Three Films from Miami Film Festival 30th Anniversary Honored with Oscar Noms

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Three films from Miami International Film Festival’s 30th anniversary edition last March were honored with Academy Award nominations this morning.

MIFF executive director Jaie Laplante, 20 Feet From Stardom director Morgan Neville; Darlene Love performs to an enchanted audience at MIFF 2013’s Opening Night at Olympia Theater
Our spectacular opening night presentation of 20 Feet From Stardom, which featured a moving post-screening a capella rendition of “Stand by Me” by formerly unknown back-up singer Darlene Love, was nominated for Best Documentary Feature.
From our CINEDWNTN Gala series, the Danish film The Hunt (Jagten), starring Mads Mikkelsen was nominated in the Best Foreign Language Film category.
THE CROODS director Chris Sanders, Jaie Laplante, director Kirk de Micco; Happy fan poses with “Belt”
And the kick-off film in our FILMS FOR FAMILY section in 2013, The Croods, received a nomination for Best Animated Feature.  Directors Kirk De Micco and Chris Sanders were both in attendance at MIFF’s screening and answered many questions from delighted kids and family members. MIFF’s 2014 kickoff film in the same category, the Argentine animated film Foosball (Metegol), is likely destined for a similar Oscar nomination in 2015.
‘HER’ poster display at Regal South Beach; Q&A with director Spike Jonze, moderated by Jeffrey Deitch at Miami Film Society’s special screening of “HER” on December 5th
Miami Film Society (MFS) members received special advance access to three other nominees this morning. Our November private screening for MFS members, The Square (Al Midan), is also nominated in the Best Documentary Category. And our December private screenings were nominated in multiple categories. Spike Jonze’s Her (Spike attended the Miami Film Society screening in person) was nominated for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay, and our second December screening, Inside Llewyn Davis, also received two nominations.
Good luck to all MIFF and Miami Film Society Oscar nominees!  —Jaie Laplante

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Jaie Laplante

Jaie Laplante is the Miami Film Festival's executive director and director of programming. Learn more about Jaie on Programmers.