Ryde actress in Oscar nomination

RYDE actress Courtney Powell has appeared in an Australian film nominated for an Oscar Award.

Titled ‘Twelfth Round’ the film is directed by Nir Shelter and was nominated for best live action short film by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
It tells the story of a boxer whose pregnant wife’s lymphoma medicine is canceled and he is forced to illegally procure the medication from a pharmaceutical company.
“This has been my biggest accolade to date and I couldn’t be more thrilled and proud to have been a part of such an exceptional film, featuring First Nations actors,” Courtney Powell said.
Since she first appeared in The Weekly Times several years ago, Courtney Powell’s star has risen at home and abroad and includes comedy, drama and now cheerleading.
“I am a part of a cheerleading team called The Wildcats, and we just won the AASCF State Championships!
Working with Jordy Sunderland, our choreographer, has been amazing, and taking out the title was such an honour.
“This year it was a virtual competition, and whilst sending in a video rather than performing live was a little different (to say the least!), we still had a fantastic time!
“The national competition will be held virtually too, so the team and I will be polishing our routine until the end of November.”
Courtney recently starred in the film “Ruby’s Choice” alongside Golden Globe and Emmy Award winner Jane Seymour.
“It was such a great experience working on this film particularly with all the challenges that COVID-19 has presented,” she said.
“I’m so proud of this film, and how it highlights dementia, and those it affects, in such a thoughtful, important way.”