January 22, 2016 at 10:17 am #212398
I can’t remember when so few Independent Spirit award nominations overlapped with Oscar nominations:
Best Picture: Spotlight
Best Director: Tom McCarthy, Spotlight
Best Actor: NONE
Best Actress: Cate Blanchett, Carol; Brie Larson, Room
Best Supporting Actor: NONE
Best Supporting Actress: Jennifer Jason Leigh but for a different film: Anomalisa; and Rooney Mara, but she’s nominated in Female Lead at the Spirits (for Carol)
Best Screenplay: Carol is nominated for Adapted Screenplay and Spotlight is nominated for Original Screenplay
Best First Screenplay: Emma Donaghue is nominated for Adapted Screenplay for Room
Best Cinematography: Ed Lachman for Carol
Best Editing: Spotlight
When was the last time the Spirits had so few eventual Oscar nominees? The only acting category that go the same way as Oscars is Best Actress (:January 22, 2016 at 10:23 am #212400
It’s good though. It’s good because lately, it started to feel as if the Spirit Awards were becoming the Oscars 2.0 or the other way around.January 22, 2016 at 1:09 pm #212401
I find this extremely disappointing as the nominees for tis year’s Indie Spirits were incredibly strong. It does look like a case of Academy members not seeking out these films, and instead only watching the Indie films with significant buzz, like Spotlight and Room, which is great in itself that these films did get substantial buzz. It’s just a shame that the love hasn’t branched out to more films. If all the Academy members watched Beasts of No Nation, both Abraham Attah and Idris Elba woud have surely gotten in. If they had all watched The End of the Tour, Jason Segel would have been in (and if he had been campaigned in the Lead Actor like he was supposed to), as well as Donald Margulies’ screenplay. If Love & Mercy was more widely seen, than you would be looking at some love for Paul Dano and Elizabeth Banks, as well as its incredible sound mixing. I understand that the blockbusters this year have been to a very high standard, but I think that I would like to see more of a balance.January 22, 2016 at 5:04 pm #212402
Yeah, I actually want to praise the Independent Spirit Awards for giving voice to real independent films and not simply falling into lockstep with being “Oscar predictors” as the rest of these award shows do. I’m voting in the awards this year and there’s so many great movies and performances that I never would have seen if it weren’t for this group.
And in hindsight, they have plenty of reason to brag about the diversity of their nominees.January 22, 2016 at 6:03 pm #212403
The nomination process is never the problem for me with the Indie Spirit Awards and Oscar overlap. I think the Indie Spirits always come up with a great group of nominees.
The problem for me is with the Indie Spirit winners. Just about anyone with $100 can become a voter and receive all the screeners. As the awards grow more and more popular we see more of the winners overlap with the Oscars. Last yeae we saw an overlap in the winners with best picture and all four acting categories.January 22, 2016 at 6:36 pm #212404
Hope rooney still wins glad they watched films and put her in lead gave other quite very small films a shine.January 22, 2016 at 9:33 pm #212405
Yeah I love that there is little overlap. Last year indies like The Skeleton Twins, Joe, and Before I Disappear had no shot at earning many nominations because it was flooded with the “indie” Birdman (like come on, how on earth is that an Indie other than the budget). I really hope Jason Segel wins for The End of the Tour because he’ll be much more deserving than our eventual winner at the Oscars (really in any case for the 5). Even if Jennifer Jason Leigh pulls off a win for Anomalisa that’ll be better than most of the options at the Oscars (though Vikander would be pretty deserving). It’s also great to see things like It Follows, The Diary of a Teenage Girl, The End of the Tour, and Me and Earl and the Dying Girl get love when we all know no one else will give them the time of day
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