Indie Spirits preview Oscars: ’12 Years a Slave’ wins 5, McConaughey, Blanchett, Leto

Saturday’s Indie Spirit Awards offered an unprecedented preview of Sunday’s Oscars. “12 Years a Slave” won Best Picture, Supporting Actress (Lupita Nyongo) and Adapted Screenplay here as it is predicted to do on Sunday. While the film also claimed Best Director (Steve McQueen) and Cinematography, it is not expected to repeat in those races at the Oscars. (See full list of winners here.)

All four Oscar frontrunners for acting — leads Matthew McConaughey (“Dallas Buyers Club“) and Cate Blanchett (“Blue Jasmine“) and supporting players Jared Leto (“Dallas Buyers Club”) and Lupita Nyongo (“12 Years a Slave”) — picked up prizes here as well.

And the Spirits pick for Best Documentary — “20 Feet from Stardom” — is predicted to prevail again on Sunday. 

“Blue is the Warmest Color” won Best International Film. It was ineligible for the foreign-language category at the Oscars as it did not open in its native France before the deadline. 

The academy snubbed “Fruitvale Station” which won Best First Feature. However, Best First Screenplay winner Bob Nelson (“Nebraska“) is in contention on Sunday for his original script; however, that Oscar race looks like it is between “American Hustle” and “Her.”

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