Peter Bart: Awards Season Boosts Indies’ Box Office Muscle As Franchise Revenue Sags

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Study the ad campaigns emblazoned across the media this week and you realize the degree to which the specialty film business operates in a different universe than Hollywood's sequels-and- remakes grind. And the crowning irony is that, while Hollywood's numbers go down, the indie business is going up. With a boost from the award shows, the specialty pictures that dominate attention this week essentially violate all the rules of studio commerce: no spectacle, no stars, no…