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Oscar buzz means business for Louisiana

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BATON ROUGE - Oscar buzz means big business in Louisiana. Nominations for the films "Beasts of the Southern Wild," "Django Unchained," and the visual effects work on "Snow White and the Huntsman" all have ties to Hollywood South.

Celtic Media Center's Patrick Mulhearn says they studio is already getting more attention thanks to the nominations, and a win could boost business even more.

"I think it just speaks volumes for how you can turn out a quality product for less here in Louisiana," Mulhearn said.

Last year a Louisiana film, "The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore" from Shreveport's Moonbot Studios, won the Academy Award for best animated short. That makes this the second year of nominations in a row for films stamped "Made in Louisiana," and people are noticing.

"We're getting calls, there's been an uptick in calls," Mulhearn said.

A Best Picture win for "Beasts of the Southern Wild" would also have special meaning for some in Louisiana. Red Cross workers who stayed at one of Celtic Media Centre's sound stages during Hurricane Isaac were treated to an advanced screening, courtesy of Fox Searchlight.

The 85th Academy Awards show airs Feb. 24, right here on WBRZ.

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