ASHLAND, Ore., -- The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences announced the nominees for the 88th Academy Awards. Taking home the most nominations is The Revenant. The epic western staring Leonardo Dicaprio is based on the true story of fur trader Hugh Glass. The Revenant's budget was originally set at $60 million but ballooned to more than $135 million due to the director Alejandro G. Iñárritu, filming in chronological order.
Like big blockbusters, the smaller budget independent films get time on the silver screen in Southern Oregon thanks to the Ashland Independent Film Festival. Now in it's 16th year, AIFF has a long history of showing independent films and shorts which are later nominated for Oscars.
Three films which fans saw in Ashland were nominated Thursday morning. During the Festival last April, AIFF showed Cartel Land and The Look of Silence, both are up for "Best Documentary Feature Film." Then in October the staff at the festival chose Boy in the World for the "Varsity World Film Week" which is up for "Best Animated Feature Film."
AIFF's biggest fundraiser is the Oscar Night Gala. Tickets sell out every year and are going fast. The night is a chance to dress up, enjoy local food and wine, and celebrate film, raising money for AIFF, all while watching the Oscars.
You can watch the 88th Academy Awards on NewsWatch 12 on February 28th. The red carpet roles out at 5:30.