Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Show Stealers? Independent Films May Overshadow Studio Movies in Oscar Nominations

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Show Stealers? Independent Films May Overshadow Studio Movies in Oscar Nominations

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In a major plot twist, Tuesday's Oscar nominations could be an independents day celebration dominated by non-studio films like "Shine" and "The English Patient."

Also to be disclosed in the announcement of Academy Award contenders: whether Madonna nabbed a best actress nod for "Evita," or must she steal a line from the musical and advise her fans not to cry for her.

In the past, Oscar voters have tended toward recognition for big-budget, big-grossing studio releases. But the door has been gradually opening to independent films. In 1995, "Four Weddings and a Funeral" and "Pulp Fiction" shouldered their way in. Last year, "The Postman (Il Postino)" collected a best picture nomination. The trend could grow if members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognize last year's films generating the hottest buzz, films already crowned with other honors. Ruth Vitale, president of Fine Line Features, distributor of "Shine," said: "People are talking about it all the time. . . . Many of the pictures people are thinking will be nominated are independent films. The question is, what does that say about Hollywood?" There is an embarrassment of independent riches to consider, ranging from the distinctly American charms of Gramercy Pictures' "Fargo" and Castle Rock's "Lone Star" to the Australian-made "Shine." Goldwyn's "Big Night," Miramax's "Sling Blade" and "Trainspotting," and October Releasing's "Breaking the Waves" and "Secrets & Lies" also have their share of rumor mill electricity. …

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