Bowling Green Native is Academy Award Nominee

By Lori Mitchell | 

Bowling Green resident, Sara Bennett, and the rest of her family will crowd around the television Sunday night, hoping to catch a glimpse of Bennett's daughter Leslie Pope.

Pope, who has worked on the set of dozens of films, is up for Best Art Director for the movie Seabiscuit at this year's Academy Awards.

Pope is a Bowling Green native and graduate of College High. Bennett says Pope’s goal was to become a doctor, but when she didn't get accepted at the medical school of her choice, she and some friends packed their bags and headed to New York. While there, Pope found a job in film editing.

"She said she was excited, but she'd be more excited if she knew she'd walk up there and get that award. She doesn't think she will," Bennett told WBKO.

The Academy Awards will be broadcast Sunday on ABC.