An Oscar nomination can boost a fledgling career or save a flagging one.
Halfway around the world in Pakistan, there are indications that it may also potentially help save thousands of lives.
Filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy's Oscar-nominated documentary short, "A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness," tells the story of Saba Qaiser, a young woman who survived her father and uncle's attempt to murder her in what is known in Pakistan as an "honor killing."
Qaiser, now 19, had married a man against her family's wishes. Shortly after the wedding, Qaiser's father and uncle found her, took her to a riverbank, shot her in the head, stuffed her in a...