Nantucket Film Festival Films Win at the Oscars

Film Festival Alums

Ben Stiller at NFF 2009; Photo by Gene Mahon

Films screened at the 2009 Nantucket Film Festival continued to rack up awards this past weekend at the Academy Awards (where NFF board member Ben Stiller was a presenter) and the Independent Spirit Awards:

Mark Boal and Kathryn Bigelow at NFF 2009; Photo by Gene Mahon

“The Hurt Locker”: Best Picture (Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal, Nicolas Chartier and Greg Shapiro, Producers), Best Director (Kathryn Bigelow), Best Writing Original Screenplay (Mark Boal), Film Editing (Bob Murawski and Chris Innis), and Sound Mixing (Paul N.J. Ottosson and Ray Beckett).

Fisher Stevens at NFF 2009; Photo by Gene Mahon

“The Cove”: Best Documentary Feature (Producers Louie Psihoyos and Fisher Stevens)

Spirit Award winners:
“Humpday”: John Cassavetes Award for the best feature made for under $500,000 (Lynn Shelton)

Charles Hambleton with Nantucket’s Scott Leonard at NFF 2009; Photo by Gene Mahon

In a related New York Times story, “The Cove’s” Louie Psihoyos, Ric O’Barry, Fisher Stevens, and “director of clandestine operations” Charles Hambleton (pictured here) heard that an L.A. restaurant was serving whale sushi. In the week leading up to the Academy Awards, fitted with a hidden camera and microphone, they went to the Hump restaurant near the Santa Monica airport and ordered the chef’s choice. The waitress described one dish as whale, which would violate federal laws. They stashed some samples, sent them off for testing, which later proved to be Sei whale. Prosecution is expected.

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