Hollywood's biggest night of the year has arrived, and a few Academy Award nominees with Philly-area connections are up for Oscars at tonight's ceremony.
The pair previously won an Oscar last year for best original song with "City of Stars" from La La Land. A repeat this year would make them the first songwriters to have back-to-back Oscar wins in that category since 1992, and the third to accomplish that feat overall, according to award season prognosticators Gold Derby.
"Thank you so much to the Academy for recognizing 'This is Me' with a nomination. We are honored to be included in such great company with our fellow nominees. We share this nomination with the amazingly talented creative team behind this movie," Pasek said of his nomination this year.
Bala Cynwyd native Kobe Bryant's "Dear Basketball" is nominated for best animated short film. Based on his 2016 retirement from the NBA, the six-minute short was written and narrated by Bryant, and directed by Glenn Keane. Bryant's nomination earlier this year was a controversial one thanks to the rise of the #MeToo movement and the sexual assault accusations the basketball star faced back in 2003.
"This is an incredible honor. We were inspired by the story of two friends who went after their dreams. Now the Academy has made our wildest dream come true," Neustadter said of his nom. "We are grateful to everyone who made The Disaster Artist and thankful to those who supported us along the way."
One snub, however, was for Steven Spielberg's The Post. Cowritten by Ambler's Josh Singer, the film, which follows Washington Post journalists as they work to publish the Pentagon Papers in the 1970s, was nominated for best picture, but was skipped over for best original screenplay. Singer, however, previously won a best adapted screenplay Oscar for Spotlight in 2016.