Congratulations to GENERAL HOSPITAL alum Jaime Ray Newman (ex-Kristina), who took home an Oscar for Best Live Action Short Film at the 91st Annual Academy Awards! Together with her husband, Guy Nattiv, she took to the stage to accept the award for their film, Skin, and was clearly over the moon. “We dedicate this to — oh my God! — to our five-month-old baby who’s sitting at home with my parents watching this,” she exclaimed, struggling to form sentences in her excitement. “We hope that you grow up in a world where these things don’t happen because people learn to love and accept each other.”
Skin is a biographical drama written and directed by Nattiv that tells the racially-charged story of a little boy who watches as his father and his friends beat up an African-American man, and then later suffers horrific repercussions when the man and his friends take revenge on the racist father. The couple has also produced a feature film, also named Skin, that is unrelated to the short and instead tells the real-life story of former skinhead Byron Widner and stars Jamie Bell and Vera Farmiga.
Newman joined the cast of GH back in 2002 as Kristina Cassadine, who was the sister of Alexis Davis. Kristina got engaged to Ned Ashton, but died tragically in an explosion et by Luis Alcazar. Alexis named her daughter Kristina after her late sister. After leaving daytime, Newman found success in films like Catch Me If You Can and in primetime with roles on shows like EASTWICK, EUREKA, DROP DEAD DIVA, BATES MOTEL and THE PUNISHER. Skin is the first time she has stepped behind the camera to produce, but she’s already off to a great start!
Looking stunning in her Oscar de la Renta gown, Newman was clearly having a blast at the Academy awards. If you missed the Academy Awards ceremony, you can watch her and her husband’s amazing acceptance speech right here!
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