Four Oscar nominees who grew up in the suburbs, Rockford

 
Posted1/22/2019 11:21 AM
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  • Plainfield native Melissa McCarthy received an Oscar nod for "Can You Ever Forgive Me?"

    Plainfield native Melissa McCarthy received an Oscar nod for "Can You Ever Forgive Me?" Courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures

Oscar nominations announced Tuesday included a mix of expected and surprising names. Among them were four nominees with local ties:

• John Walker -- The producer from Elgin received a nod for best animated feature for the Disney-Pixar sequel "Incredibles 2."

Elgin's John Walker, left, was nominated for an Oscar for the animated feature "Incredibles 2."
Elgin's John Walker, left, was nominated for an Oscar for the animated feature "Incredibles 2." - Associated Press

• Melissa McCarthy -- The Plainfield native is up for best actress for her role as writer-turned-forger Lee Israel in "Can You Ever Forgive Me?"

• Bing Liu -- The filmmaker drew on 12 years of footage involving skateboarder friends in his hometown of Rockford for "Minding the Gap," up for best documentary.

Bing Liu, center, filmed the Oscar-nominated documentary "Minding the Gap" in his hometown of Rockford.
Bing Liu, center, filmed the Oscar-nominated documentary "Minding the Gap" in his hometown of Rockford. - Courtesy of Hulu

• Dede Gardner -- The producer from Winnetka -- the first female producer to win two Academy Awards for best picture -- is up for best picture again for "Vice."

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