Oscar Nominees for Best Documentary

The Oscar nominees for best documentary feature have been announced by the film academy. Among the nominees is the film, “Life, Animated”, directed by Roger Ross Williams, a touching movie about autism, excellent on both the perspective of those with autism and those who love them.


Life, Animated is the inspirational account of Owen Suskind, a young man who was unable to speak as a child until he and his family discovered a unique way to communicate by immersing themselves in the world of classic Disney animated films. This emotional coming-of-age story follows Owen as he graduates to adulthood and takes his first steps toward independence. Owen joined the LIFE community in Hyannis 2 ½ years ago, and has proved to be a well-liked and invaluable member of the community.  At the movie’s premiere in Hyannis, the Suskind family generously hosted a “Night at the Movies!”, providing staff and residents with a wonderful meal, movie tickets and refreshments. A great time was had by all; the theater was packed, and very enthusiastically received – this is a movie not to be missed!


The 89th Annual Academy Awards will be presented in a Feb. 26 ceremony hosted by comedian Jimmy Kimmel and aired live on ABC; Don’t miss the show, it promises to be a wonderfully entertaining evening! LIFE will be sure to host Academy Awards parties so that residents and staff can have a chance to celebrate this exciting event together. 


Congratulations to Owen, Cornelia, Ron, Walter, and the movie crew members involved in this wonderful documentary.  You have made a real impact on the perception of the world towards people with different abilities, and are opening the eyes of the public to this very important insight.


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Living Independently Forever, Inc. is a non-profit with multiple locations throughout Southeast Massachusetts supporting adults with autism, learning disabilities, and intellectual disabilities in their pursuit of a happy, independent life.

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