5 local Dayton ties to 2016 Academy Awards, Grammys

Awards season is upon us at last, and this year, we in Dayton have more than a few reasons to tune into the Grammys and the Academy Awards.

Even if you're not a movie or music buff, we always encourage an excuse to cheer on our fellow Daytonians. The 58th annual Grammy Awards and the 88th annual Academy Awards each have several nominees with Dayton-area ties, presented below. This list will be updated as we learn of more local nominees hoping for a gold statuette or Gramophone this season.


MORGAN TAYLOR, singer/songwriter

Gustafer Yellowgold
Dayton native Morgan Taylor was nominated for a "Best Children's Album" 2016 Grammy for his "Gustafer Yellowgold: Dark Pie Concerns" CD/DVD. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Nominated for: "Best Children's Album" for  2015's Gustafer Yellowgold: Dark Pie Concerns CD/DVD

Quick bio: A Kettering native now residing in New York City, Taylor played in several bands through the 1980s and '90s, including Dayton-based Glee and Beak, OO OO WA, and Mink. Taylor moved to New York in 1999, honing his songwriting through workshops and projects. He created the musical animantion project Gustafer Yellowgold in 2003, with his first album out in 2005, and has opened for such bands as Wilco and the Polyphonic Spree. 

> > > Daytonian of the Week: Morgan Taylor < < < 

TROY HAYES, singer/songwriter

Troy Hayes
Englewood resident Troy Hayes and his group Vocally Challenged are nominated for a "Best A Cappella" 2016 Grammy. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Nominated for: "Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella" with his group, Vocally Challenged, for their mash-up "Bruno Mars." Hear him sing lead at the start of the track for the "Uptown Funk" portion.


Quick musical bio: The Englewood resident/Wright State University graduate is an associate producer and songwriter for the Detroit-based songwriting and production team PAJAM, whose producers/writers and singers make up Vocally Challenged. He toured as a teen and young adult with his father's contemporary Christian group, New Harvest, which was nominated for three Dove Awards. An album, "Vocally Challenged: Singers Challenge" is slated for release in February.

> > > Englewood resident up for Grammy nomination < < <


Anthony Brown and Group TherAPy
Dayton native Tamika Caldwell and her group Anthony Brown and Group TherAPy is up for a "Best Gospel Song/Performance" 2016 Grammy. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Nominated for: "Best Gospel Song/Performance" with group Anthony Brown and Group TherAPy for their song "Worth (live)".


Quick musical bio: D.C resident Caldwell grew up in Dayton, and started singing in church at the Mt. Olive Baptist Church on Pontiac Street. A Col. White High School for the Arts alumna, she joined Anthony Brown and Group TherAPy as a singer eight years ago.

> > > Dayton native sings on Grammy-nominated song < < < 

The 58th annual Grammy Awards will air on Feb. 16 at 8 p.m. on CBS. See the list of all nominees via grammy.com.


RANDY THOM, WYSO alum/sound engineer

Randy Thom
Former WYSO program director and current Skywalker Sound director of sound design Randy Thom is nominated for a 2016 for "Best Sound Design" on "The Revenant." CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Nominated for: "Best Sound Mixing" with Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño and Chris Duesterdiek for "The Revenant" starring Leonardo DiCaprio.


Quick bio: Thom joined WYSO 91.3FM as a volunteer in 1971, then served as program director from 1972 to 1975. He worked at Berkeley, Calif.-based KPFA radio from then to 1978, when he got his start in movie sound on "Apocalypse Now." Thom is a 15-time Academy Award nominee and two-time winner: For "Best Sound" on "The Right Stuff" in 1984 and for "Best Sound Editing" in 2005 for "The Incredibles." He now serves as the director of sound design for Skywalker Sound.

> > > WYSO alum nominated for Oscar < < <

"CAROL," locally filmed drama

Locally filmed "Carol" is up for six 2016 Academy Award nominations. STAFF PHOTO

Nominated for:  "Best Actress in a Leading Role" (Cate Blanchett), "Best Actress in a Supporting Role" (Rooney Mara), "Best Adapted Screenplay" (Phyllis Nagy, from the 1952 novel "A Price of Salt" by Patricia Highsmith), "Best Original Score" (Carter Burwell), "Best Cinematography" (Edward Lachman), and "Best Costume Design" (Sandy Powell).

> > > Local production manager of "Carol" responds to Oscar nominations < < < 


Quick background: The critically acclaimed drama about two women falling in love in 1957 New York City was filmed in parts of Hamilton, Butler, and Warren Counties in 2014, and features local residents as extras. The NEON Theater manager Jonathan McNeal can even be spotted in several scenes. The women of "Carol" are also up for nominations for the 22nd annual Screen Actors Guild Awards: Blanchett for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role; Mara for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role. The Screen Actors Guild Awards air Jan. 30 at 8 p.m. on TNT and TBS.

> > > Five reasons not to miss "Carol" at the Neon < < < 

> > > Locally filmed "Carol" up for six Oscar categories < < <

> > > Gallery: The 88th Oscar awards nominees < < < 

The 88th annual Academy Awards will air Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. on ABC. See the list of all nominees via oscar.go.com.

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