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Round of applause. 

February 23rd marks the 89thAcademy Awards where Hollywood comes out to honor the best in cinema. Since its inception, over 3,000 Oscar’s have been handed out. The statuette itself weighs 8 ½ pounds but the weight it carries for the winners in future role opportunities is enormous. And the Southern-born nominees are…

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Viola Davis
South Carolina native Viola Davis is nominated for a third time in the category of Best Supporting Actress. Maybe three times will be the charm as she reprises her Tony winning role as Rose Maxon in “Fences.” However, her good luck charm could be the Golden Globe Award she’s already received as Best Supporting Actress. Davis has already broken the record for the first African American actress to be nominated three times for an Academy Award. Viola Davis always turns heads on the red carpet so we came up with some make-up tips to mimic her beautiful style.

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Michael Shannon
This is Kentucky native Michael Shannon’s second nomination for Best Supporting Actor. His first nod was for his role in the 2008 “Revolutionary Road.” This year Shannon is being recognized for his portrayal of Lt. Bobby Andes in Texas native Tom Ford’s revenge thriller, “Nocturnal Animals.”

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Octavia Spencer
Alabama native Octavia Spencer is no stranger to the Oscars. She won Best Supporting Actress in 2012 for her unforgettable role as Minny Jackson in “The Help.” Spencer is being recognized once again for her portrayal of NASA mathematician and Missouri native Dorothy Vaughan for her role as Best Supporting Actress in “Hidden Figures.” We spoke with Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer in 2012 on her love of James Brown, her mama’s cooking, and the Auburn Tigers.

We applaud these Southern actors who have already experienced incredible success in their careers and have made us proud. We wish them the best of luck and will be waiting to hear their names called on Oscar night.