EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – First the Super Bowl, now an Oscar nomination.
It’s been quite a week for Chris Mara, the son of the late owner of the New York Giants, Wellington Mara.
On Sunday, the Giants beat the 49ers in the NFC championship game to earn a berth in the Super Bowl against the New England Patriots on Feb. 5. On Tuesday, his daughter, Rooney Mara, was among the nominees for best actress for “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.”
Mara, the Giants vice-president of player personnel, said the past three days have been surreal.
“Being able to share the victory in San Francisco with all my kids was very special,” he said in an email to The Associated Press. “I’m just glad the 49er faithful did not recognize my 2 daughters Kate and Rooney sitting amongst them because they are a pretty rough crowd on the visitors.
He called the Oscar nomination “very special.
“I was sitting home by myself watching the broadcast and I gave a pretty big yell after I heard her name. Then I cried a little and went to church and lit a few candles on the way to work and called her. Needless to say it’s been an exciting few days.”
Also nominated for best actress are Michelle Williams for “My Week with Marilyn,” Meryl Streep in “The Iron Lady,” Glenn Close for “Albert Nobbs” and Viola Davis for “The Help.”
The Oscar winners will be announced Feb. 26.