Monticello Native Nominated for Academy Award

January 10, 2013 by Julie Montanaro

A Monticello native - who went to high school in Tallahassee -will soon be walking the red carpet.

Lucy Alibar was nominated for an academy award today for her work on the film Beasts of the Southern Wild.

Alibar worked with Benh Zeitlin to adapt her one act play onto the big screen.

The movie was nominated for four academy awards today including best film, best director and best actress.

Quvenzhane Wallis who plays Hushpuppy in the film was nominated for best actresss. The nine year old is the youngest best actress nominee ever.

Alibar says she was on the phone with her parents in Monticello when the academy made its announcement.

"I felt like I was having a heart attack. I really didn't expect anything, so I've never been more surprised in my life. In a good way. It was elating and wonderful," she said from her home in New York this afternoon.

Alibar says she has been amazed by people's response to the film and its universal story of a relationship between a father and daughter.

She says she is going to take her own father to the academy awards with her. but now she's got to find a dress for the big night.

Alibar says the story is based on her relationship with her father, defense attorney Baya Harrison. He makes a cameo apperance in the film too.


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