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In its 29th annual awards, the Film Independent Spirit Awards once again give film connoisseurs a seemingly more honest precursor to tonight’s Academy Awards. In a ceremony hosted by Patton Oswalt and aired on IFC, the awards once again celebrated “artist-driven filmmaking and the finest achievements in independent cinema.” This year’s big winner was Steve McQueen harrowing drama 12 Years a Slave, which brought home awards for Best Feature, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actress (Lupita Nyong’o) and Best Cinematography. Don’t worry, there were other awards, all listed below. Best Feature “12 Years a Slave” Best Director Steve McQueen, “12 Years a Slave” Best First Feature “Fruitvale Station” Best Screenplay “12 Years a Slave” Best First Screenplay “Nebraska” Best Female Lead Cate Blanchett, “Blue Jasmine” Best Male Lead Matthew McConaughey, “Dallas Buyers Club” Best Supporting Female Lupita Nyong’o, “12 Years a Slave” Best Supporting Male Jared Leto, “Dallas Buyers Club” Best Cinematography “12 Years a Slave” Best »
- Neil Miller
Ahead of the Oscars tomorrow evening, the 29th annual Film Independent Spirit Awards have taken place tonight, with Steve McQueen's drama 12 Years a Slave leading the field with five wins, including Best Feature, Best Director, Best Screenplay (John Ridley), Best Cinematography (Sean Bobbitt) and Best Supporting Actress (Lupita Nyong'o).
In the other acting categories, Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto were named Best Male Lead and Best Supporting Male for their work in Dallas Buyers Club, while Cate Blanchett received the gong for Best Female Lead for Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine. Here's the full list of nominees, with the winners highlighted in red....
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- Gary Collinson
The night before the 2014 Oscars was a big one for 12 Years a Slave as it took home five wins at the 2014 Independent Spirit Awards including Best Picture, Director (Steve McQueen), Supporting Actress (Lupita Nyong'o), Screenplay (John Ridley) and Cinematography (Sean Bobbitt). However, don't take this to mean 12 Years is a lock at the Oscars as its strongest competition in categories such as Picture and Director, those being Gravity and American Hustle, weren't among the "independent" nominees. Some likely Oscar winners were among the list of winners as Dallas Buyers Club co-stars Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto took home Best Actor and Supporting Actor respectively. Cate Blanchett took home yet another Best Actress prize for her work in Blue Jasmine and 20 Feet from Stardom won Best Documentary, proving even the Spirit Awards weren't going for The Act of Killing, though that doesn't diminish the impact of Joshua Oppenheimer's film. Some »
- Brad Brevet
Could the Independent Spirit Awards results from earlier today be foreshadowing what happens with the Academy Awards tomorrow night? Personally, I don’t think so, but the potential is there at least, especially after 12 Years a Slave pretty much dominated the show, taking five awards, including Best Feature, Best Director for Steve McQueen, Best Supporting Actress for Lupita Nyong’o, and Best Screenplay for John Ridley. The other award it won was Best Cinematography, but it’s not nominated for that Oscar, so there won’t be a chance of a perfect correlation here between the two voting bodies. Among other major categories, Matthew McConaughey won Best Male Lead and Jared Leto won Best Supporting Male for their work in Dallas Buyers Club, while Cate Blanchett took home Best Female Lead for Blue Jasmine. We also had 20 Feet from Stardom winning Best Documentary, Blue is the Warmest Color winning Best International Film, »
- Joey Magidson
Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave pulled a five finger discount at the 2014 Indie Spirit Awards grabbing hardware in the Best Feature, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actress and Best Cinematography categories. Apart from the larceny in the Best Doc category, the winners in the above mention category (excluding Bobbitt’s work) and the double win pairing of Leto and McConaughey along with Cate Blanchett’s perf win in Blue Jasmine will likely repeat itself less than 24 hours later at tomorrow’s Academy Awards celebrations obviously begging many to ponder the following: who needs the 86th Academy Awards when we have the Indie Spirit Awards? While today’s most pleasurable wins come from the truly indie kudos for Best First Feature (Ryan Coogler for Frutivale Station) the John Cassavetes award for Chad Hartigan’s This is Martin Bonner, and the Piaget Producers Award to Ain’t Them Bodies Saints »
- Eric Lavallee
The 29th annual Film Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica, Calif. are underway with host Patton Oswalt, and we're updating the winners list as the names are announced. Early winners include Jared Leto, for his supporting turn in "Dallas Buyers Club," "Fruitvale Station" for best first feature, and "Nebraska" writer Bob Nelson, who picked up a trophy for best first screenplay. So far, "12 Years a Slave" has picked up four awards, namely supporting actress for Lupita Nyong'o, best director, best screenplay and best cinematography. Here's the list of nominees: Best Feature "All is Lost" "Frances Ha" "Inside Llewyn Davis" "Nebraska" "12 Years a Slave" Best Director J.C. Chandor, "All is Lost" Jeff Nichols, "Mud" Alexander Payne, "Nebraska" Winner: Steve McQueen, "12 Years a Slave" Shane Carruth, "Upstream Color" Best First Feature "Blue Caprice" "Concussion" Winner: "Fruitvale Station" "Una Noche" "Wadjda" Best Screenplay "Before Midnight" "Blue Jasmine" "Enough Said" "The Spectacular Now" Winner: »
- Dave Lewis
“12 Years a Slave” dominated the Independent Spirit Awards, winning best feature and four other awards, including director for Steve McQueen, supporting actress for Lupita Nyong’o and screenplay for John Ridley.
