Saturday, 25 February 2012
Tonight it's the other, better awards ceremony of the year: the 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards, honouring talent and newcomers from the lower budget indie world of cinema and where the majority of the best films reside. Instead of live blogging the Oscars this year (no Natalie induced giddy tension...though she is presenting the Best Actor award so I better keep a sly eye on things) I've decided to focus on its baby brother instead, in so many regards. Always held the Saturday before the Oscars, the Spirit Awards go by the same categories but the winners are not so cynically clear cut. It helps that the nominees are significantly better, plus the whole event is held in a tent. I also really like the trophy the winners get. I like how they put a bird on it.
Here's a run through of this year's nominees - I'll be updating the winners LIVE as they come in. *rolls up sleeves*
Best International Film
Boooo - A Separation will win Best Foreign Film at the Oscars tomorrow, why not give some love to one of the other films? Cough, Shame, cough.
John Cassavettes Award (Best Feature made for under $500,000)
Er, good on Pariah for winning. Whatever it is. Haven't heard of half the films in this category, I must admit! I was supposed to watch Bellflower at the LFF but decided to go home as I was falling asleep in the previous film, so I would have kicked myself if that had won!
Best First Screenplay
Surprise win for 50/50 though it does manage the perfect balance of tragi-comedy expertly. Gutted for Another Earth though - can't see it winning anything now.
Best First Feature
It's an outrage! How did Martha Marcy May Marlene not win? I'm sure Margin Call is a perfectly fine film an'all, but is it really going to go down as a cult classic, an indie gem? I don't think so.
Best Supporting Actress
Shailene Woodley, The Descendants
I think I was a little bit sick. Have I totally missed something with this film that everyone else was able to see?! At least she's not up for an Oscar.
Best Supporting Actor
Christopher Plummer, Beginners
Christopher Plummer's going to have a house full of awards by the end of this season! He wins again for his late outage in Beginners.
Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn
Noooooo - I so wanted Elizabeth Olsen to win it! Nothing against Michelle Williams, she is the image of Marilyn, and she hasn't got a chance in hell tomorrow so I suppose that's something. But still - MMMM!
Jean Dujardin, The Artist
Not too shabby for Mr Dujardin! Can he win the big one tomorrow though? That's the big question. Would have LOVED to have seen Michael Shannon win though... is it wrong to secretly wish films like The Artist didn't qualify for the Spirits?
Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon & Jim Rash, The Descendants
Let's just all pretend that didn't happen. If there's no distinction between original and adapted here, then why not pick the best story? The Descendants isn't.
Michael Hazanavicius, The Artist
Another win for The Artist - I think Hazanavicius will take the golden statue tomorrow, too. Even sharing of the honours with The Descendants this evening... but who will win Best Film?
Best Feature Film
And that's it - Best Film goes to The Artist! No sudden and wonderful surprise victory for Take Shelter, unfortunately. I think we're all going to have to resign ourselves to the fact that The Artist is the showstopper at this year's awards season and it'll be a miracle if anything can beat it. But, y'know, it is damn lovely.
And that's a wrap. I have to say I'm a little disappointed - a lot of love for 'mainstream' hits this year and amazing films such as Take Shelter, Martha Marcy May Marlene, Another Earth and Drive go away empty handed. They're not going to have the opportunity to win prizes again, so why not honour them here? Slight grump. Still, there's nothing stopping you guys out there from going out and watching these films - and so you absolutely should. Catch all the reaction to tonight's awards here, and remember it's the Oscars tomorrow, 3am UK time so get the coffee pot on early, gallons of sugar. I wonder who will win...