Mindy Kaling walked away with IMDb’s popular “Fan Favorite” STARmeter Award this week. Kaling accepted the award in the IMDb celebrity video studio, located within Acura Festival Village at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. The award was given to Kaling by Col Needham, Founder and CEO of IMDb.
Each year the IMDb STARmeter Award recognizes entertainment industry luminaries who are fan favorites on the IMDbPro STARmeter chart, which is determined by the pageviews of the more than 250M monthly visitors to IMDb worldwide.
It’s no surprise that Kaling rose up the STARmeter charts last year, the actor was featured in both “Ocean’s Eight” and Disney’s “A Wrinkle in Time.” Gary Ross directed “Ocean’s Eight” for Warner Bros. Pictures, and the female-led caper made over $41M on opening weekend. The film also featured Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Rihanna, Helena Bonham Carter, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, and Dakota Fanning and went on to make over $297M worldwide for the studio. “A Wrinkle in Time” made over $33M on opening weekend before grossing $132M worldwide. That project also starred Storm Reid, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Zach Galifianakis, and Michael Pena. “A Wrinkle in Time” was directed by Ava DuVernay.
Kaling is also a writer and producer, best known for her work on “The Office” and “The Mindy Project.” She wrote, produced and stars in the film “Late Night,” which is making its world premiere tonight at the Sundance Film Festival. That project was directed by Nisha Ganatra, and stars Emma Thompson, Megalyn Echikunwoke, Amy Ryan, Mindy Kaling, and John Lithgow. The film could be heading your way if an interested studio picks it up after tonight’s premiere.
In the past, the IMDb STARmeter award has gone to Bill Skarsgård, Sam Rockwell, Tatiana Maslany, Brie Larson, Felicity Jones, Olivia Wilde, Bryce Dallas Howard, Peter Dinklage, and Miles Teller.