Matthew McConaughey won the actor trophy for his role as an AIDS patient/activist for “Dallas Buyers Club” and Cate Blanchett took the actress award for her portrayal of the neurotic title character in Woody Allen’s “Blue Jasmine” at the event Saturday afternoon on the beach in Santa Monica.
Steve McQueen won for best director (“12 Years a Slave”) and dedicated the award to Solomon Northup, whose life and book was the basis for the searing historical drama. ”Michael Fassbender is a genius. Nothing he wouldn’t do, nothing he can’t do,” McQueen said, also giving thanks to Chiwetel Ejiofor — the “soul” of the film.
- Dave McNary and Alexandra Cheney
Lauded as one of the finest films of last year, David Lowery’s Ain’t Them Bodies Saints will be released on DVD here in the UK next week. And ahead of its arrival, we’ve got an exclusive addendum of deleted scenes and fragments to share, giving a look at lost moments from the film.
And after a limited theatrical release on our shores back in September, it will be a great feeling to see it arriving on our shelves on Monday. The feature below notes that, for various reasons, these moments didn’t make it into the final cut, but are presented here instead to augment our memory of the film, and for posterity.
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- Kenji Lloyd
Ahead of its debut at Sundance in just a few days’ time, the teaser trailer has landed for Listen Up Philip, giving an intriguing first look at the upcoming drama.
Jason Schwartzman leads a stellar ensemble as the eponymous Philip, an author waiting for the publication of his second novel.
Anger rages in Philip as he awaits the publication of his sure-to-succeed second novel. He feels pushed out of his adopted home city by the constant crowds and noise, a deteriorating relationship with his photographer girlfriend Ashley, and his own indifference to promoting the novel. When Philip’s idol, Ike Zimmerman, offers his isolated summer home as a refuge, he finally gets the peace and quiet to focus on his favorite subject—himself.
- Kenji Lloyd
Eric Lavallee: Name me three of your favorite “2013 discoveries”…
Lavallee: With Land Ho! you’ve become one of the early adopters for what appears to be an artistic collab between U.S indie sphere and Scandi productions…best exemplified by your executive producer Dgg is just fresh off just this with Prince Avalanche. Is there some tax breaks I’m not aware of, and what are the challenges of working outside the box sorta speak?
Louie: Yes, there’s actually a 20% Icelandic tax credit as well as a Vat (value‐added tax) rebate. But those were just gravy‐‐the decision to shoot in Iceland was purely a creative one. Martha had had Iceland on her mind for a few years, and eventually decided that »
- Eric Lavallee
This Thursday, the Sundance Film Festival celebrates its 30th anniversary and since we’ve covered about 1/3rd of the event and have fond memories of each edition, we figured why not commemorate some of the personalities that will make up this year’s crop. Welcome to our Sundance “Trading Cards” series.
Profiling the misfits, the filmmakers and the supporting players both in front of and behind the camera, we asked each person (curiously vast bunch from grade school aged vets to pension aged newbies) what their “three favorite 2013 discoveries”. These could either be old classics, obscure items from the past, present or 2013 fresh as in favorite album, song, recording artist, painter, sculptor, author, book, narrative or docu film, video game, television series, science, technology, apps, city, country or news headline. And like any given sport cards features, we included their vitals and favorite fest(s).
Enjoy the series and collect the entire set! »
- Eric Lavallee
The award, which comes with a $25,000 grant, was unveiled at the org’s Spirit Awards Nominee Brunch held Saturday at Boa Steakhouse in West Hollywood. Emily Mortimer and Alessandro Nivola hosted and presented the trophy.
“We just got in from Texas and now we’ve got all this money!” an exuberant Johnston said as part of his acceptance speech.
The Dallas-based duo will head out to Park City, Utah, next week for the premiere of their film “Listen Up, Phillip.”
Halbrooks said after the presentation that he regretted not thanking Parts and Labor for their help. “We have not had to suffer fools because of the help of people like them,” he added.
The Piaget award honors “emerging producers who, despite highly limited resources, demonstrate the creativity, tenacity, »
- Dave McNary
Shaka King, Jason Osder, Toby Halbrooks and James M. Johnston were awarded with a total of $75,000 in Spirit Awards Filmmaker Grants during Film Independent’s annual Spirit Awards Nominees Brunch at Boa Steakhouse in West Hollywood on Saturday afternoon. While winners of more than a dozen Spirit Awards will be revealed at the show on March 1, Film Independent uses its nominees brunch to announce the winners and hand out checks for its three sponsored filmmaker grants. The grants for the up-and-coming filmmakers each came with a $25,000 prize, and were presented by Spirit Awards Honorary Chairperson Angela Bassett, as well as actors Emily. »
- Greg Gilman
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