SBD/January 24, 2012/People and Pop Culture

Hitting A Grand Slam: "Moneyball" Nominated For Six Academy Awards, Including Best Picture

Columbia Pictures’ “Moneyball” was nominated for six Academy Awards this morning, including being one of nine nominees for Best Picture. BRAD PITT was nominated for Best Actor for his depiction of A’s GM BILLY BEANE, while JONAH HILL was nominated for Best Supporting Actor. STEVEN ZAILLIAN, AARON SORKIN and STAN CHERVIN were nominated in the Adapted Screenplay category for their transformation of MICHAEL LEWIS' '03 best-selling book to the silver screen. The film was also nominated for Film Editing and Sound Mixing (THE DAILY). Pitt said of the nominations, “It means so much considering this film was just dead on the rocks two years ago.” Pitt: “It’s a great honor and a real tribute to Billy Beane and the Oakland A’s organization” (“Today,” NBC, 1/24). CBSSPORTS.com's Matt Snyder writes, "'Moneyball' has made the playoffs, if you will, now let's see if it can do what the real-life Oakland A's of the 2000s could not: Win it all" (CBSSPORTS.com, 1/24).

GREAT WEEK FOR THE MARA FAMILY: ROONEY MARA -- the daughter of NFL Giants VP/Player Evaluation CHRIS MARA, the granddaughter of late Giants Owner WELLINGTON MARA and the great-granddaughter of Steelers Founder ART ROONEY SR. -- was nominated in the Best Actress category for her role in “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” (THE DAILY).

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