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Monday, March 08, 2010

Denish, Richardson Congratulate Jeff Bridges, Ryan Bingham for Academy Award Wins

Ryan Bingham performs The Weary Kind

Last night, Governor Bill Richardson offered his congratulations to actors Jeff Bridges and singer-songwriter Ryan Bingham for receiving Academy Awards for their work on the movie Crazy Heart, which was made in New Mexico.

Jeff Bridges won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of down-on-his-luck country music singer Bad Blake who, through his relationship and experiences with a female reporter is able to get his life and career back on track. Maggie Gyllenhaal plays the reporter, and was nominated for Best Supporting Actress.

New Mexico singer-songwriter Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett won for Best Original Song for The Weary Kind-Theme from Crazy Heart. Bingham is a native of Hobbs.

“I congratulate Jeff and Ryan for receiving Academy Awards for their outstanding and inspirational work,” Governor Richardson said in a statement released by his office. “It’s especially fun to see a New Mexican win for a movie made in New Mexico. I also congratulate all of the talented New Mexicans on the cast and crew who helped to make Crazy Heart.”

Lt. Governor Diane Denish this morning issued a statement congratulating fellow Hobbs native Ryan Bingham.

“Hobbs’ own Ryan Bingham has made all New Mexicans proud with his Oscar winning song, The Weary Kind. As someone born and raised in Hobbs, I am especially proud of Ryan and his great achievement," said Lt. Governor Denish. "New Mexico is not only home to many top Hollywood productions, but also cultivates the home-grown talent."

Local blog Bread for the World-New Mexico, also congratulated Jeff Bridges for his win, noting that he and his brother, Beau Bridges, have long been "strong advocates for ending childhood hunger and poverty in general in our country."

“Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” which was also shot in New Mexico, received a nomination for Best Sound Mixing.

Since Governor Richardson took office in 2003 more than 135 major film and television productions have been made in New Mexico, with an estimated economic impact of more than $3-billion. There are 10,000 direct and indirect film-related jobs in the state, and more than 250 businesses and services directly related to the industry.

March 8, 2010 at 09:49 AM in Diane Denish, Film, Gov. Bill Richardson, Music | Permalink