Simon Kinberg Receives Oscar Nomination for The Martian

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Simon Kinberg ’03 received an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture as a producer of The Martian. The film, adapted from Andy Weir's 2011 novel of the same name, was nominated for seven awards in total.

“It’s the greatest moment in my life, next to having my kids,” Kinberg told Deadline, less than a week after the critical and commercial hit was awarded the Golden Globe for Best Picture—Comedy or Musical.

In addition to its Best Picture nomination, The Martian will be competing for Best Actor in a Leading Role, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Production Design, Set Decoration, Visual Effects and Writing (Adapted Screenplay).

Kinberg’s work on the film has also earned him and fellow producers Ridley Scott, Michael Schaefer and Mark Huffam nominations from the BAFTA Awards, the Broadcast Film Critics Association and the PGA Awards, among many others. The American Film Institute and the National Board of Review named it one of the 10 best films of 2015, as did more than 50 national critics, according to Metacritic.

The award ceremony will be broadcast ABC on February 28.

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