4 ways Dayton will be represented at the Oscars 

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4 ways Dayton will be represented at the Oscars 

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Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae, left), Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson) and Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) celebrate their stunning achievements in one of the greatest operations in history. CONTRIBUTED BY Hopper Stone

Dayton, you have some crazy-talented horses in the race for the Oscars. 

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the nominees for 2017 Oscars, and three films have local connections. 

>> PHOTOS: 2017 Oscar nominees

Alex Hibbert, left, and Mahershala Ali star in “Moonlight.” Contributed by David Bornfriend/A24 Los Angeles Times

FILM: MOONLIGHT 

LOCAL CONNECT: Hanna Beachler

NOMINATED FOR: Several awards, including Best Picture

Beachler, a Centerville grad and product of Wright State University's film and production design program, was the production designer on the Barry Jenkins-directed film “Moonlight.

FILM: HIDDEN FIGURES  

LOCAL CONNECTION:  Dorothy Vaughan, who is portrayed by Octavia Spencer

NOMINATED FOR: Several awards, including Best picture and Best Supporting Actress (Octavia Spencer)

Vaughan, a 1929 graduate of Wilberforce University, is among three African-American woman portrayed in the new film “Hidden Figures.”

The film tells the story of Vaughan and fellow mathematicians Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe).

Their calculations helped Ohio native John Glenn become the first American astronaut to make a complete orbit of Earth, a major step for America during the nation’s space race with the Soviet Union.

FILM: La La Land

LOCAL CONNECTION: John Legend

NOMINATED FOR: Several awards, including Best Picture

Legend, already an Oscar-winning singer/songwriter, plays a supporting role in the movie and is its executive producer. 

“La La Land” broke the record for most Golden Globe wins by a movie, nabbing seven awards.

The Damien Chazelle film won for directing, screenplay, original score, best song and best picture award for comedy or musical.

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone picked up the best actor and best actress award in the comedy or musical category. 

FILM: Jackie

LOCAL CONNECTION: A fictional version of the BOEING VC-137C SAM 26000 on display at the National Museum of the United States Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is the setting for a key scene in the movie “Jackie” starring Natalie Portman. Built in 1962, the plane known as “SAM 26000” flew John F. Kennedy to Berlin in 1963. Months later, it flew the assassinated president’s body from Dallas to Washington. Johnson was sworn in as president during that tragic flight.

NOMINATED FOR: Actress in a leading role, costume design, music - original score

Natalie Portman is nominated for an Academy Award for best actress in “Jackie,” a film that isn’t all that easy to see in advance of the Oscars ceremony on Feb. 26. But not impossible, if you follow this guide for catching all the nominees in the top six categories. CONTRIBUTED BY: Fox Searchlight The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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