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New Jersey and Oscar

"God Of Love," a comedy filmed in New Jersey in 2009, just won the Oscar for live action short film.

The thesis project of New York University graduate student Luke Matheny, "God Of Love" contains scenes shot at the Landmark Loews Theater in Jersey City. The quirky story concerns a love-struck lounge singer who mysteriously receives a box of love-inducing darts.

The Loews Jersey, a 1920s movie palace, is one of the few remaining theaters of its kind and has been undergoing gradual restoration by an army of volunteers during the last decade. It has served as a film location on several occasions in the past, must notably as the main backdrop for Whit Stillman's acclaimed independent feature "The Last Days Of Disco" and the family comedy "The Perfect Holiday" with Queen Latifah, Morris Chestnut and Gabrielle Union.

The co-host of this year's Academy Awards ceremony, James Franco, is also an NYU graduate student and he, too, filmed his thesis project in New Jersey. Franco, who received an Oscar nomination for his performance in "127 Hours," made "The Broken Tower" in Morristown and Bedminster last November, and directed another short film, "The Clerk's Tale," in Hackensack in March of 2010.

"Typically, there are many New Jersey ties to the Oscar Awards" according to Steven Gorelick, Executive Director of the New Jersey Motion Picture and Television Commission, "and this year is no exception." Franco's co-host, Anne Hathaway, is a native of Millburn, and began her acting career at the Paper Mill Playhouse. Best picture nominee "The Fighter" contains scenes filmed in Atlantic City," and another nominated picture, "Salt," was shot partly in Hoboken and Weehawken. And Jesse Eisenberg, nominated as Best Actor for his role in "The Social Network," was raised in East Brunswick.

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