The University of North Carolina School of the Arts has connections to six of the nine films nominated for the Best Picture Oscar by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. In total, UNCSA has connections to nine films that are nominated in various categories.
Lucas Hedges, who attended the School of Drama in 2015-16, is nominated for Best Supporting Actor for playing Patrick in “Manchester by the Sea,” a film that received six nominations including Best Picture. Hedges is taking time off from school to work professionally. In addition to “Manchester by the Sea,” he appears in the upcoming films “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” with Woody Harrelson and Peter Drinklage and “Lady Bird” with Saoirse Ronan.
Current Drama student Christian Mallen appears as C.J., a friend of Patrick’s, in “Manchester by the Sea,” along with Drama alumnus Stephen McKinley Henderson ’72, who plays Mr. Emery.
Henderson also appears as Jim Bono in “Fences,” which is nominated for four awards, including Best Picture.