When this year's Oscar nominations were announced last month, all of the expected contenders and hit films were represented, with 'The King's Speech,''Black Swan,''The Social Network,''True Grit,''Toy Story 3' and 'Inception' each earning Best Picture nods.

But among those Goliaths was one movie that even many Oscar watchers had probably never seen: 'Winter's Bone,' an indie drama that has made a scant $6 million since its release last summer -- and which now, thanks to its four Academy Awards nominations, has suddenly lept from obscurity to gain instant nationwide attention.
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