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Marine Vet Adam Driver Gets His First Oscar Nomination for 'BlacKkKlansman'

Adam Driver stars in the movie "BlacKkKlansman." (Focus Features)

Things are rocking these days for Marine veteran Adam Driver. He knows the ending of Star Wars because he's filmed his scenes as Kylo Ren for the upcoming "Episode IX," sure to be the biggest movie of all time. He's got new movies this year with Jim Jarmusch and Noah Baumbach, the noted indie directors who have given him some of his best roles. And now, he's a Best Supporting Actor nominee for "BlacKkKlansman."

Driver plays Colorado Springs police detective Flip Zimmerman, who collaborates with African-American detective Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) to infiltrate and expose a local branch of the Ku Klux Klan in the 1970s. The movie, based on real events, also got nominations for Best Picture, Best Director (Spike Lee), Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Score (Terence Blanchard) and Best Film Editing for a total of six.

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