And The Nominees Are, Massachusetts Films!

Boston, Massachusetts (PressExposure) February 21, 2011 -- Nominations for the 83rd Academy Awards were announced this morning and films shot on location in Massachusetts garnered a total of 16 nods, including Best Motion Picture of the Year for "The Social Network" and "The Fighter," starring Boston native Mark Wahlberg. The film is also attached to local producer Dorothy Aufiero of Red Hawk Entertainment. "The Town," directed by Cambridge native Ben Affleck, received a best supporting actor nomination.

"These nominations highlight Massachusetts' talented film workforce and great environment for creating Hollywood magic," said Betsy Wall, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism.

"The Social Network," filmed in Cambridge and Boston, MA, received eight nominations including Best Picture, Best Actor, Cinematography, Director and Adapted Screenplay. "The Fighter," filmed in Lowell, MA, received seven nominations including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress, Director and Original Screenplay. "The Town," filmed in Greater Boston (Boston, Charlestown, South Boston), received a nomination for Best Supporting Actor (Jeremy Renner)

Massachusetts-Related Academy Award Nominations:

Best motion picture of the year:
"The Fighter"
"The Social Network"

Performance by an actor in a leading role:
Jesse Eisenberg in "The Social Network"

Performance by an actor in a supporting role:
Christian Bale in "The Fighter"
Jeremy Renner in "The Town"

Performance by an actress in a supporting role:
Amy Adams in "The Fighter"
Melissa Leo in "The Fighter"

Achievement in cinematography:
"The Social Network"

Achievement in directing:
"The Fighter"
"The Social Network"

Achievement in film editing:
"The Fighter"
"The Social Network"

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original Score)
"The Social Network"

Achievement in sound mixing:
"The Social Network"

Adapted screenplay:
"The Social Network"

Original screenplay:
"The Fighter"

About the MFO
Massachusetts was one of the first states to establish an official state film office in 1979. Since then, the Massachusetts Film Office has welcomed over eighty feature filmmakers to the Bay State - including Norman Jewison, Sydney Lumet, Steven Spielberg, Clint Eastwood, and Martin Scorsese. Located in Boston, the Massachusetts Film Office (MFO) now provides one-stop shopping for studio executives, producers, and independent filmmakers seeking to do business in the state. Among many other services, the MFO assists filmmakers with location scouting, tax credit information, crew referrals, housing, permitting, government relations, and union issues.

About Mass Vacation

The Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism (MOTT) is the state agency dedicated to promoting Massachusetts as a leisure-travel destination in order to stimulate the Massachusetts economy by generating state and local tax revenues, creating jobs, and supporting the growth of travel-related businesses. MOTT serves as a leader in the tourism industry, bringing together the public and private sectors to promote Massachusetts as a leisure travel destination. Tourism is an integral part of the state's economy, generating more than $944 million in state and local taxes and $15.1 billion in travel related expenditures. The industry supports 127,800 in-state jobs.

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