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01/10/2013 03:19 pm ET

Jennifer Siebel Newsom Oscar Nomination: 'The Invisible War' Up For Best Documentary

It's been a good week for Jennifer Siebel Newsom.

First there was the news of her pregnancy, her third with her husband, California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom. And now, her film "The Invisible War," an investigation of rape within the U.S. military, has been nominated for an Oscar for best documentary feature.

"Amazing news!" tweeted Siebel Newsom following the announcement.

Siebel Newsom was an executive producer for the film, which has already received considerable recognition, including an Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival.

"We are honored to have been a part of such an important film," Siebel Newsom told The Huffington Post with fellow executive producer Regina Kulik Scully. "Our hope is that this recognition will ultimately benefit the survivors, support the healing process for those currently suffering in silence, and make profound systemic changes throughout our society."

The film profiles several U.S. soldiers who detailed horrifying stories of rape and sexual assault in the military. According to the New York Times, the Defense Department estimated that 22,800 violent sex crimes were committed in the military in 2011 alone. "The Invisible War" also calculated that one in five female soldiers has been the victim of sexual assault.

The film's famed director, Kirby Dick, has become a leading documentarian over the past decade. Dick was also nominated for an Oscar in 2005 for his documentary "Twist of Faith," and a GLAAD Media Award for "This Film is Not Yet Rated" in 2007.

Watch the trailer for "The Invisible War" below. And congratulations Jennifer Siebel Newsom!

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