Minnesota native, 'Green Book' producer Jim Burke accepts Best Picture Award at Oscars

February 25, 2019 07:25 AM

This year's Academy Awards had a Minnesota connection.  

Green Book producer Jim Burke grew up in Edina and graduated from the University of Minnesota. And he's walking away with an Academy Award for Best Picture. 

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The movie received several Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture.

"It's a really, really hard thing to make a film and to have one turn out that's really good it's almost a miracle," Burke said. "I have to be who I am and who I am is a Minnesotan."

Burke will give the commencement speech at the University of Minnesota this spring. He grew up only a few miles from some other movie makers, the Coen brothers of St. Louis Park.  

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