Hustle & Flow opened to critical acclaim, won the 2005 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award and earned star Terrence Howard a Golden Globe and Academy Award nomination for best actor.
Update 3/5/06: Congratulations to the Hustle & Flow crew - "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp", from the Hustle & Flow soundtrack, has won an Academy Award for Best Original Song!
Could it have been the music? Well, perhaps the acting and directing had something to do with it as well, but Yellow Dog Records artists play prominent roles in the film's music. The film score was composed by Scott Bomar and performed by the Bo-Keys, and songs by Mark Lemhouse and Calvin Newborn also appear in the film. In this article, Singleton enthuses: "To have these classic musicians is the icing on the cake to shooting a little movie in Memphis. You couldn't do it anywhere else in the world." This article also describes more about the the Bo-Keys' role in the film score.
We’ll post more details as they become available - the full list from the Blues Foundation is posted here. Congratulations to Big Joe and The Bo-Keys!
- More details and sound samples