TOWSON, Md. (WJZ) — The Academy Awards boasted a lot of excitement this year, but you may not know that one of the Oscar-nominate films has a local tie.

‘Whiplash,’ nominated five for five Academy Awards, has a tie to Baltimore.

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According to WJZ media partner The Baltimore Sun, the title song was written by Baltimore-born jazz legend, the late Hank Levy. He was the director of jazz studies and founded the jazz orchestra at Towson.

Levy died in 2001 at 73 years old.

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Jim McFalls currently oversees the jazz program at Towson, and says the film is opposite from the jazz vibrancy Levy’s song was about.

“I’d hate for [audiences] to think that [Fletcher] was based on Hank Levy. My encounters with him over the years were nothing of the kind. He was demanding, but never once did I see any kind of disrespect,” McFalls said to The Sun.

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Read the full story on The Baltimore Sun.