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Kalamazoo had an Oscar connection this year


HOLLYWOOD (WKZO) -- They gave away the Oscars last night and while “Gravity” won 7 awards for technical and special effects and for best director, “12 Years A Slave” was named best picture.

Mathew McConaughey and Jared Leto were best actor and supporting actor for “Dallas Buyers Club”.

Cate Blanchett was named Best Actress in “Blue Jasmine” and Best Supporting Actress went to Lupita Nyong'o for her performance in “12 Years a Slave”.

“The Wolf of Wall Street” and “American Hustle” were shut out of the big awards despite multiple nominations.

There was a Kalamazoo connection to last night’s Oscars. A film called “Facing Fear”, that was funded by the Fetzer Institute was nominated in the short documentary category.

It’s the story of a gay man and a former skin-head who meet again, twenty five years after they are both engaged in a hate-crime, a beating in an alley in Los Angeles, and the forgiveness the victim shows for his attacker, who is now a reformed man.

It was beaten for the Oscar by a short film about a 106-year old Holocaust survivor.