2012 Oscar Race: 'African Chelsea' - Sally Kirkland Campaigns For Second Oscar Nomination

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"I had a wonderful time acting in 'African Chelsea' and it's a great film." - Best Actress nominee Sally Kirkland

I love 'African Chelsea' - Oscar nominee Sally Kirkland

The Oscars are synonymous with big budget campaigns for a coveted nomination, but films can also attract Academy attention through the cast (remember Melissa Leo's 2011 run for Best Supporting Actress). Actress Sally Kirkland knows about generating excitement for a film, which resulted in her Golden Globe Award and Best Actress Oscar nomination for 1987's 'Anna.' Ms. Kirkland is excited again this year to be co-starring in "African Chelsea," which is now eligible for an Oscar nomination for Live Action Short.

"I had a wonderful time acting in 'African Chelsea' and it's a great film. The look of it - the style - is really something special. When I was in Cannes with 'Anna' I did everything I could for the movie because I loved it so much. I hung posters! I grabbed Rex Reed by the arm in an elevator and said he had to come see my film. Later he announced at a dinner party that he had just seen the best performance of the festival - me as 'Anna' - and that began my Oscar campaign." - Sally Kirkland

Ms. Kirkland now co-stars in "African Chelsea" and has been helping get the word out including appearing on The Hollywood Reporter website with Emmy nominated director Brent Roske during the film's successful showing in Cannes this May.

"I wanted to make 'African Chelsea' feel both immediate and intimate. It's really an empathetic story - people forget that everyone has a cross to bear, weather its your health, upbringing, family - everyone has something that makes them a little broken - and Corinne's [Becker] performance really embodies this. We shot most of it night exteriors in Hollywood along with flashback scenes of tense emotional struggles with her mother, played by the amazing Sally Kirkland. I hope the viewer enjoys watching the film as much we did making it." - Director Brent Roske

"Brent is known as a commercial director, but I think his narrative work is really where he shines. And getting the opportunity to act with Sally Kirkland was truly a dream come true." - Corinne Becker, star of 'African Chelsea'

Nominations for the 2012 Oscars will be announced Tuesday, January 24, 2012 at 5:30 a.m. PT, from the Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

"I'd love 'African Chelsea' to get nominated this year. I think Brent is one to be watched." - Sally Kirkland

The Hollywood Reporter - 'Sally Kirkland interview with film maker Brent Roske': http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AmTLwGa-A3o

Learn more at http://www.africanchelsea.com

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