At the Golden Globes this year, there were a number of A-list stars who received nominations: Leonard DiCaprio for best actor (The Aviator), Uma Thurman for best actress (Kill Bill Vol. 2), Clint Eastwood for best director (Million Dollar Baby). No surprises here: award shows revolve around successful names.
Box office revenue often correlates directly with nominations
which raises an interesting question: who, exactly, is Imelda Staunton? She was nominated for best actress for her work in Vera Drake -- competing against the likes of Nicole Kidman and Renee Zellweger -- but there didnt seem to be one red carpet reporter who knew who she was. And what about Hotel Rwanda? It was up for best picture, but unlike The Aviator or Finding Neverland, Ive never seen it playing at any of the theaters Ive been to. In all of the glitz and glamour of Tinseltown ceremonies, where do these dark horse nominations come from?
The Globes this year reflected a growing trend in the movie industry: public acknowledgement of independent films. Previously restricted to film festivals and cable channels like HBO, independent filmmaking is finally claiming its rightful place in the Hollywood spotlight
and audiences are sitting up and taking notice. Films like The Blair Witch Project and Napoleon Dynamite have shown that it doesnt take a bloated budget to bring in big box office; its not special effects but a good story that draws people to theaters. And big-name stars are giving up their inflated paychecks to be a part of these smaller films, hungry for challenging roles and well-written scripts.