I'm merely scratching the surface, but as we near Oscar Award Sunday, here are a few New Jersey natives who have taken home the hardware - Eva Marie Saint (On the Waterfront) from Newark; Frank Sinatra (From Here to Eternity) from Hoboken; Jack Nicholson (One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest, Terms of Endearment, As Good as It Gets) from Neptune City; Meryl Streep (Iron Lady, Sophie's Choice, Kramer vs. Kramer) from Summit; Joe Pesci (Goodfellas) from Newark; Kevin Spacey (The Usual Suspects, American Beauty) from South Orange; Thomas Mitchell (Stagecoach) from Elizabeth; Teresa Wright (Mrs. Miniver) from Maplewood; Rod Steiger (In the Heat of the Night) from Newark; Linda Hunt (The Year of Living Dangerously) from Morristown; Michael Douglas (Wall Street) from New Brunswick; Susan Sarandon (Dead Man Walking) from Edison; Mira Sorvino (Mighty Aphrodite) from Tenafly; Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables) from Millburn; and Bruce Springsteen (Philadelphia - Best Original Song) from Long Branch and Freehold.

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