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Barry Jenkins Wins Independent Spirit Best Director Award For ‘Moonlight’

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In a small sign that some things are still right in the world, Barry Jenkins took home the Independent Spirit Award for Best Director at the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards.

It was the fifth award of the night for “Moonlight,” which also won for editing, cinematography, screenplay and the Robert Altman Award that recognizes an ensemble cast, director and casting director of a film.

Sporting a sharp Hawaiian button up befitting of the Miami native, Jenkins called out fellow directors Andrea Arnold and Kenneth Lonergan (whom he apparently calls “Uncle Kenny”), for making work that inspires him. Thanking his cast and crew, Jenkins concluded by saying: “This thing it has my name about it, but it’s absolutely about all y’all. Much love.” Also nominated were Pablo Larrain for “Jackie,” Jeff Nichols for “Loving,” and Kelly Reichardt for “Certain Women,” in addition to Arnold.

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Trailer Watch: Heidi Saman’s Namour

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Philadelphia-based filmmaker Heidi Saman made our 25 New Faces list in 2014 on the basis of two works, one ongoing and one just finished. The ongoing one is her long-running film Tumblr “Four Eyes,” which consists of elegant frome/quote combinations. The just-finished project is her debut feature, Namour, which is being released March 1 by Ava DuVernay’s Array before being available widely through Netflix on March 15. Saman had made a previous short, The Maid, and works as a producer for NPR. From my “25 New Faces” profile: The Tumblr community was among those who supported Saman’s successful Kickstarter earlier […] »

- Scott Macaulay

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Will ‘Moonlight”s Indie Spirit Awards Love Extend to Oscar Sunday?

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When the Film Independent Spirit Awards started off with a standing ovation for the Best Editing Award for “Moonlight” (Joi McMillion and Nat Sanders), the course of the Santa Monica awards show was set.

In fact Barry Jenkins’ Miami triptych went on to win a record six Indie Spirit awards, including the Robert Altman ensemble award. The warmth in the tent was palpable, as the crowd kept leaping to their feet as “Moonlight” won Screenplay, Director, Cinematography, Editing and Feature.

Oscar contender Mahershala Ali was included in the Ensemble Award, and wasn’t competing for Supporting Actor, which went to Ben Foster for “Hell or High Water.”

“A lot of people pushed away that script” for fear of “hurting their careers” said screenwriter Tarrell Alvin McCraney, who wrote the play on which “Moonlight” was based. For his part Jenkins thanked his friend and producer Adele Romanski for making him get »


- Anne Thompson

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Oscars 2017 Gets Its Own Benghazi Controversy As ’13 Hours’ Nominee Disqualified

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In case you forgot, “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi” was nominated for an Oscar in Best Sound Mixing. And it seems that controversy involving Benghazi is touching the big show.

In a surprise announcement, the Academy announced this afternoon that ’13 Hours’ nominee Greg P. Russell has been officially disqualified, upon revelations that he phoned up others in the Sound Branch to essentially help get him nominated.

Continue reading Oscars 2017 Gets Its Own Benghazi Controversy As ’13 Hours’ Nominee Disqualified at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Moonlight Scores a Record Six Independent Spirit Awards, Including Best Picture and Best Director

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Moonlight was the big winner at the 2017 Independent Spirit Awards, held this afternoon in Santa Monica, CA. Barry Jenkins’ incisive and complex dramatic triptych won a record six awards, including Best Feature, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Editing and the Robert Altman Award for its ensemble performers. In this acceptance speech for the Best Director Award, Jenkins confirmed the film’s budget — $1.5 million! — and thanked “anyone whose name was on a call sheet on those 24 hot-ass days in Miami.” The only other multiple winner was Robert Eggers’ 16th-century supernatural horror film, The Witch, which […] »

- Scott Macaulay

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Donald Trump Didn’t Have A Starring Role At The 2017 Independent Spirit Awards

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Donald Trump loomed large over the Film Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday afternoon, but  he did so from a distance (and we don’t mean a Florida golf course). The President’s name was spoken only a small handful of times during the show, but his presence — and that of the national mood he’s created — made itself known throughout.

