Newcomers in the Mecca of Fame and Fortune

Hollywood newcomers receive award show recognition for their work in independent films


The Flordia project (left) and Call Me By Your Name (right) official promotion posters.

The 2018 award show nominations praise the work of young actors for their roles in independent films, who, nominated alongside A-listers, showcases the next generation of Hollywood stars.

By the age of seven, Brooklyn Prince has starred alongside Willem Dafoe in the A24 film, “The Florida Project,” and won the 2018 Critics’ Choice Award for Best Young Actor/Actress.

Prince’s breakout role as Moonee, the daughter of a drug addicted, prostitute mother who lives in a motel outside of Walt Disney World, beautifully captures her childhood innocence while the instability of her home life means a continuous cycle of being on the brink of homelessness, loss of friendships, and Child Protective Services.

The setting being on the outskirts of Walt Disney World symbolizes this cycle that her home life prevents her from living a fantasy childhood, yet her positive outlook and mischievous demeanor creates a makeshift fantasy.

Fellow independent film, “Call Me By Your Name,” stars twenty-two-year-old Timothée Chalamet as Elio, the son of a professor in Italy who engages in a romantic relationship with his father’s mentee, Oliver, played by Armie Hammer.

Chalamet’s portrayal of Elio’s coming-of-age with his sexuality captures audiences with the simplicity of his demeanor and youthful ignorance in the face of adult relationships. Resulting in his nomination at the 2018 Golden Globes for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama, though facing a sad loss to Gary Oldman.

Amongst his rising success, Chalamet is engulfed in controversy for working with director Woody Allen on the movie, “A Rainy Day in New York,” alongside Selena Gomez. Allen’s continued accusations of sexual assault has prompted Chalamet to donate his salary from the film to Time’s Up and fellow organizations.

Both Hollywood newcomers are using their platform to create continuously great work that shows raw and heartful coming-of-age stories which targets issues of poverty, sexuality, and abuse, and helping distinguish these independent films in mainstream media.

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