Oscar Impact: Two Indie Films

The Oscar's effects are particularly noticeable for the specialized art-house and small indie films. In 1999, some of the Oscar favorites included Miramax's “The Cider House Rules,” which won Screenplay (Adapted) and Supporting Actor for Michael Caine, and Fox Searchlight's “Boys Don't Cry,” for which Hilary Swank won Best Actress.

These two films also benefited form their win; both saw a box-office boost after the Oscar telecast. “The Cider House Rules” collected $309,000 on Monday, up 35 percent from the Monday before, and “Boys Don't Cry” receipts roughly doubled to an impressive $136,000.