Four Oscar nominees who grew up in the suburbs, Rockford
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."
• 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.
• 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."