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Rooney caps Mara's super week

Rooney Mara stars in the movie

Rooney Mara stars in the movie "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," directed by David Fincher and released by Columbia Pictures on Dec. 21, 2011. Photo Credit: Anders Lind�n Photo/

When Lawrence Tynes' 31-yard field goal split the uprights in overtime Sunday night, members of the Giants' front office loudly celebrated in the back of the Candlestick Park press box.

Among them was Chris Mara, the team's VP for player evaluation. He then went down to the locker room for the celebration, where among the many other celebrating Maras were his two actress daughters, Kate and Rooney.

Pretty good day for the Mara family!

Then, less than 36 hours later, came this: Rooney learned Tuesday morning she had been nominated for a Best Actress Academy Award for her star-making role in "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo."

No bigee. My daughter aced her role in the fall high school play. Take that, Chris!

Anwyay, it will be an interesting February for Chris, at the center of the two entertainment events that still more than any others bring together a splintered America: the Super Bowl on the 5th, the Oscars on the 26th.

Of course, Ms. Mara's film has nothing to do with sports even though she is very much from the sports world.

But it was a big day for a sports film, too, when the nominations were released.

"Moneyball" was tabbed for Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor.

The film has little chance of winning and joining the likes of "Rocky," "Chariots of Fire" and "Million Dollar Baby" as sports flicks to win Best Picture.

But being recognized with a nomination was an accomplishment for the film, which had trouble getting made.

It is believed to be the first film about on-base percentage ever nominated for Best Picture.

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