There were mixed results from last night’s Oscars as far as local representation was concerned.
North Salem resident and New Rochelle native Alan MenkenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Oscar drought continues. Although he received three Best Song nominations for his contributions to Ã¢â‚¬Å“Enchanted,Ã¢â‚¬? itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s likely his supporters split votes, allowing for a song from the movie Ã¢â‚¬Å“OnceÃ¢â‚¬? to win the trophy. Although he hasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t won an Oscar since 1996, donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t feel too bad for Menken. HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s won eight total.
New Rochelle resident Ruby Dee also lost out on an Academy Award this Sunday. The Ã¢â‚¬Å“American GangsterÃ¢â‚¬? actress lost the Best Supporting Actress award to Tilda Swinson, who won for her role in Ã¢â‚¬Å“Michael Clayton.Ã¢â‚¬? And not for her dress.
The Lower Hudson Valley wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t completely shut out, however, as Croton native Cynthia Wade not only won the Short Subject Documentary Oscar for Ã¢â‚¬Å“Freeheld,Ã¢â‚¬? but also was presented the trophy by two-time Oscar-winner Tom Hanks. In doing so, Wade beat out another LoHud product. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Salim BabaÃ¢â‚¬? director Francisco Bello, who graduated in 1998 from Ossining High School.