Kevin Crowley

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The Big Ugly, a revenge film set in West Virginia and shot in Morehead, Ky., opens Friday July 24, at the Mariemont Theater and other movie houses and drive-ins.

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I’ve been waiting two years to tell this story about the local actors who appeared in “Carol” with Oscar-nominated actressess Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara.

When “Carol” was shot here in 2014, local participants were ordered not to speak to the media. Believe me I tried, but nobody wanted to talk and jeopardize their part in the film.

With “Carol” up for six Academy Awards on Feb. 28, I finally got actors Kevin Crowley, Ann Reskin (Strunk) and Ken Strunk to tell about the film, along with “Carol” local casting direct D. Lynn Meyers.

Our area was all abuzz during the filming of the critically acclaimed film Carol, which is nominated for six Academy Awards.

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There’s a new queen of the Queen City, and her name is “Carol.”

The Cate Blanchett-Rooney Mara film, shot here last year, lived up to all of its pre-Oscar buzz at a screening Saturday night at Clifton’s Esquire Theatre for the Greater Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky Film Commission.

Reviewers have called the film “gorgeous,” ‘flawless” and an Oscar contender. And I agree.

Blanchett, just nominated for a Golden Globe best actress award, also should be nominated for an Oscar for her performance as unhappily married Carol Aird, who pursues New York department store clerk Therese Belivet (Mara) in 1952.

Mara, who won best actress for Belivet at the Cannes Film Festival last May, also received a Golden Globe nomination as best actress for “Carol,” for her sensitive portrayal of a confused young woman maturing after her affair with Aird.