"On Tuesday morning, 'The Holdovers,' showcasing a crucial scene filmed on the Worcester Common, garnered notable recognition from the Oscars."

"'The Holdovers' secured nominations in the categories of Best Film, Best Actor (Paul Giamatti), Best Supporting Actress (Da’Vine Joy Randolph), and Best Original Screenplay (David Hemingson)."

This marks Giamatti's second nomination for an Academy Award.

His initial nomination occurred in 2005 for Best Supporting Actor in "Cinderella Man."

In "The Holdovers," Giamatti portrays the character Paul Hunham, a feared and disliked teacher of ancient history at the fictional all-boys New England prep school, Barton Academy.

The story unfolds during the Christmas break in the year 1970.

This marks Randolph's inaugural Academy Award nomination. In the film, she embodies the character Mary Lamb, the head cook at the school, who is grief-stricken by the loss of her son in Vietnam.

This also represents the initial Oscar nomination for Hemingson, who, similar to Giamatti, hails from New Haven, Connecticut.

Although the majority of the film was shot in the buildings and on the campus of St. Mark’s School in Southborough during the spring of 2022, Worcester becomes the setting for a pivotal scene where a teacher and a troubled student form a bond, and a closely guarded secret about Hunham’s past is unveiled.

Captured on February 26, 2022, the significant scene set in Worcester for "The Holdovers" was initially planned for Boston. However, director Alexander Payne expressed in an interview with the T&G that year that he appreciated what Worcester had to offer.