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Minnesota has been well represented on the Oscars' red carpet

Cloquet native Jessica Lange won her first Oscar for her role in "Tootsie."

A lot of eyes will be set at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday for the 91st Academy Awards. Over the years, talent from Duluth, Cloquet and greater Minnesota have made a strong showing.

Here's a look at Minnesota sightings at the Oscars.

Jessica Lange

After 40 years in the biz, Jessica Lange's no stranger to this awards ceremony.

The Cloquet native has six noms and two wins, for her roles in "Tootsie" and "Blue Sky." Fun fact: She was nominated twice in 1983.

In "Tootsie," Lange charmed as single-mom Julie opposite Dustin Hoffman's Michael, a down-on-his-luck actor, dressing up as a woman to land a gig.

Lange's acceptance speech was short, sweet and funny: "I feel real lucky to have ... had Sydney Pollack as my director and Dustin Hoffman as my leading lady." To that, the camera caught Hoffman's affectionate smile toward the stage.

In 1995, Lange played Carly, the wife of military man Hank (Tommy Lee Jones) in "Blue Sky."

That year, she was up against Jodie Foster, Winona Ryder, Susan Sarandon, Miranda Richardson for best leading lady. When she won, Lange thanked her three children who "make all of this possible with their love and patience."

Jim Burke

Edina, Minn.-born Jim Burke has a film on deck Sunday. "Green Book" is up for several awards in acting, directing, original screenplay. It's an odd-couple comedy drama set in the 1960s south, starring Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen. (Now showing in at Premiere in Cloquet.)

Burke's one of the producers behind "The Descendants," which snagged Best Adapted Screenplay in 2012.

Let's see how his latest fares Sunday.


Minnesota's pride and joy Prince snagged a tiny statuette for Best Original Song Score in 1985 for “Purple Rain.” imdb.comMinnesota's pride and joy Prince snagged a tiny statuette for Best Original Song Score in 1985 for "Purple Rain."

Prince approached the stage wearing a sparkly purple hood, and he was accompanied by The Revolution band members Lisa and Wendy.

"Wanna hold it," he asked Wendy, who enthusiastically said "Yes."

In his speech, Prince, in his velvety voice, called the honor "very unbelievable" and thanked "most of all God," among others.

That was the first year the Academy included the category, which required at least five original songs that moved the plot forward. Prince was up against music for "The Muppets Take Manhattan" and just "songwriter Kris Kristofferson." (Makes you wonder if it was made just for him.)

More Prince-ly sightings at the 2005 and the 2015 Oscars. Before presenting for the latter, he was met by an uproar of applause — how he'll always be remembered.

Bob Dylan

In 2001, Duluth-born Bob Dylan won Best Original Song at the Oscars for “Things Have Changed.” 2013 file / News TribuneIn 2001, Duluth-born Bob Dylan won Best Original Song for "Things Have Changed."

The song showed up in "Wonder Boys" starring Michael Douglas and Tobey Maguire, with Dylan-y lyrics like "Got white skin, got assassin's eyes / I'm looking up into the sapphire tinted skies."

Dylan accepted his Oscar via satellite from Australia, where he was on tour. According to Rolling Stone, he thanked the Academy and his label for being "bold enough to give me this award for this song which, is a song that doesn't pussyfoot around or turn a blind eye to human nature."

Barkhad Abdi

Barkhad Abdi was nominated for an Oscar in "Captain Phillips." imdb.comHe was working as a cabbie and limo driver in Minneapolis when he was cast as a Somali pirate opposite Tom Hanks in 2014's "Captain Phillips."

It's based on the true story of a hijacked cargo ship and its held-hostage captain. Barkhad Abdi

was nominated for Best Supporting Actor, and it was a hefty competish against Bradley Cooper, Michael Fassbender, Jonah Hill. Abdi lost out to Jared Leto in "Dallas Buyers Club." But he still came out on top.

He has since acted in "Eye in the Sky" with Helen Mirren and in "Blade Runner 2049" with Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling.

Joel Coen and Ethan Coen

Ethan and Joel Coen on the set of "No Country for Old Men." It earned the filmmakers won three Oscars in 2008. imdb.comThe St. Louis Park, Minn.-born bros are Academy regulars barreling in with 15 noms in directing, writing and editing. On Sunday, the Coens are up again in Best Adapted Screenplay for "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs."

In 2008, when they swept best director, screenplay and picture for "No Country for Old Men," Joel Coen said, "We're very thankful to all of you out there for letting us continue to play in our corner of the sandbox."

The best parts of this speech, though, were watching the camera cut to his wife, Frances McDormand (an Oscar winner herself), grin ear-to-ear and shake her head at her partner.

Other Oscar nods for the Coens: "True Grit," "O Brother Where Art Thou?," "Bridge of Spies."

Diablo Cody

Diablo Cody was living in Minnesota when she penned 2008's Best Original Screenplay winner "Juno." imdb.comShe was a Minnesotan when she penned her first screenplay, "Juno," about a pregnant teen who decides to go the adoption route. Directed by Jason Reitman and starring Ellen Page, Michael Cera and a catchy indie soundtrack, "Juno" was also up for three other awards in 2008.

But it was Cody who won Best Original Screenplay.

She dedicated her award to the writers, and choked up with gratitude to "family for loving me exactly the way I am."

She's since written "Tully," "Young Adult," "Jennifer's Body," created "The United States of Tara" — and moved to L.A. But hopefully she knows Minnesota's door is always open.

Judy Garland

Singer/actress and Grand Rapids native Judy Garland has been nominated for three Oscars. In 1962, it was for her supporting role in "Judgment at Nuremberg," and again in 1955 for "A Star Is Born." (Yeah, one of the many predecessors to this year's rendish starring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper.)

It was in 1940 that Garland won the Academy's Juvenile Award for playing Dorothy in "The Wizard of Oz."

Pete Docter

The Bloomington, Minn., native helped bring "Toy Story," "WALL-E," "Monsters, Inc." and more into the world. Now a Pixar head, Pete Docter was a writing mind behind eight Oscar-nominated flicks, two of which took the cake — 2010's "Up" and 2016's "Inside Out."

During the acceptance speech for the latter, Docter stood next to co-writer Jonas Rivera, explaining, "This film was born from watching our kids grow up, which is not easy."

Docter addressed those in junior high and high school, noting you can't always choose your emotions, "But you can make stuff. Make films, draw, write, it'll make a world of difference."

Well said, sir.

Minnesota-mades make it to the Oscars

Some flicks filmed in Minnesota made it to the Oscars, too.

• "North Country," based on real-life Jenson v. Eveleth Taconite Co., saw Oscar-nominated performances by Charlize Theron and Frances McDormand in 2006.

• The Coen Brothers' "Fargo" and "A Serious Man" were both shot in the land of 10,000 lakes. "Fargo" won two, "A Serious Man" was twice nominated.

When to watch

What: 91st Academy Awards

When: 7 p.m. Sunday

Where: ABC

How and where to stream the Oscars:

Melinda Lavine

Lavine is a features and health reporter for the Duluth News Tribune. 

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