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NC on the awards circuit: More nods for ‘Stranger Things 2’ and ‘Three Billboards’

Here are some of the NC references in “Stranger Things.” Have you caught them all?

The Duffer Brothers, born and raised in Durham, drop quite a few Durham-area references in the Emmy-winning hit sci-fi series “Stranger Things” that they write, direct and produce.
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The Duffer Brothers, born and raised in Durham, drop quite a few Durham-area references in the Emmy-winning hit sci-fi series “Stranger Things” that they write, direct and produce.

The Netflix series “Stranger Things 2,” created by Durham’s Duffer Brothers, has racked up more awards nominations.

On Wednesday, the show picked up four Screen Actors Guild award nominations, including Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series.

Additionally, David Harbour, who plays Sheriff Jim Hopper, and Millie Bobby Brown, who plays Eleven, were each nominated for Outstanding Performance in a Drama Series. The show was also nominated in the stunt ensemble category.

Earlier this week, “Stranger Things 2” picked up two Golden Globe nominations: Best TV Drama Series and another nomination for Harbour.

The Duffer Brothers – Matt and Ross Duffer – grew up in Durham and planted little Durham County references throughout this second season of the series, including mentions of Jordan Lake and the Eno River.

The show is set in Indiana in the 1980s, and the plot revolves around a group of kids who become entangled in a terrifying supernatural mystery with government conspiracy twists.

‘Three Billboards’ also gets nods

The movie “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” which was filmed in and around the Jackson County town of Sylva, N.C., also got four SAG nominations.

The movie was nominated in the Best Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture category. Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell and Frances McDormand all received Outstanding Performance nods (Harrelson and Rockwell for supporting, McDormand for lead).

On Monday, “Three Billboards” earned six Golden Globe nominations. Though filmed in North Carolina, the film is set in Missouri and involves a woman (McDormand) seeking justice for her daughter’s murder.

The movie “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” was filmed in and around the Jackson County town of Sylva, NC.

Brooke Cain: 919-829-4579, @brookecain

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