Oakland native Mahershala Ali walked away with best supporting actor for his role of pianist Don Shirley in “Green Book,” which won best picture at the Academy Awards. Ali played basketball and helped his high school, Mt. Eden High, reach the Division III state championship in 1990. He earned a scholarship to Saint Mary’s but didn’t really stick with basketball at college.
John Ottman — who earned an Oscar for his film editing work on “Bohemian Rhapsody” — gave the Bay Area a shout out when he thanked his parents for letting him make films in their garage on Normington Way in San Jose.
Emeryville-based Pixar’s “Bao” won the Oscar for best animated short film.The film’s director Domee Shi, is the first woman to direct a Pixar short film and had an important message in her acceptance speech: “For all of the nerdy girls who hide behind their sketchbooks, don’t be afraid to tell your stories to the world.”
These are just a few from here in the Bay.
Congrats to all the winners. And the “no host” show was a hit!