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Young ‘Moonlight’ stars return from Oscars to middle school

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Seventh-graders Alex Hibbert and Jaden Piner returned to middle school Wednesday as Oscar winners, but the “Moonlight” stars still had to go back to basics with their classmates in drama class. At Norland Middle School, they followed acting teacher Tanisha Cidel‘s directions to crawl on the floor like lions and recite the tongue-twister “red leather, yellow leather” faster and faster. Cidel played a principal in the film that also won Oscars for best supporting actor and best adapted screenplay. “The…

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Lens of time magnifies FSU experience for Oscar-nominated cinematographer

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Oscar nominee and Florida State University alumnus James Laxton is coming off the best professional experience of his life on the film “Moonlight,” which is nominated for eight Academy Awards — including Best Picture. Laxton earned an Oscar nomination for cinematography on the film and now, days before the 89th Academy Awards on Feb. 26, he’s still trying to process that news. “I don’t know if it’s sunk in yet. It definitely feels surreal but in a good way,” said…

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FSU alumni make history with 8 Oscar nominations for ‘Moonlight’

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The acclaimed film, “Moonlight,” from Florida State University graduate Barry Jenkins and his crew of FSU Film School alumni, has been nominated for eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Nominations for the 89th Annual Academy Awards were announced Tuesday morning. Jenkins, who wrote the screenplay and directed “Moonlight,” was nominated in the Directing category. He shares a nomination for Adapted Screenplay with Tarell Alvin McCraney, who wrote the play “In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue,” which was the basis for…

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FSU film school alums earn awards, acclaim with ‘Moonlight’

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UPDATE: Florida State graduates Barry Jenkins, Adele Romanski, James Laxton, Andrew Hevia, Nat Sanders and Joi McMillon won the Golden Globe Award for best motion picture (drama) with their film “Moonlight” on Sunday night, Jan 8. Congratulations! Barry Jenkins was a junior at Florida State University in 2000 when he walked by Doak Campbell Stadium one day and discovered the College of Motion Picture Arts. It piqued his interest. Jenkins, a talented English major, applied to the program even though…

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Jeff Greene outlines ‘Jobs for Florida’ plan

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Today, Democratic Senate candidate Jeff Greene met with community leaders from the Liberty City District of Miami to tour the economically distressed area and outline “The Jobs for Florida Plan” that will revitalize Florida’s economy and create good paying jobs for residents of the Sunshine State. “After touring the Liberty City neighborhood, it’s clear that career politicians Kendrick Meek, Charlie Crist and Marco Rubio have failed to create jobs,” said Jeff Greene. “Families are struggling, Florida unemployment rate hovers at…

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Jeff Greene outlines ‘Jobs for Florida’ plan

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Today, Democratic Senate candidate Jeff Greene met with community leaders from the Liberty City District of Miami to tour the economically distressed area and outline “The Jobs for Florida Plan” that will revitalize Florida’s economy and create good paying jobs for residents of the Sunshine State. “After touring the Liberty City neighborhood, it’s clear that career politicians Kendrick Meek, Charlie Crist and Marco Rubio have failed to create jobs,” said Jeff Greene. “Families are struggling, Florida unemployment rate hovers at…

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Jeff Greene to outline ‘Jobs for Florida Plan’ in Miami today

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On Monday, July 5 at 1:30 pm, Democratic Senate candidate Jeff Greene will be in Miami to meet with local community leaders in Liberty City to discuss jobs and economic development. During the campaign stop, Greene will outline portions of “The Jobs for Florida Plan” aimed at helping workers and small business owners in distressed communities. Jeff Greene is running for the U.S. Senate to revitalize Florida’s economy. Creating jobs is a center piece of his platform and as a…

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