Documentary Maker Bought An Oscar Ad In Variety Instead Of A Lexus

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Upon hearing the news that music from his documentary had the potential to compete with Les Miserables and other 2012 blockbusters for best score and song in the Academy Awards, filmmaker Steven C. Barber changed around some plans.Michael Cieply from the New York Times reported that while Barber (who works from a rent controlled apartment) was looking to buy a used Lexus, he immediately reallocated his funds to a $13,500 “For Your Consideration” ad in Variety when he found out he was shortlisted. (Cieply says he haggled the price down.)

The Las Vegas filmmaker is eligible for nomination for “Until They Are Home,” a documentary about the process of repatriating remains of deceased American soldiers who died overseas. He’ll find out if he got the actual nomination on Jan. 10.

“It was kind of like winning the lottery,” Barber told Andrea Domanick at the Las Vegas Sun. He continued, “Nevada is a state of winners and losers, and today I feel like a winner.”

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