Shawn Christensen, the former frontman of New York indie rock band Stellastarr*, is an Oscar winner after picking up an Academy Award for his film Curfew.
The director/writer picked up the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film, joining a list of winners on the night that included Quentin Tarantino, Ang Lee and Daniel Day-Lewis. Curfew tells the story of a depressed man who is asked to take care of his young niece, and sees Christensen play the lead role as well as writing and directing the movie.
Speaking to the Poughkeepsie Journal about Curfew‘s nomination, Christensen said: “It feels surreal. I’m not sure that it screams ‘Oscar movie’ or anything. It’s not a world-issue movie; it doesn’t have any social or topical issues. It’s a simple movie about a person babysitting his niece for the evening.” Christensen has focused on his film career since moving away from music and wrote the 2011 movie Abduction starring Taylor Lautner.
Stellastarr* released three albums between 2003-2009 and are currently on an indefinite hiatus. Best known for their tracks ‘Jenny’ and ‘My Coco’, the band have toured with Jane’s Addiction, The Raveonettes, Placebo, The Killers, and Editors.
Other winners at last night’s Oscars, hosted by Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane, included Daniel Day-Lewis, who became the first man to win the Best Actor prize three times after picking up this year’s statuette for his performance in Lincoln. Jennifer Lawrence won the Best Actress award for her performance in Silver Linings Playbook, while Ben Affleck’s political thriller Argo was named Best Film.