Actress Amy Morton, who grew up in Oak Park and graduated from Oak Park and River Forest High School, won’t be attending the Oscar ceremony this Sunday, even though she has a prominent role in Up in the Air, one of the Best Picture nominees, during which she manages to steal a couple of scenes from George Clooney (she plays his sister).

We know she won’t be in Hollywood because the New York Times featured Morton in their Chicago section on Sunday, Feb. 21, during which she expressed her deep aversion to the red carpet. The writer described her as “a game, if slightly cagey, interview subject” and a “workhorse, who has made her name as a tireless, wholly unselfish performer.”

She started out with the St. Nicholas Theater Company in Chicago, followed by 15 years with Remains Theater Company, then joined Steppenwolf in 1997, playing roles in 33 productions, including the very successful August: Osage County for the past two years.

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