Two HBO documentaries received Academy Award(r) nominations when the 70th annual Academy Award(r) nominations were announced today. 4 LITTLE GIRLS was nominated in the category of Best Achievement in Documentary Features, while DAUGHTER OF THE BRIDE was nominated in the category of Best Achievement in Documentary Short Subjects. The Academy Awards(r) will be presented at the 1998 ceremony of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on March 23.
Director Spike Lee's 4 LITTLE GIRLS takes an in-depth look at one of America's most heinous crimes, the racially motivated 1963 church bombing in Birmingham, AL, that killed four young girls. A moving human account by family members and friends of the four girls who perished in the bombing, and an important historical chronicle of the forces that shaped race relations in Birmingham and the nation in the 1960s, 4 LITTLE GIRLS debuts Monday, Feb. 23 (9:00-10:45 p.m. ET), exclusively on HBO.
Part of the "Family Video Diaries" series of specials, DAUGHTER OF THE BRIDE tells the story of Pearl Randall, a 66-year-old widow who has found love again, and captures the attempts of her grown children to come to grips with Pearl's new romance and impending marriage. DAUGHTER OF THE BRIDE debuted in Nov. 1997 on HBO.
This year's nominations bring HBO's total of Academy Award(r) nominations to 15, while the network has received seven Academy Awards,(r) six of them for documentaries. In addition, the "CINEMAX Reel Life" documentary "Breathing Lessons: The Life and Work of Mark O'Brien" received an Academy Award(r) in the category of Best Achievement in Documentary Short Subjects last year.
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