It’s already quite a year for the Siebel/Newsom household, and we’re only 10 days in. Not only are Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and Jennifer Siebel Newsom expecting their “third and last” child in July, but today Siebel Newsom learned a film she executive-produced has been nominated for an Academy Award.

The Invisible War describes itself as “a groundbreaking investigative documentary about one of America’s most shameful and best kept secrets: the epidemic of rape within the U.S. military.” Though I haven’t seen the film myself, those I know who have have raved about it, one telling me this morning that it was “brutal but brilliant.”

When Oscar nominations were announced this morning, The Invisible War was named as one of the five contenders for Best Documentary Picture, up against 5 Broken Cameras, The Gatekeepers, How to Survive a Plague, and Searching for Sugar Man.

Siebel Newsom is one of eight executive Producers of The Invisible War and, according to her bio on the documentary’s site, “is currently in pre-production on her next documentary film.”

Siebel Newsom isn’t the only one with big news in 2013 — as you know, Gavin Newsom’s been freed from his Current TV obligations, much to his reported relief. He’s also releasing a book, Citizenville, which perports to discuss “how ordinary citizens can use new digital tools to dissolve political gridlock and transform American democracy.”

The 2013 Academy Awards will be broadcast on ABC at 4 PM on Sunday, February 24.

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Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at

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