Providence Biltmore hosts annual Oscars bash

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — Hundreds took in the 91st Academy Awards from atop the Biltmore Hotel Sunday night.

Peter Farrelly’s film “Green Book” was nominated for five different Oscars. The big moment came as he won for Best Original Screenplay, with Farrelly giving a major shout out to Rhode Island. The film later went on to win Best Picture.

“To have Peter Farrelly win, and the first thing out of his mouth is I want to thank the great state of Rhode Island. You can’t get any better than that and we couldn’t be prouder,” said Steven Feinberg of the Rhode Island Film & TV Office.

Rhode Island native Betsy West was up for an Oscar as well. She directed and produced “RBG,” the documentary about the life of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg. That film lost out in the documentary category to “Free Solo.”

I also caught up with local filmmaker Tom DeNucci, whose film “Vault” is set to be released this year, if the thought of being nominated for an Oscar in 2020 has crossed his mind. He told me he wants to avoid talking about that, for fear of jinxing himself.

Folks also weighed in on this year’s host-less format, with reaction to the lack of host mixed here in Providence.

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