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Oscar nomination for film about Missouri activist Franks

(AP) — A documentary about Missouri activist and former state lawmaker Bruce Franks Jr. of St. Louis is up for an Oscar.

The film, called “St. Louis Superman,” is one of five finalists for Documentary Short Subject. The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences announced the nomination Monday.

Franks Jr. attracted attention during protests after the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson in 2014. He served two terms in the Missouri House before resigning last spring, citing mental health struggles and personal losses from gun violence.

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