‘Carol’ — filmed in Hamilton — gets 6 Oscar nominations


The Screen Actors Guild Awards will air at 8 p.m. Jan. 30 on TNT and TBS

The 88th annual Academy Awards will air at 7 p.m. Feb. 28 on ABC

Locally filmed “Carol” could take home up to six Oscar statuettes on Feb. 28, despite what some film aficionados say were “notable snubs” in two categories.

The movie — which was filmed locally in Hamilton, Cincinnati and Lebanon — is adapted from Patricia Highsmith’s 1952 novel “The Price of Salt.” It is up for Best Actress in a Lead Role for Cate Blanchett, Best Actress in a Leading Role for Mara Rooney, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Score for composer Carter Burwell, Best Cinematography for Edward Lachman, and Best Costume Design for Sandy Powell.

Some of the region’s movie experts believe “Carol” should have also grabbed nominations for Best Picture and Best Director for Todd Haynes.

Filmmaker Julia Reichert, of Yellow Springs, has worked on four films that have been nominated for Academy Awards. She was suprised that Haynes was not nominated.

“Todd Haynes was picked for Best Director for an Oscar by all three New York Times movie writers,” Reichert said. “‘Carol’ was terrific … but very subtle.”

“Carol” was also nominated for five Golden Globes, the most of any film including Best Picture, but failed to win any at the awards ceremony on Jan. 10.

Linda Mizejewski, professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at The Ohio State University, said the snub at the Golden Globes and in two categories at the Oscars could reveal a prediliction toward a certain type of movie by voters, rather than the lesbian theme of “Carol.”

“The Golden Globes this year were all about movies glorifying one huge towering male figure: ‘Revanant,’ ‘The Martian,’ ‘Steve Jobs,’ ” she said. “So it’s not surprising that a lesbian melodrama wasn’t interesting to voters skewed toward ‘Great Man’ movies,” Mizejewski said. “I don’t even think this was about bias toward lesbians, who are collateral damage here. The larger point is the bias that the important stories are about singular ‘Great Men.’ ”

“Carol” isn’t the only movie filmed in Ohio that has been making early waves on the award circuit. Three movies filmed in Ohio were selected to premier at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival: “Goat,” filmed in Cincinnati; “The Land,” shot in Cleveland, and “The Fits,” also filmed in Cincinnati.

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