Minnesota is represented in the Academy Award nominations in 2014, with nominations for an actor, actress, producer and a writer, all with Minnesota connections.
Barkhad Abdi, Actor in a Supporting Role, Captain Phillips
Barkhad Abdi plays the leader of a pirate gang in the movie Captain Phillips. This is Abdi's first Oscar nomination, and incredibly, his first time acting, and his first movie role - he was discovered and landed the part in 2011 at an open casting call in Minneapolis. He was also nominated for a SAG award and a Golden Globe award for the role. After such a stellar start to his acting career, we hope we'll see more roles for him in future movies.
Bill Pohlad, Producer, 12 Years a Slave
Epic drama 12 Years a Slave is one of the most nominated movies in 2014, with 9 nominations, including for Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Best Picture, and Best Screenplay. The film was directed by Steve McQueen and produced by a team including Brad Pitt, Steve McQueen, Dede Gardner, and Minnesota's Bill Pohlad. (The Minnesota connection? Pohlad's father, Carl Pohlad used to own the Minnesota Twins, and his brother Jim Pohlad is the current owner).
Melisa Wallack, Best Original Screenplay, Dallas Buyers Club
Minnesota native Melisa Wallack co-wrote the drama Dallas Buyers Club with Craig Borten. The movie tells the story of a newly-diagnosed HIV-positive man, and the struggle to get medication for AIDS patients in 1980's Dallas.
Amy Adams, Actress in a Leading Role, American Hustle
Amy Adams, though born in Italy, started her film acting career in Minnesota. She began acting in dinner theaters, including several productions at the Chanhassen Dinner Theater in the late 1990s, before being cast in her first film role (Drop Dead Gorgeous, which was filmed in Minnesota). From then, she's gone on to star in several movies and pick up numerous awards and nominations.
Find out the winners, and cheer on our Minnesota nominees, at the Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday March 2.