The Academy Award nominations have been announced and a few independent films have made it on the list of top honors. Jennifer Lawrence received a well-deserved Best Actress nod for her portrayal of a teenager searching for her drug-dealing father in Winter's Bone. The film played in a few small art house theaters in Los Angeles, but is so well written, with such strong performances, I hope the nomination sparks new interest in viewers.
Missing any attention but also released in smaller theaters for a nanosecond were Nowhere Boy and Get Low. Nowhere Boy depicts a small slice of the life of John Lennon before he was a Beatle, before he was even a musician. Get Low tells the story of a mysterious hermit (played by Robert Duvall), who has resurfaced to plan his funeral with the nonjudgmental town funeral director (played by Bill Murray). These three films are among the handful/short list for 2010 that have lasting appeal through superb storytelling.