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Several Palisadians Are Nominated for 2018 Academy Awards

By SARAH SHMERLING | Editor-in-Chief

On February 24, the 91st Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, will honor the best films of 2018—and six films with Palisadian ties are up for awards.

Three out of the eight nominations for Best Picture include Palisadians: “Black Panther,” “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “A Star Is Born.”

Kevin Feige, producer of “Black Panther” and the king of all things Marvel, has a home in The Riviera. This is Feige’s first Oscar nomination—though he took home a Publicists Guild of America award in 2013 and was nominated for a Golden Derby Award in 2015 for “Guardians of the Galaxy.”

The film is up for six Oscars, including Best Original Music Score, Best Costume Design, Best Sound Mixing, Best Production Design and Best Sound Editing.

Graham King, also a resident of The Rivera, is nominated as producer of “Bohemian Rhapsody”—which is up for five Academy Awards overall.

Palisadian Bradley Cooper, with Lynette Howell Taylor and Bill Gerber, is up for Best Picture for producing “A Star Is Born.” Pulling triple duty, Cooper is also nominated for his role in the film as Jackson Maine for Best Actor and for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Caleb Deschanel, cinematographer and father of actresses Zoey and Emily, is nominated for Best Cinematography for “Never Look Away.”

Deschanel has been nominated for Oscars five other times—including in 1984 for “The Right Stuff” and in 2001 for “The Patriot.” This is his first nomination since 2005, when he was nominated for “The Passion of the Christ.”

Though not currently Palisadians, Palisades-trained and educated nominees are also highlighted this year, including Amy Adams and Peter Ramsey.

Adams, who took the stage at Theatre Palisades early in her career, is up for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Lynne Vincent Cheney in “Vice.” This is the sixth Oscar nomination for Adams, who was previously nominated for roles in “American Hustle,” “The Master,” “The Fighter,” “Doubt” and “Junebug.”

Palisades Charter High School graduate Ramsey—a film director, illustrator and writer—is nominated for Best Animated Feature for “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” as co-director. Ramsey’s directorial debut was “Rise of the Guardians” in 2012, and this is his first Oscar nomination.