Mar 10, 2023 - News

Cleveland Oscar history: From Halle Berry to Tom Hanks

Halle Berry holds up her 2022 Academy Award on the red carpet.

"This moment is so much bigger than me." Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage

Cleveland could add another chapter to its rich Oscar history this weekend.

Driving the news: The 95th Academy Awards will air live starting at 8pm Sunday on ABC.

Zoom in: This year's most nominated film — "Everything Everywhere All at Once" — was scored by experimental band Son Lux, which is nominated for Best Original Score.

  • Son Lux founding member Ryan Lott is a former Cleveland resident who won the Cleveland Arts Prize as an emerging artist in 2006.

Flashback: Lott is the latest in a long line of former Clevelanders with Oscar ties, including Bob Hope, who grew up in Cleveland and hosted the Academy Awards a record 19 times.

  • Shaker Heights native Paul Newman earned seven nominations for Best Actor during his career before finally winning in 1987 for "The Color of Money."
  • Tom Hanks, who got his start in the film industry as an intern at Cleveland's Great Lakes Theater Festival, won back-to-back Best Actor Oscars for "Philadelphia" in 1993 and "Forrest Gump" in 1994.

Of note: Two Cleveland-born Black women were at the center of groundbreaking moments.

  • Dorothy Dandridge was the first Black woman nominated for Best Actress in 1955 for her role in "Carmen Jones."
  • Halle Berry became the first Black woman to win Best Actress when she took home an Oscar in 2002 for "Monster's Ball."

What we're watching: Should Lott win, he would join Maple Heights native Henry Mancini and Nine Inch Nails' front man Trent Reznor as Best Original Score winners with Northeast Ohio ties.


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