CINCINNATI -- The Queen City watched the 73rd annual Golden Globes closely on Sunday night hoping the film "Carol" shot entirely here in 2014 would receive some love.
Alas, the movie starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, that received five nominations, including best dramatic picture, won none. The evenings big winner in the best dramatic picture category was "The Revenant" starring Leonardo DiCaprio.
Director Todd Haynes' film, depicting a lesbian romance set in 1950s New York, had been nominated for best director; best actress, drama (for both Blanchett and Mara); and best original score. "Carol," based on the novel “The Price of Salt” by Patricia Highsmith, details a love affair between an unhappily married wealthy woman (Blanchett) and a retail clerk (Mara).
"Carol," which wrapped filming here in 2014, sparked a swing in momentum for the local movie industry, led by the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Film Commission. Production companies have since selected Cincinnati as a primary filming location for eight movies: "Miles Ahead" (spring/summer 2014); "A Kind of Murder" (fall 2014); "The Fits" (late 2014); "Goat" (spring 2015); "The Long Home" (spring 2015); "Marauders" (summer/fall 2015); "A Christmas Melody" (fall 2015); and "Tiger" (fall 2015).
Kristen Schlotman, executive director of the film commission, said "Carol" snagging multiple Golden Globe nominations, and hopefully Academy Award nominations when they are announced on Jan. 14, will only draw more out-of-state productions here. Schlotman said the region could see two more films, and possibly a television series, shooting here in the first quarter of 2016.
Three of the other movies filmed here in 2014 and 2015 also could further fuel local momentum. The Don Cheadle-directed "Miles Ahead," James Franco's "Goat" and small independent film "The Fits" will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. Sundance selected "Miles Ahead," a film portraying part of the life of jazz legend Miles Davis, as a spotlight feature film. The film will open in wide release across the country on April 1.
Schlotman and the film commission plan to go to Park City, Utah, where Sundance is scheduled Jan. 21-31, to promote the region to a wider array of production companies.