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2014 Oscar nominees' connections to New York CIty
The Big Apple has a lot of big connections to this year's Oscar nominees. Those ties manifest in different ways: There are natives nominated, movies set in and shot across the five boroughs, films that use Broadway talent and more.
New Yorker Jehane Noujaim, an Egyptian native, is nominated for her documentary "The Square," a film about Cairo's Tahrir Square and the Egyptian Revolution. (Credit: Handout)
Loosely based on the 1970s-'80s ABSCAM sting operation, "Hustle" is partially set in New York City. It was partially shot locally and it's directed by Manhattan native David O. Russell. (Credit: Francois Duhamel)
'The Wolf of Wall Street'
This Martin Scorsese film depicts the real-life story of Jordan Belfort, a native of Bayside, who worked as a Wall Street stockbroker until he landed in prison for swindling his clients. The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio, who lives in Manhattan. Screenwriter Terence Winter, who also created "Boardwalk Empire," lives in Brooklyn. The movie was shot in the city as well. (Credit: Handout)
Starring Cate Blanchett, "Jasmine" follows a Manhattan socialite who moves to San Francisco to live with her sister after falling into poverty. It is written and directed by Woody Allen and is the first movie Allen filmed locally in several years. (Credit: Handout)
This Disney musical, which is up for Best Animated Feature, is voiced by several well-known Broadway stars, including Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff and Santino Fontana. Co-star Kristen Bell has Broadway experience, too. Menzel, who starred in the original casts of both "Rent" and "Wicked," was born in Queens.
Husband-and-wife songwriters, Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, whose song "Let it Go" is nominated, have extensive theater experience. Lopez co-wrote "Avenue Q" and "The Book of Mormon," and Anderson-Lopez is the co-creator of the a cappella musical "In Transit." (Credit: Getty)
'12 Years a Slave'
This film is based on the memoir of Solomon Northup, a black man born free in upstate New York who is kidnapped and sold into slavery. Brooklynite Lupita Nyong'o is nominated for Best Supporting Actress. (Credit: Getty)
'Cutie and the Boxer'
The subjects of this documentary, husband and wife artists Ushio and Noriko Shinohara, live in DUMBO. Producer Lydia Dean Pilcher founded NYC production company Cine Mosaic. Filmmaker Zachary Heinzerling lives in Brooklyn, too. (Credit: Handout)
June Squibb, who received a nomination for Best Supporting Actress for the film, trained at HB Studio in Greenwich Village. "Nebraska" also stars funnyman Will Forte, who was a cast member on "Saturday Night Live" for eight seasons. (Credit: Getty)
'August: Osage County'
Meryl Streep, a native of nearby Summit, N.J., and a decorated theater actor in addition to a big screen icon, earned her 18th nomination for "August: Osage County." Directed by John Wells, the film is an adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Tracy Letts that ran on Broadway from 2007-08. (Credit: Getty)