Passing on this note from Preston Johnson:
Awards season is heating up, and some of the critics' lists are coming out. Unlike the Spirit Awards, they mostly ignore the Memphis movies "Hustle and Flow" and "Forty Shades of Blue." Too bad.
However, Terrence Howard is getting some well-deserved notice for his big year of 4 movies ("H&F", "Crash," "Four Brothers" and "Get Rich or Die Tryin' ").
The L.A. Film Critics Association gave their "New Generation" award to him.
And the New York Film Critics Online gave him their "Breakthrough Performer" award. Go here and here.
Also, the Broadcast Film Critics announced their nominations: 3 (!) for Howard (2 for H&F, 1 for "Crash"), and 4 noms for "Walk the Line."
But there's no mention of H&F, FSOB or WTL in the AFI Awards (which lists the top ten movies only).
I'm sure the Memphis movies will do better in the Oscars, the Golden Globes, etc.!