Two WNY Natives In The Running For An Oscar

February 26, 2012 Updated Feb 26, 2012 at 10:34 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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February 26, 2012 Updated Feb 26, 2012 at 10:34 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. ( WKBW ) Two Western New York natives are in the running for an Oscar this year...East Aurora native Kevin Tent, and Niagara Falls native Mark Bridges.

The George Clooney movie "The Descendants" is nominated for five Oscars, including Best Actor, Best Director, Best Picture, and Best Editing.

The film was cut by Western New York native Kevin Tent. He lives in Los Angeles now, but grew up in East Aurora.

Kent has been editing Hollywood movies since the early 1990's. Among his body of work, the 1999 Winona Ryder film "Girl Interrupted," and the 2004 Alexander Payne movie, "Sideways."

Eyewitness News caught up with Tent on the phone. He said, "I'm still pinching myself. It's one of those things you can't believe it's happening."

Tent is not the only local native up for an Oscar.

Costume designer Mark Bridges from Niagara Falls could claim the top prize for his work on the popular silent film, "The Artist."

Bridges also talked with Eyewitness News on the phone and shared his excitement on the Oscar competition, that is a high point on what Bridges described as his "life journey."

Western New Yorkers will be keeping their fingers crossed for Kevin Tent and Mark Bridges when the Academy Awards are presented Sunday night, seen exclusively on WKBW Channel 7 and ABC.