Honors For "Hustle & Flow" Top Off A Banner Year For Hip-Hop Flicks
Led by Terrance Howard's Golden Globe-nominated performance, the cast also included Anthony Anderson, Elise Neal, Paula Jai Parker and Ludacris, among others.
Hustle and Flow, which was independently produced by John Singleton and later bought by Paramount for $9 million, was the most critically-acclaimed Hip-Hop film of year. But 2005 was a big year for hip-hop throughout Hollywood.
50 Cent proved, once again, that his favorite pastimes are avoiding death, creating controversy and making money, as his semi-autobiographical Get Rich or Die Tryin' grossed over $60 million at the box office.
Ludacris dove into serious drama last year with his role as a car thief who complains about racial profiling, in one of 2005 best films, Crash. He followed that performance with one a little closer to home, playing a Southern rapper in Hustle and Flow.
On of the South's resident lyrical geniuses, Andre 3000, showed us that music wasn't his only forte, staring in the box office hits Be Cool and Four Brothers.
Damon Dash held it down on the production side with State Property 2, which featured the usual Roc-A-Fella/Diplomats cast.
And finally, while hip-hop always claims to be "real," you can't get much realer than a documentary. David LaChapelle's Rize artistically captured the L.A. dance phenomenon known as krumping and became one of 2005's unexpected hits.