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Scottsdale native Emma Stone nabs Oscar nomination for ‘The Favourite’

Jan 22, 2019, 7:59 AM | Updated: 8:50 am
Emma Stone arrives at the Producers Guild Awards on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, at the Beverly Hilton ...

Emma Stone arrives at the Producers Guild Awards on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

(Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

PHOENIX — Scottsdale native Emma Stone was nominated Tuesday for an Academy Award for her role in the period comedy-drama film “The Favourite.”

Stone earned her second supporting actress nomination for her role as Abigail Masham, a woman competing to become the favourite — or intimate companion — of Queen Anne of Great Britain.

She was nominated for the first time in 2014 for “Birdman.” Stone won a best actress Academy Award in 2017 for her lead role in “La La Land.”

“The Favourite,” directed by Yorgos Lanthimos, led the 91st Academy Awards alongside Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma” with 10 nominations each.

The film also grabbed nominations for best picture and Olivia Colman, who plays Queen Anne, for best actress.

It has earned a cool $23 million at the box office, according to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Stone was born and raised in Scottsdale and pursued acting throughout her time in the Valley.

She attended Xavier College Preparatory, an all-female private high school in Phoenix before dropping out at 15 and moving to Los Angeles with her mother.

The lead-up to Tuesday’s nominations was rocky for both the film academy and some of the contending movies.

Shortly after being announced as host of the Feb. 24 ceremony, Kevin Hart was forced to withdraw over years-old homophobic tweets that the comedian eventually apologized for.

That has left the Oscars without an emcee, and likely to stay that way.

The academy has gone host-less once before in an infamous 1989 telecast that featured a lengthy musical number.

The Oscars hit a new ratings low last year, declining 20 percent and averaging 26.5 million viewers.

Though ratings for award shows have generally been dropping, the downturn prompted the academy to revamp this year’s telecast.

Though initial plans for a new popular film category were scuttled, the academy is planning to present some awards off-air and keep the broadcast to three hours.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Scottsdale native Emma Stone nabs Oscar nomination for ‘The Favourite’