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Ashland grad Fincher in Oscar spotlight again

I’ve read that movie director David Fincher went to Ashland High School. Has he ever won an Oscar, or been nominated?

— Archie, via email

It is an oft-told tale, Archie, but, indeed, the much-honored filmmaker attended Ashland High School and graduated with the Class of 1980.

During his years living in Southern Oregon, he also worked at a local television station and at the Varsity Theatre in Ashland.

Fincher has been nominated twice for the Oscar for Best Director — in 2009 for “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” and again in 2011 for “The Social Network,” but did not receive the award either time.

Industry websites that track the annual Hollywood horse race, expect that Fincher — whose other films have included “Se7en,” “The Game” and Gone Girl” — will be in the Best Director field again this year for “Mank,” the story of writer Herman J. Mankiewicz’s attempt to finish the screenplay for the iconic film “Citizen Kane.”

The honor could be doubly meaningful for Fincher, as he made the movie from a screenplay by his late father, Jack, who has also been mentioned as a potential nominee when the field for the Oscars is unveiled on Monday.

Still, while David Fincher hasn’t taken home the Academy Award, he has been the recipient of a Director’s Guild of America award, A Golden Globe, an Emmy for his television work and a Grammy Award — that one for a music video he helmed featuring Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake.

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