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Independent Spirit Awards Results!

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Guess who came out on top.

The Indie Spirit Awards were announced tonight, just a day ahead of the Oscars. Let’s just run down the results real quick.

Best Feature Film:

  • Birdman, or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance
  • Boyhood
  • Love is Strange
  • Selma
  • Whiplash

That pretty much seals Best Picture at this point.

I’m cool with that.

Best Director:

  • Damien Chazelle, Whiplash
  • Ava DuVernary, Selma
  • Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu, Birdman
  • Richard Linklater, Boyhood
  • David Zellner, Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter

And Director.

Still cool with it, though I would rather anyone else on this list have won (I really can’t wait to see Kumiko).

Best Screenplay:

  • Big Eyes
  • Love is Strange
  • A Most Violent Year
  • Nightcrawler
  • Only Lovers Left Alive

Great choice (A Most Violent Year would’ve been a good pick, too). It won’t win the Oscar, sadly, but it’s a great script and Gilroy should be very happy with how this all turned out.

Best First Feature:

  • Dear White People
  • A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
  • Nightcrawler
  • Obvious Child
  • She’s Lost Control

Obviously not the choice I would’ve made, but it’s still a great film.

Best First Screenplay:

  • Appropriate Behavior
  • Dear White People
  • Little Accidents
  • The One I Love
  • She’s Lost Control

Damn right it is.

Really want to see Appropriate Behavior.

Best Female Lead:

  • Marion Cotillard, The Immigrant
  • Rinko Kikuchi, Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter
  • Julianne Moore, Still Alice
  • Jenny Slate, Obvious Child
  • Tilda Swinton, Only Lovers Left Alive

I thought about seeing Still Alice this weekend. I just couldn’t work up much interest.

Anyway, Moore has this in the bag. I was rooting for Kikuchi, but…there’s always my awards (since I’m considering it eligible for 2015 instead).

Best Male Lead:

  • André Benjamin, Jimi: All is By My Side
  • Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler
  • Michael Keaton, Birdman
  • John Lithgow, Love is Strange
  • David Oyelowo, Selma

This race is gonna be down to the wire. The frontrunner (Eddie Redmayne) wasn’t nominated here, but his main competition won. So this category is totally up for grabs.

Best Supporting Female:

  • Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
  • Jessica Chastain, A Most Violent Year
  • Carmen Ejogo, Selma
  • Andrea Suarez Paz, Stand Clear of the Closing Doors
  • Emma Stone, Birdman

No question about this one.

Best Supporting Male:

  • Riz Ahmed, Nightcrawler
  • Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
  • Alfred Molina, Love is Strange
  • Edward Norton, Birdman
  • J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

Or this one.

Best Cinematography:

  • Birdman
  • A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
  • The Immigrant
  • It Felt Like Love
  • Selma

Enjoy the second Oscar, Chivo.

Best Editing:

  • Boyhood
  • The Guest
  • A Most Violent Year
  • Nightcrawler
  • Whiplash

Now, this is interesting. Boyhood is generally considered the frontrunner for this award, but here we have Whiplash sneaking in–just like it did at the BAFTAs. Granted, Boyhood wasn’t nominated there, but still, Whiplash has definite momentum here.

Best Documentary:

  • The Salt of the Earth
  • Stray Dog
  • 20,000 Days on Earth
  • Virunga

I’m really wondering what Laura Poitras’ acceptance speech will be like.

Best International Film:

  • Force Majeure
  • Ida
  • Leviathan
  • Mommy
  • Norte, the End of History
  • Under the Skin

So this will probably win the Oscar. But Leviathan is right there.

Still need to see Norte.

John Cassavetes Award (for films made for under $500,000):

  • Blue Ruin
  • It Felt Like Love
  • Land Ho!
  • Man from Reno
  • Test

Cool, cool.

Well, looks like things are coming together for Oscar night. Can’t say it’s been the best awards season ever, but when you love movies like I do, it doesn’t really matter.


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