London and St. Thomas will be well represented at the 88th annual Academy Awards.
London-based author Emma Donoghue picked up a best adapted screenplay Oscar nomination for “Room.”
Donoghue, who is Irish-Canada and lives in the Forest City, adapted her own book for the film, about a woman and boy held captive in a garden shed.
The 2010 novel won the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize and a Governor General’s Literary Award.
The film also scored a best actress nomination for its star Brie Larson.
St. Thomas native Rachel McAdams received a best supporting actress nomination for her role in “Spotlight.” The movie follows The Boston Globe’s “Spotlight” team and its investigation into the widespread child sex abuse cases in the Boston area.
“Spotlight” also received a best picture nomination.
The frontier drama “The Revenant,” which was partly filmed in Alberta, has grabbed a leading 12 nominations for this year’s Academy Awards. They include best picture, best actor for Leonardo DiCaprio, best supporting actor for Tom Hardy and best director for Alejandro Inarritu. The strong showing for “The Revenant” follows its win at the Golden Globes. It sets Inarritu up for possible back-to-back wins following his best-picture winning “Birdman” last year.
The other movies nominated for best picture include “Bridge of Spies,” “The Big Short” and “Brooklyn.”
“Carol,” the acclaimed lesbian romance and the N.W.A biopic “Straight Outta Compton” were both left out.
Aside from Larson, who is a favourite to win the Oscar, Jennifer Lawrence for “Joy,” Cate Blanchett for “Carol,” Saoirse Ronan for “Brooklyn” and Charlotte Rampling for “45 Years” also received best actress nominations.
The other nominees for best actor are Matt Damon for “The Martian,” Michael Fassbender for “Steve Jobs,” Eddie Redmayne for “The Danish Girl” and Bryan Cranston for “Trumbo.”
Toronto-native the Weeknd also had his song “Earned It,” from the film “Fifty Shades of Grey,” nominated for the best original song Oscar.
The 88th Academy Awards air Feb. 28 on ABC and will be hosted by Chris Rock.