Jan. 10, 2013 Staff Report
Benh Zeitlin, who was raised in Sunnyside, was nominated Thursday for an Oscar.
The Motion Picture Academy nominated him for his work on the Oscar-nominated film “Beasts of the Southern Wild.”
Zeitlin received nominations for directing and writing for the film’s adapted screenplay, which he wrote with longtime friend Lucy Alibar. “Beasts” was also nominated for best film.
Zeitlin, 30, was born in New York City and raised in Sunnyside, Queens. He reportedly began his career as a filmmaker at the tender age of 6 when he and a friend made a Batman movie. He continued making films as a child before attending Wesleyan University, where he majored in film.