Niagara Falls Native Takes Home Oscar!

February 27, 2012 Updated Feb 27, 2012 at 10:24 AM EDT

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February 27, 2012 Updated Feb 27, 2012 at 10:24 AM EDT

HOLLYWOOD, CA ( WKBW ) Niagara Falls native Mark Bridges picked up an Oscar Sunday night as Best Costume Designer for his work in the popular silent movie "The Artist."

During his acceptance speech, Bridges thanked movie producer Harvey Weinstein, who also has ties to Buffalo. Weinstein attended college in WNY, and started "Harvey & Corky" productions in the 70's and 80's bringing concerts and shows to town.

Bridges noted he is just a kid from Niagara Falls, who always dreamed of movies.

Bridges was up against Lisy Christi for her work in "Anonymous;" Sandy Powell for "Hugo;" Michael O'Connor for "Jane Eyre;" and Arianne Phillips for "W.E."

Here is Mark Bridges bio:

Mark Bridges was born and raised in Niagara Falls, New York; he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater Arts from Stony Brook University.

He began his career at Barbara Matera Costumes in New York City, as a shopper for a range of Broadway, dance, and film projects. He then studied for three years at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, receiving a Master of Fine Arts degree in costume design. After Tisch, Bridges began working in film, as assistant costume designer on Sandra Seacat’s In the Spirit; and as design assistant on Jonathan Demme’s Married to the Mob.

Mr. Bridges next worked as design assistant for costume designer Richard Hornung on Joel & Ethan Coen’s Miller’s Crossing; at Mr. Hornung’s invitation, he relocated to Los Angeles, where they reteamed as designer and assistant on Stephen Frears’ The Grifters and Hero, Michael Caton-Jones’ Doc Hollywood, Ivan Reitman’s Dave, Oliver Stone’s Natural Born Killers and Nixon, and Joel & Ethan Coen’s Barton Fink and The Hudsucker Proxy.

In 1995, he began his collaboration as costume designer with writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson, which has to date entailed the films Hard Eight (a.k.a. Sydney), Boogie Nights, Magnolia, Punch-Drunk Love, and There Will Be Blood (starring Academy Award winner Daniel Day-Lewis).

Mr. Bridges’ other features as costume designer include Ted Demme’s Blow, for which he received a Costume Designers Guild Award nomination; Curtis Hanson’s 8 Mile; Peyton Reed’s Yes Man; Steven Shainberg’s Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus; F. Gary Gray’s Be Cool and The Italian Job; David O. Russell’s I Heart Huckabees; Renny Harlin’s Deep Blue Sea; Hugh Wilson’s Blast From the Past; and Harry Elfont and Deborah Kaplan’s Can’t Hardly Wait. He recently completed work on Mr. Russell’s The Fighter, starring Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Amy Adams, and Melissa Leo.

His costume designs were part of the 1998 Biennale di Firenze Fashion/Cinema exhibit; and the 2002 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences exhibit Fifty Designers, Fifty Costumes: Concept to Character, showcased in Los Angeles and Tokyo. More recently, he was one of the film artists included in On Otto, an Installation at the Fondazione Prada in Milan, in the summer of 2007.

Mr. Bridges’ design work has appeared in such publications as Australian Harper's Bazaar, The New York Post, and The Hollywood Reporter; and in such books as Dressing in the Dark by Marion Maneker, and Dressed: 100 Years of Cinema Costume by Deborah Nadoolman Landis.