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Lehigh Valley's influence is felt on the Oscars

Lehigh Valley's influence is felt on the Oscars

There are no Lehigh Valley filmmakers in the running for Oscars this year, unlike 2014, when former Parkland High School student Chris Renaud was a nominee as director of "Despicable Me 2." But that doesn't mean that there aren't a lot of local connections to the nominated films. At least four movies up for awards can be connected back to folks who were either born or grew up in the Valley. In 2014, a number of area natives worked on cartoons, including "Planes: Fire and Rescue" and "Mr. Peabody and Sherman," but only "The Boxtrolls" landed a nomination as Best Animated Feature. The flick from stop-motion company Laika features the...

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