How Local Filmmakers Fared at the Oscars

March 8 2010, 10:07 AM

Two films with Boulder connections bagged Oscars during the 82nd Annual Academy Awards last night. Although the film "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire," which was co-produced by Boulder native Sarah Siegel-Magness and her husband Gary Magness, failed to reap best picture, Boulder-based photographer Louie Psihoyos' film "The Cove" won the Oscar for best documentary. "We've had great success with Boulder rallying around these two movies," Megan Siegel Jansen, Siegel-Magness' sister, tells the Daily Camera. "We're just really proud." While "The Hurt Locker" took the best picture award, "Precious" won two of six possible awards, including best supporting actress (Mo'Nique) and best adapted screenplay (by Geoffrey Fletcher). Denver filmmaker Daniel Junge and his former Just Media partner, Henry Ansbacher, were also up for best documentary short with "The Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner," but they lost out to "Music by Prudence." Meanwhile, musical celebrities are once again gracing the stage of the remodeled 1st Bank Center (formerly the Broomfield Events Center), notes The Denver Post, which reviews Friday night's performance by Further, a band comprised of former Grateful Dead members.