Tacoma documentary Oscar winner started life as a rocker

Tacoma News TribuneMarch 2, 2011 

Tumwater native and former Olympia punk rocker is holding Oscar gold today after winning the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature on Sunday night in Hollywood.

Audrey Marrs, a graduate of Tumwater High School and The Evergreen State College, won the Oscar, along with director Charles Ferguson, for their film, “Inside Job,” about what caused the 2008 financial crisis.

The pair had previously been nominated for “No End in Sight: The American Occupation of Iraq.” That 2007 film chronicled the policy choices made by the Bush administration prior to the Iraq War and during the first few months after the invasion.

In a phone interview Tuesday from her Beverly Hills, Calif., hotel room, Marrs, 40, said she was tired but very happy. “I went to bed around 4:30 a.m. (Monday). I don’t really remember how I got there.”

Oprah Winfrey presented their award Sunday night. Marrs said she still can’t quite make sense of the experience. “It was more surreal than anything I had experienced in my life.” She said it took her a second to realize she had won when Winfrey made the announcement.

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