a Leading Role (Brie Larson), Directing, and Adapted Screenplay.

"Brooklyn" – nominated for Best Picture, Actress in a Leading Role (Saoirse Ronan) and Adapted Screenplay – took home the feature film trophy at the Twin Cities Film Festival.

"Anomalisa" is up for Best Animated Feature against "Inside Out" – it received an honorable mention at this year's film festival.

"Youth," which also premiered at the festival, is nominated for Best Original Song.

Chris Rock will host the 88th annual Oscars on Feb. 28 in Hollywood. The award show will be televised on ABC starting at 6 p.m. CST.

Update: We missed one!

Joel and Ethan Coen, both from St. Louis Park, are credited as screenplay writers for "Bridge of Spies." They (along with Matt Charman) are up for the Best Original Screenplay Oscar. The movie itself is up for six Oscars – including Best Picture.

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