Saving Face and The Descendants link Colorado to Oscar wins

Colorado-based filmmaker Daniel Junge won an Oscar tonight for Saving Face, the short documentary film that follows a Pakistani plastic surgeon dedicated to performing reconstructive surgery on women who've been attacked with acid.

Read an interview with Junge about Saving Face.

In addition to Saving Face, Kaui Hart Hemmings' book-turned-screenplay The Descendants won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.

The Descendants was also nominated for Best Picture, Best Director (Alexander Payne), Best Actor (George Clooney) and Best Film Editing.

Hemmings, a Hawaii native, attended Colorado College and then worked here at Westword:

"Every day [at Westword] I called people and tried to sell them help-wanted ads. But I hated to talk on the phone, so I did a lot of faxing. I'd write these sales pitches. then mass-fax. Fuck, I'm old -- I faxed," Hemmings confesses.

Continue reading our quick interview with Hemmings.

For a blow-by-blow account of the show, hop on over to Nick Greene's live blog at the Village Voice: "Oscars Live Blog: Finally, Some Attention for Our Nation's Celebrities."

For the fashion side of last night, see: "2012 Oscars: Red carpet fashion do's and don'ts"

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