Nashville Film Festival’s Brian Owens Live Tweets on Oscar Night

Brian OwensBrian Owens, Artistic Director of the Nashville Film Festival (NaFF), is one of Nashville’s leading experts on movies. He will be live tweeting (click to go to NaFF’s Twitter account) during today’s 85th Annual Academy Awards®, offering his insight to the world of cinema. Brian will release his Oscar picks, offer his impressions about the Red Carpet arrivals, and comment on all of the expected and unexpected events surrounding the awards presentations. The red carpet coverage begins at 5 p.m. CT as the excitement and anticipation builds at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood and Highland Center with the awards show following at 7:30 p.m. CT.

“I haven’t missed one Oscar® since 1987,” Owens says. “And, I’ve been extremely accurate on my Oscar ‘bets’. Last year I won the PBS Competition. A couple of interesting side notes on this year’s Oscars: The best actress competition is exciting with the youngest and oldest nominees in history; and this is only the third time in history that the director of the favorite for best picture is not nominated in the best director category. This hasn’t happened since ‘Driving Miss Daisy’ in 1990.”

Owens has programmed the Nashville Film Festival since 2008. To prepare the program for NaFF 2013 (April 18 – 25), Owens attended Sundance and the Toronto film festivals to research the next best films. He is in daily contact with major international filmmakers and distributors to draw the best films to NaFF, and this year, he and his team pre-screened 3,004 films that were submitted to the festival. He came to Nashville after founding and managing the Indianapolis International Film Festival.

The Nashville Film Festival has a long history of partnership with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. In 2008, the festival was awarded a $75,000 multi-year festival grant to expand its reach to Nashville’s diverse populations. NaFF has also been named an Academy Award® Short Film Qualifying Festival, which enables short films that win at NaFF to be given automatic Academy eligibility. This year, the Academy is partnering with NaFF to bring the Celebration of Kurdish Films to the festival.

If you want to have a printable full list of nominees and awards handy to follow today’s ceremony click here.

*Photo of Brian Owens courtesy Nashville Film Festival.

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