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Plot, Details & Awards

Hustle & Flow

Rated R for sex and drug content, pervasive language and some violence.

R In Theaters 07/22/2005 , 114min.
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Plot & Details

One man's struggle to rise above his circumstances prompts him to try a career in music in this acclaimed drama from writer and director Craig Brewer. Djay (Terrence Howard) is a low-level pimp and drug dealer who scraped together a living in the ghettos of Memphis, TN. Djay isn't happy with his life, and the realization that he's reached the same age when his father unexpectedly died has made him start thinking about changing his ways. Djay has always had a gift for spinning stories, and after picking up a cheap keyboard, he begins picking out beats to go along with his rhymes. After bumping into an old high-school buddy who works in gospel music, Key (Anthony Anderson), Djay decided to take the plunge and remake himself as a rapper. With the technical know-how of Key and the musical input of a local beat maker named Shelby (DJ Qualls), Djay begins turning his way with words and his first-hand knowledge of the street life into music, as his two live-in girlfriends, Lexus (Paula Jai Parker) and Shug (Taraji P. Henson), add their musical input and emotional support and Nola (Taryn Manning) continues to turn tricks to pay the bills. When local boy-turned-nationwide hip-hop star Skinny Black (Ludacris) comes to town to pay a visit to Arnel (Isaac Hayes), a club owner friendly with Djay, he sees an opportunity to put his demo in the hands of someone who can bring his music to the masses, though it turns out to be far more difficult than he expected. Hustle & Flow had its world premiere at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival, where it received a number of rave reviews and took home the Audience Award.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2005 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Actor Terrence Howard Nominated
2005 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Song Won
2005 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Song Jordan Houston Won
2005 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Song Cedric Coleman Won

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2005 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama Terrence Howard Nominated

Broadcast Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2005 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Song Terrence Howard Won
2005 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Actor Terrence Howard Nominated

Chicago Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2005 Chicago Film Critics Association Most Promising Performer Chris "Ludacris" Bridges Nominated
2005 Chicago Film Critics Association Most Promising Director Craig Brewer Nominated
2005 Chicago Film Critics Association Best Actor Terrence Howard Nominated

Independent Spirit Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2005 Independent Spirit Awards Best Actor Terrence Howard Nominated

National Board of Review

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2005 National Board of Review Breakthrough Performance by an Actor Terrence Howard Won
2005 National Board of Review Special Mention for Excellence in Filmmaking Won

Online Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2005 Online Film Critics Association Breakthrough Filmmaker Craig Brewer Nominated
2005 Online Film Critics Association Best Actor Terrence Howard Nominated

Phoenix Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2005 Phoenix Film Critics Association Breakout Performance of the Year - On Screen Terrence Howard Won
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