Several Oscar winners last night have ties to upstate New York.
Fairport, Monroe County, native Andrea Nix Fine and her husband, Sean, won best documentary short subject film for “Inocente.”
“Most of all we want to thank this young lady, who was homeless just a year ago, and here she is standing here, and she’s an artist, and you are all artists,” Sean Fine said, encouraging the audience to support arts programs.
In the Hudson Valley, John Jay High School graduate Shawn Christensen won the Oscar for live-action short film for “Curfew.” Christensen wrote, directed and stars in “Curfew,” which he wrote over two days in January 2011.
Anne Hathaway attended Vassar College in Poughkeepsie. She won best supporting actress in “Les Miserables.”
Arlington High School and Vassar College alumnus John Gatins was nominated for original screenplay but lost to Quentin Tarantino, who won for “Django Unchained.” Gatins wrote the Denzel Washington film “Flight,” the Poughkeepsie Journal reported.
Larchmont’s Ang Lee pulled off a major upset and won best director for the shipwreck story “Life of Pi,” taking the prize over Steven Spielberg, who had been favored for “Lincoln.”