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Actor Journeys From Limo Chauffeur To Oscar Nominee

Posted on January 22, 2014

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota will be well represented at this year’s Academy Awards ceremony.

Best Picture nominee “12 Years a Slave” was produced by Bill Pohlad. Minnesota native Melisa Wallack co-wrote “Dallas Buyers Club”, which is up for Best Screenplay.

Best Actress nominee Amy Adams performed at Chanhassen Dinner Theaters from 1996-1999 as her acting career was just beginning.

But most notable is former Minneapolis limo driver Barkhad Abdi, who was discovered by the producers of “Captain Phillips”. Abdi, who had never acted before, is nominated for Best Supporting Actor.

For the full story, go to www.minnesota.cbslocal.com.

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