Posted by Richard "RB" Botto

While today’s Oscars are shaping up to be a LA LA LAND love fest, there is still some intrigue involved in watching today’s ceremony: Stage 32’ers Michel Merkt and Max Karli are up for a total of 3 Academy Awards.

Michel is nominated for producing Best Foreign Film nominee, TONI ERDMANN, which has won dozens of awards throughout the last year, including the Independent Spirit Award for Best Foreign Film yesterday.

Michel and Max are both nominated as producers for Best Animated Film with MY LIFE AS A ZUCCHINI. ZUCHINNI has also won numerous trophies throughout this awards season including capturing the Caesar Award for Best Animated Film. The film took 5 long years to complete and was a labor of love for these two gentlemen.

It’s also worth noting that Michel was directly responsible for bringing Oscar Best Actress nominee Isabelle Huppert to ELLE, which he also produced.  ELLE (and Michel) won the prestigious Caesar Award for Best Picture in France on Friday night.

In all, 13 (that we’re aware of) Stage 32 members, educators & executives are tied to Oscar nominated films tonight.

  • Toni Erdmann - Good luck to Stage 32 member, producer Michel Merkt
  • Elle (Best Actress) - Good luck to Stage 32 member, producer Michel Merkt
  • My Life as a Zucchini - Good luck to Stage 32 members, producers Michel Merkt & Max Karli
  • Arrival - Good luck to Stage 32 Educator, Spencer Robinson, who's firm Art/Work Entertainment represents writer Eric Heisserer.
  • Moana - Good luck to Stage 32 Executive, Adam Burgher, Manager at Hertzberg Media who represents writer Pamela Ribon.
  • Hell or Highwater - Good luck to Stage 32 Executive Aldo Chang, Story Editor at Odd Lot Entertainment, which produced the film.
  • Hacksaw Ridge -Good luck to Stage 32 Executive Steve Longi of Longitude Entertainment, Producer of the film.
  • Jackie - Good luck to Stage 32 Executive Michael Onofri of LD Entertainment, Producer of the film.
  • La La Land - Good luck to the Stage 32 Executive who represents the writer and director of the film.
  • Lion -Good luck to Stage 32 Executive Samantha Perelman, Creative Executive and Head of Casting for the Weinstein Company, which produced the film.
  • Loving (Best Actress)- Good luck to Stage 32 Executive Nuala O'Leary from Raindog Films (Colin Firth's company) and Joshua Cohen, Production & Development Coordinator from Big Beach Films, which both produced the film.
  • Sully - Good luck to Stage 32 Executive Agustine Calderon, the Creative Executive for RatPac-Dune Entertainment which produced the film.
  • Hidden Figures -Good luck to Stage 32 Executive Daniel Vang, Manager from Good Fear Film & Management which represents the film's writer Allison Schroeder.

We’re thrilled for them all! 

Let’s root on Michel and Max as they go for Oscar gold!


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