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KU professor nominated for Oscar for his work on 'BlacKKKlansman'

Friday, January 25, 2019

Kevin WillmottCourtney Bierman | @courtbierman

The University of Kansas will have a representative at this year's 91st Academy Awards.

Film professor Kevin Willmott is nominated for the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for his work on "BlacKkKlansman." Willmott is nominated with his three co-writers, Spike Lee, Charlie Wachtel and David Rabinowitz. Announcements were made Tuesday at 7:20 a.m. via livestream on the Oscars website.

"I’m honored to the bottom of my soul," Willmott said in a text message. "KU has been supportive of my career, and I’m proud to be here at this moment! I have many friends and KU colleagues that helped me to get here, and I want to thank all of them. I’m a very lucky man."

"BlacKkKlansman" received six nominations total, also including Best Picture and Best Director for Spike Lee. 

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