Nominees include Oklahomans
As they prepare to cast their votes for the 85th Academy Awards, members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will be looking at two films in the Best Picture category that prominently feature Oklahoma actors.
“Lincoln,” directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Daniel Day-Lewis as the 16th president of the United States, features performances by two Oklahomans. Chickasha-born Lee Pace, whose credits include “Pushing Daisies” and “The Fall,” plays U.S. Rep. Fernando Wood, who led the opposition to passage of the 13th Amendment.
Tim Blake Nelson appears in “Lincoln” as Richard Schell, one of three lobbyists selected by President Abraham Lincoln to help sway votes for the amendment. Nelson, who was born in Tulsa, is an actor, director, screenwriter and playwright whose best-known performances include key roles in “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” and “Minority Report.” His directing work includes the films “Leaves of Grass,” “The Grey Zone” and “O.”
“Django Unchained,” the Best Picture-nominated film from writer-director Quentin Tarantino, features Rex Linn, a former Oklahoma City resident and graduate of Casady School.
Tennessee Harry is the name of Linn's character in the film — a member of a mounted, marauding mob of hood-wearing, torch-bearing plantation overseers who are out to track down the ex-slave-turned-bounty-hunter of the title, played by Jamie Foxx.
Linn's major roles include his regular appearances as Det. Frank Tripp in “CSI: Miami,” and performances in “Cliffhanger,” “Wyatt Earp,” “Tin Cup,” “Breakdown” and “Ghosts of Mississippi.”
George Lang, Assistant Entertainment Editor