DURHAM — Two former Seacoast residents were involved in the creation of films nominated for Academy Awards Tuesday morning.
Jennifer Dunnington, who attended Dover High School and studied film at Keene State College, was the supervising music editor for “Mary Poppins Returns.” The movie was nominated for Best Original Score and Best Original Song with “The Place Where Lost Things Go.”
Matt Renner, who grew up in Durham and attended Oyster River schools, was the executive producer for “Free Solo,” nominated for Best Feature Documentary. The film profiles rock climber Alex Hannold on his quest to perform a free solo climb of El Capitan, a vertical rock formation in Yosemite National Park.
Dunnington began her career in film as an intern at Florentine Films in Walpole after taking a film editing class from the company’s head picture editor, Paul Barnes. As an intern, she worked on the nine-part series documentary, “Baseball,” directed by Ken Burns.
Dunnington has been the music editor for dozens of films, including “Hugo,” “The Wolf of Wall Street” and “Into the Woods.” She has served as supervising music editor for “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” “Spotlight” and “Mary Poppins Returns.”
“Mary Poppins Returns” was also nominated for Best Costume Design and Best Production Design Tuesday.
Renner is the vice president of production at National Geographic Partners in New York City. In addition to his work on “Free Solo,” Renner was executive producer of “Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of ISIS,” which won the 2017 DuPont Award at the Tribeca Film Festival.
Renner was also the executive producer of “LA 92,” which won the 2017 Emmy for Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking.
“Free Solo” won the People’s Choice Award for documentaries at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival.