JR poses with a cutout of his collaborator, French filmmaker Agnes Varda, at the Annual Academy Awards Nominee Luncheon at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, February 5.
AFP / Robyn Beck
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Documentarian Agnes Varda is not only the oldest person ever nominated for an Academy Award, she's the first woman to receive an honorary Oscar and a competitive nomination in the same season.Varda shares the Oscar nod with her co-director, urban artist JR, and her daughter, Rosalie Varda, who produced the film."Faces Places" was inspired by the elder Varda's connection with JR, a 34-year-old street artist known for installing massive portraits on real-world landscapes – a boy peering over a border wall in Mexico, say, or a pair of giant eyes on a pair of water tanks.Varda said they spent more than a year and a half making the film, diligently shooting one week a month.In November, Varda danced with Angelina Jolie at the film academy's Governors Awards, where the French New Wave pioneer received an honorary Academy Award recognizing her decades of filmmaking.
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