Taya Kyle attends the opening of 'American Sniper' at the Burke Theater at the US Navy Memorial on Jan. 13, 2015 in Washington, DC.
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‘American Sniper’ widow describes ‘Cinderella’ moment as Oscars guest

“So, I find myself in a surreal position … like Cinderella who scrubs the floors but has a fairy Godmother (Warner Brothers) who got me on a plane and had a dress and jewelry and even the shoes and spanx waiting for me …” Taya Kyle wrote on Facebook just hours before the start of 87th Annual Academy Awards Sunday night. 

Taya, Chris Kyle’s widow, voiced support to those who helped make Best Picture nominee “American Sniper” a representation of “real veteran families.” 

“And so it is. I am here. To represent my husband, military families and the beautiful people who put more than they had to to make this movie happen,” she wrote. 

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In the midst of the Hollywood glitz is a murder trial for Kyle’s accused killer, Eddie Ray Routh. Routh has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity for the Feb. 2, 2013 killings of Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield. Some have voiced concerns that the popularity of the film would sway jurors, though Texas State District Judge Jason Cashon has not prohibited the jury from tuning into the Oscars, according to ABC NewsTaya, who recently delivery a tearful testimony on the witness stand, wrote on Facebook that she “didn’t think I had the energy to show up at the Oscars, let alone be presentable,” adding that she has a red-eye flight to be back for the trial Monday morning when closing arguments will begin. 

Read Taya’s full post here:

Chris Kyle, Movies and Oscars

'American Sniper' widow describes 'Cinderella' moment as Oscars guest