Tom Cross

Oscars 2015: Indie outside shot 'Whiplash' keeps hitting the mark

From the very first, "Whiplash" has survived and thrived by being the different drummer — philosophically, metaphorically, literally. It's a $3.3-million indie outside shot that somehow keeps hitting the mark. Now it's got five Oscar nominations in its pocket. For an unsparingly tough movie about an aspiring jazz drummer's drive to be great, the journey began a year ago with a shock. At Sundance, where "Whiplash" premiered and producers wondered whether they could sell it, the film closed out the festival with two priceless wins — the audience award and the grand jury prize. The embrace of both filmgoers and peers, the perfect one-two punch....