9 items from 2016
You might not have heard about "H.," but the unique picture has been making waves in the right places. At this year's Independent Spirit Awards, the picture not only earned a Best Supporting Actress nomination for Robin Bartlett, but the film's writer/director team Rania Attieh and Daniel Garcia nabbed the Someone To Watch Award, cementing the mark the pair have made on their industry. And today we have an exclusive clip from the movie that takes you into a very unique world. Read More: 'Spotlight' Dominates The Spirit Awards Winning Best Picture & Best Director Also featuring Rebecca Dayan, Will Janowitz, Julian Gamble, and Roger Robinson, "H." tells the story of two Helens — a middle-aged woman and a younger artist — whose mirrored lives in Troy, N.Y., begin to spiral after an unexplained event. Here's the synopsis: H. is a mysterious, modern interpretation of a classic tragedy in which two women, »
- Edward Davis
Yay! My favorite film of 2015 was the big winner at the recently concluded Film Independent Spirit Awards taking home the best feature, director (Tom McCarthy), screenplay, and editing. It was previously announced that the film was the winner of the prestigious Robert Altman Award (ensemble) as well.
Oh and kudos to the Film Independent Spirit Awards for bestowing their Best Supporting Actress Award to Mya Taylor for "Tangerine!" Taylor becomes the first transgender performer to receive major acting award! See her acceptance speech right here.
Let's see if this will continue with tonight's Oscars. See my full Oscar predictions right here.
Here's the complete list of winners of the Film Independent Spirit Awards:
Award given to the Producer; Executive Producers are not awarded.
*** "Spotlight" (Winner)
Ahead of tonight’s Academy Awards, Film Independent hosted the 31st annual Spirit Awards yesterday in Los Angeles, with Tom McCarthy’s Spotlight the big winner, collecting Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Editing, along with the Robert Altman Award, which recognises a film’s director, casting director and ensemble cast.
On the acting front, there were awards for Beasts of No Nation’s Abraham Attah (Best Actor) and Idris Elba (Best Supporting Actor), along with Room’s Brie Larson (Best Actress) and Tangerine’s Mya Taylor (Best Supporting Actress). Check out a full list of the winners below, hightlighted in red…
- Gary Collinson
The 31st Independent Spirt Awards took place this Saturday, February 27 with the fiendishly talented and hilarious Kate McKinnon & Kumail Nanjiani co-hosting the event. Take a look at their parody of one of this year’s best films Room below. The show, as in years past, aligned with the Academy Awards in some moments, but also served to do what the Oscars can’t, or won’t in others. Perhaps that’s just as it should be. Brie Larson won for Best Female Lead for Room, and is very likely to win the Academy Award for Best Actress tomorrow night. However, Spotlight, which won Best Feature, Director, and Screenplay at the Spirit Awards is in a three way race with The Revenant and The Big Short for the top prize at the Oscars. Though it’s likely to take Best Screenplay there as well. Typically, the Academy favors flashier films, so »
- Roth Cornet
Tangerine co-star Mya Taylor made a bit of awards history today at the Spirit Awards, becoming the first transgender performer to pick up a major film acting award. She was given the Best Supporting Female nod for her role in Sean Baker’s low-budget indie. “No one tells you how nervous you’re going to be when you’re up against other great actors for an award,” said Taylor, who prevailed in a category that included Robin Bartlett for H, Marin Ireland for Glass Chin… »
“Spotlight” took home top honors at the 2016 Spirit Awards, winning best feature, best director, best screenplay, best editing and best ensemble. Below find a complete list of the afternoon’s winners:
Spotlight — Winner
Best First Feature
The Diary of a Teenage Girl — Winner
Best First Screenplay
- Variety Staff
“Spotlight” took home top honors at the 2016 Spirit Awards, winning best feature, best director, best screenplay, best editing and best ensemble.
Earlier in the afternoon, Brie Larson took home the prize for best lead female for her performance in A24’s “Room” while Abraham Attah won the best actor prize for his portrayal of a child soldier in the Netflix drama “Beasts of No Nation” — his first acting role.
Castmate Idris Elba won the trophy for supporting actor for “Beasts of No Nation.” The award is a partial redemption for Elba, who was snubbed by the Academy of of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Jan. 14 for his role as a commandant of an African army of child soldiers — a major reason for the #OscarsSoWhite protest about the exclusion of non-white actors from the nominations.
Elba brought on his Ghanian co-star Attah on stage in his acceptance speech. Elba won »
- Dave McNary
Film Independent’s 31st Spirit Awards will unfold Saturday, Feb. 27 — the day before the Academy Awards — in a tent on Santa Monica Beach.
For those unable to attend the festivities, IFC will air the ceremony live at 2 p.m. Pst and host a live stream for on its website. Live stream the awards here.
Here are the 2016 Spirit Awards nominees:
- Variety Staff
Joel and Ethan Coen drop most of the sarcasm for their deeply felt character study. Everything's a big problem for Llewyn: a girl (Carey Mulligan), various agents, fellow performers, and a cat. I find Oscar Isaac's Llewyn to be wholly sympathetic, and that cat business is deeper than it looks. The terrific extras include a complete concert docu. Inside Llewyn Davis Blu-ray The Criterion Collection 794 2013 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 104 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date January 19, 2016 / 39.95 Starring Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake, Ethan Phillips, Robin Bartlett Pappi Corsicato, Max Casella, Jerry Grayson, Jeanine Seralles, Adam Driver, Stark Sands, John Goodman, F. Murray Abraham. Cinematography Bruno Delbonnel Executive Music Producer T Bone Burnett Produced by Scott Rudin, Joel Coen and Ethan Coen Written and Directed by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
If I'm not mistaken this is the first Criterion release of Coen Brothers movie. »
- Glenn Erickson
9 items from 2016
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