3 Kickstarter-Backed Films Earn Oscar Nods

Brian Anthony Hernandez
January 10, 2013

Sprinkled among the high-budget films nominated for Oscars this year are three with humble financial beginnings.

Inocente, Kings Point and Buzkashi Boys got monetary boosts from crowdfunding platform Kickstarter long before the Academy granted them nods at Thursday's nominations event.

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The flicks raised more than $90,000 from 558 backers on Kickstarter. Those projects' creators are just a few of the filmmakers who have raked in $102.7 million in pledges since 2009.

"These are the fourth, fifth and sixth Kickstarter projects to be nominated for Oscars," said Kickstarter in a statement. "Incident in New Baghdad, Sun Come Up and The Barber of Birmingham were all nominated in the past."

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Inocente and Kings Point earned nominations in Best Documentary (Short Subject), while Buzkashi Boys got a nod in Short Film (Live Action).

No Kickstarter project has won an Oscar, but the Kickstarter folks have their "fingers crossed" that one will win this year. Winners of the 85th Academy Awards will be revealed Feb. 24.

The nearly $103 million figure above comes from 891,979 people who helped fund one of 8,567 independent films, features, documentaries, shorts, web series or other video projects.

Inocente Trailer

Kings Point Trailer

Buzkashi Boys Trailer

Amanda Palmer

Goal:$100,000 Pledged:$1,192,793 Singer/songwriter Amanda Palmer spent four years writing a record and putting her band together. Formerly part of the Dresden Dolls duo, Palmer broke away from a major record label to do her own thing. The album, supported by Kickstarter, was the first million-dollar music project on the platform. It debuted in the top 10 of the Billboard Charts a few months later. Image courtesy of Shervin Lainez

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