The Academy Awards

February 6, 2020 | Joe Yasharoff

Silver Spring Native Nominated for Oscar for Knives Out

The 92nd Academy Awards on Sunday will have a slight local touch. Silver Spring native Rian Johnson, 46, was nominated for an Oscar for writing Knives Out, which he also directed. The movie – part mystery, part whodunit and part comedy – was nominated for Writing (Original Screenplay). Johnson was born in Silver Spring but […]

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February 25, 2019 | Deirdre Byrne

José Andrés Receives Standing Ovation Honoring Immigrants and Women at Oscars

Celebrity chef José Andrés, who resides in Bethesda, introduced Alfonso Cuarón’s film “Roma” with actor Diego Luna at the 91st Annual Academy Awards Sunday night. Roma is based on Cuarón’s middle-class childhood in Mexico City, with a backdrop of political turmoil. One of the biggest themes in the movies is motherhood, as it centers around the […]

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February 22, 2019 | Deirdre Byrne

Establishments That Served the Black Community in Montgomery County in 1958

Montgomery County wasn’t featured in a historical Green Book publication, but according to Montgomery County Historical Society, in 1958, there was a list of safe places in the county for the black community to visit. The organization sent MCM a document compiled by the NAACP’s Montgomery County Branch in May 1958 that showed places that […]

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February 21, 2019 | Deirdre Byrne

Chef José Andrés to Take Part in the Oscars

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has confirmed that Bethesda’s favorite chef, José Andrés, will play a role in the 2019 Oscars. A press release posted on The Academy’s website says that Andrés will be one of eleven “recognized talents from various walks of life” who will introduce “the eight Best Picture nominees.” Chef […]

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January 22, 2019 | Deirdre Byrne

Oscar Nominated ‘Green Book’ Has Ties to Maryland History

Peter Farrelly’s film “Green Book,” starring Mahershala Ali, has been nominated for five Oscars, but it’s worth remembering the history the film is based on, has ties to Maryland’s history in the Jim Crow era. In the film, an Italian-American bouncer, Tony Lip (portrayed by Viggo Mortensen) starts working for black jazz pianist Dr. Don Shirley […]

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