Greece has a strong presence in this years’ Academy Awards. Greek filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos, together with his collaborator Efthimis Filippou are both nominated for an Oscar for the Original Script of their film The Lobster. Lanthimos and Filippou have been working together for some time now: they made the Dogtooth, which was also nominated for an Oscar for Foreign Language Film, as well as Alps. Their collaboration continues with the next film by Yorgos Lanthimos’ A Killing of a Sacred Deer, starring Nicole Kidman and Colin Farrell.
Dafni Matziaraki, a greek journalist is nominated for a short documentary film called 4.1 Miles. The film chronicles a Greek coast guard rescue mission trying to save war-torn refugees from the sea as their boat capsized on their way to Greece from Syria.
Nominated for an Oscar is also the greek-american Mary Zophres (born Maria Zafeiropoulou), the costume designer who is nominated for an Oscar for her work in La La Land (she was also nominated in 2011 for her work in the film True Grit). Mary Zophres has worked on most of the Coen Brothers’ films.