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Young Afghan actor’s family proud of Oscar nod

An undated production still photograph from the Oscar-nominated film, "Buzkashi Boys," which was filmed in Kabul, Afghanistan, shows actors Jawanmard Paiz, center, Fawad Mohammadi, right, and director Sam French at work on the set of the film. Jawanmard Paiz was plucked from the dingy streets of the Afghan capital to be one of the main stars of “Buzkashi Boys,” a coming-of-age movie filmed entirely in a war zone. (AP Photo/David Gill, Afghan Film Project)

Relatives of the young Afghan star of “Buzkashi Boys” expressed more pride than disappointment upon learning on Monday that the Oscar-nominated movie didn’t win.

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Afghan street kid heads for the Oscars red carpet

Director Sam French’s photo from his official Twitter account. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

An Afghan street kid is off to Hollywood and the red-carpet treatment at the Oscars— a fairytale ending to a chance encounter that led to a starring role in a movie.

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Afghan boys from nominated film to walk red carpet

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An undated production still photograph from the Oscar-nominated film, "Buzkashi Boys," which was filmed in Kabul, Afghanistan, shows actors Jawanmard Paiz, left, Fawad Mohammadi, center, and director Sam French at work on the set of the film. The actors were plucked from the dingy streets of the Afghan capital to be the main stars of “Buzkashi Boys,” a coming-of-age movie filmed entirely in a war zone and nominated in the Best Live Action Short Film category. The movie is about two penniless young boys _ a street urchin and a blacksmith’s son _ who are best friends and dream of becoming professional players of buzkashi, a brutal, polo-like game in which horseback riders wrangle to get a headless goat carcass into a circular goal at one end of the field. AP Photo/David Gill, Afghan Film Project

Fawad Mohammadi has spent half his life peddling maps and dictionaries to foreigners on a street of trinket shops in Kabul. Now the 14-year-old Afghan boy with bright green eyes is getting ready for a trip down the red carpet at the Oscars.

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