How many of these can our Global Greeks take home tonight?
The Nominations for the 2011 Oscars were announced a few weeks ago. When we heard that we have not just one, not just two but at least three Global Greeks nominated for an Oscar this year, we must say we were thrilled!
The Greek presence in Hollywood has always been particularly strong, right from the days of the legendary Skouras Brothers, and tonight is no exception as the countdown begins for the 83rd Academy Awards, which will take place in just a few hours in Los Angeles.
After last year's win by Louie Psyhoyos for the Best Documentary Film, the tremendous 'The Cove' (incidentally he was on Greece's Skai TV today), this year the Global Greek World's eyes will be on our three Global Greek nominees!
Greek American Mary Zophres, born Areti-Maria Zafeiropoulou in Florida, has been nominated for the Best Costume Design Award for her great creations in 'True Grit' by Joel and Ethan Coen - her first Oscar nomination.
Greek Director Yorgos Lanthimos whose film Dogtooth has been nominated for best foreign film, in the photo with fellow Global Greek Twentieth century Fox's Jim Gianopulos at the meet and greet function given for the film crew by the Los Angeles Greek Film Festival team on Tskinopempti, last Thursday, 24 February!
A great deal has been written about Yorgos Lanthimos and this excellent film which is one of the best contemporary films to come out of Greece recently and one of the favourites tonight. The prestigious New York Times had this to say...
Greek French composer Alexandre Desplat was nominated for the Best Original Score in The King's Speech...
Born to a Greek mother and a French father who met at Berkeley in the USA, Alexandre Desplat has already won the BAFTA for Best Original Music for The King's Speech, and collected it from none other than Sir Paul Mc Cartney! If he wins the Oscar tonight he will be in great company - Vangelis Papathanassiou also won the Oscar for this category, for his magnificent Chariots of Fire score! You can read more about the very talented Alexandre Desplat here
By the way, we loved what Mary Zophres said to Christos Iereidis in Friday's Ta Nea newspaper If she wins the Best Costume Design Award tonight, she's going to try to say Thank you in Greek... We hope you do, Mary! With a bit of luck, and since this year is a great year for Greek films, we really hope we'll be hearing that Ευχαριστώ πολύ - Efharisto poly - a few times!
Whatever the result, however, just landing the nomination was a major achievement and our congratulations go to ALL our Global Greek nominees tonight!
Καλή Επιτυχία, Good Luck, Bonne Chance!!!
Watch the Oscars Red Carpet livestream here
PS If you are in LA, the Los Angeles Greek Film Festival and Hollywood Greek Reporter invite you to Watch the Oscars® with members of the cast and crew of DOGTOOTH, TODAY AT 4:30 p.m.at ISLA Cantina, 8788 W. Sunset Boulevard. Go have a drink,mingle with the guests and guess who will be taking home the gold statues!