Bing Liu and Diane Quon who produced the acclaimed documentary Minding the Gap are two of the many Asian Americans in contention for an Academy Award tonight.
Liu won an Independent Spirit Award for the film which centers around three teen skateboarders and their travels through the teenage years into adulthood.
He received word of his win on January 8, his 30th birthday.
“Today’s my 30th birthday, and its an awesome way to celebrate,” he said during his acceptance speech. “Alexandria and I are going to roller skate, because its her birthday in three days. We’re going to go roller skate in Glendale tonight at 8 p.m. if anybody wants to come. So come out and lets celebrate. Drinks are on me.”
Also nominated in the same category is Su Kim for Hale County This Morning This Evening. Kim produced the film along with fellow nominees Joslyn Barnes and director RaMell Ross who also appeared in the movie
The film follows the lives of two African American men from a rural Alabama community. One of the men attends college and the other becomes a father
Directors Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin are also nominated in the Best Documentary category for Free Solo. The movie features rock climber Alex Honnold as he plans and attempts to free solo climb El Capitan in Yosemite.
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