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.