This is your captain speaking: Congrats on your Oscar nom!

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LOS ANGELES — A United Airlines pilot announced good news at 30,000 feet to a pair of filmmakers: ‘‘The women in row 23 just got nominated for an Academy Award.’’

‘‘Everyone applauded. They brought us champagne. It was something,’’ said Rachel Grady by telephone while waiting to board a connecting flight to Santa Barbara. ...


Grady and Heidi Ewing, co-directors of the Oscar nominated documentary ‘‘Jesus Camp,’’ were on this morning's flight from New York to California when they learned about their first Academy Award nod.

‘‘We brought a note to the captain asking him to check when the nominations were announced,’’ Grady explained.

‘‘The captain announced an hour later that he had really good news: ‘The women in row 23 just got nominated for an Academy Award,’’’ Grady said, admitting she was a little tipsy from the champagne.

As for the nomination, Grady said: ‘‘It’s amazing. It was a really hard movie to make.’’

‘‘Jesus Camp,’’ which examines the Rev. Becky Fischer’s summer camp for children, is nominated in the documentary category against ‘‘Deliver Us From Evil,’’ ‘‘An Inconvenient Truth,’’ ‘‘Iraq in Fragments’’ and ‘‘My Country, My Country.’’

Asked if she thought their film could beat out the Al Gore global-warming documentary ‘‘An Inconvenient Truth,’’ Grady said simply: ‘‘Tough call.’’

AP

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