Most of the explicit references could be found during Nick Kroll and John Mulaney’s hilarious opening segment, in which the latter used Trump’s language to contextualize the indies nominated: “These films, are to quote the President: ‘Sad!’ exclamation point.” A few minutes later, he followed that up by setting up Kroll for a joke: “Do you know what Donald Trump thinks Barack Obama’s name is?” He asked. “Barry Jenkins,” Kroll deadpanned. The duo also commented on Trump’s recent decision to rescind protections for transgender Americans, wisecracking »


- David Ehrlich

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2017 Independent Spirit Awards: The Best Things Winners Casey Affleck, Isabelle Huppert and More Said Backstage

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The Film Independent Spirit Awards pride themselves on doing things a little bit different, happily throwing one heck of a party the afternoon before Oscar Sunday (on the beach in Santa Monica, lubricated by a pre-show cocktail “hour” that clocks in closer to three) to honor the best in indie film. This year’s outing was no different, aided by characteristically amusing hosts Nick Kroll and John Mulaney and featuring a batch of impressive winners.

The nominees list was heavy on the “Moonlight” and “American Honey” nods, and the final awards tally leaned firmly to the “Moonlight” camp (filmmaker Barry Jenkins, quite charmingly, used his Best Director acceptance speech to call out other directors he loved from the category, including “American Honey” filmmaker Andrea Arnold), with the film picking up a stunning six awards.

Each winner happily shuffled backstage to chat with press after their wins, often serving up some of the most notable, »


- Kate Erbland

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Indie Spirits 2017: Nick Kroll & John Mulaney’s Hilarious Opening Monologue, In Memoriam Parody & Acceptance Speeches

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If the Golden Globes have always been the looser, cooler brother to the Oscars, the Indie Spirits are the unpredictable, wilder cousin. This afternoon, the warmup to the big show tomorrow unfolded, and not only was it finished in just over two hours, it was actually kind of fun.

 Nick Kroll and John Mulaney delivered an opening monologue that was politically sharp and hilarious, and poked fun at the nominees too.

Continue reading Indie Spirits 2017: Nick Kroll & John Mulaney’s Hilarious Opening Monologue, In Memoriam Parody & Acceptance Speeches at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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2017 Independent Spirit Awards: Full Winners List

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The 32nd Independent Spirit Awards took place on Feb. 25 in Los Angeles. Many Oscar contenders — such as “Moonlight” and “Manchester by the Sea” — were nominated alongside smaller titles such as “American Honey” and “Chronic,” making for a truly unpredictable show.

Read More: 2017 Independent Spirit Awards: Who Will Win and Who Should Win — Critics Survey

The full list of nominees is below, with winners in bold.

Best Feature

Moonlight

American Honey

Chronic

Jackie

Manchester by the Sea

Best Director

Barry Jenkins –”Moonlight

Andrea Arnold –”American Honey

Pablo Larraín –”Jackie

Jeff Nichols –”Loving

Kelly Reichardt –”Certain Women

Best Male Lead

Casey Affleck –”Manchester by the Sea” as Lee Chandler

David Harewood –”Free in Deed” as Abe Wilkins

Viggo Mortensen –”Captain Fantastic” as Ben Cash

Jesse Plemons –”Other People” as David Mulcahey

Tim Roth –”Chronic” as David Wilson

Best Female Lead

Isabelle Huppert –”Elle” as Michèle Leblanc

Annette Bening –”20th Century Women” as »


- William Earl

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‘Moonlight’ Wins Independent Spirit Award for Best Feature Film

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Moonlight” took home the award for Best Feature Film at the Independent Spirit Awards in Los Angeles on Saturday, the final awards ceremony of the season before Sunday’s Academy Awards. The film swept the Independent Spirit Awards, with six wins at the end of the night.

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Director Barry Jenkins won the award for Best Director and Best Screenplay, the latter of which he shared with playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney. McCraney wrote the play upon which “Moonlight” is based, “In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue.” “Moonlight” also won the Robert Altman award and the awards for Best Cinematography and Best Editing.

“The films that have been discussed and lauded in this last year really speak to this appetite and this need for stories that are bold and defy easy categorization,” said “Moonlight” producer Adele Romanski. “I think people are telling »


- Graham Winfrey

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2017 Independent Spirit Awards: What This Year’s Nominees Want to See from the Film World in 2017

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We may be two months into 2017, but this weekend feels like the time to finally bring 2016’s year in film to a close. With that in mind, at one of the independent film world’s biggest annual gatherings, we took the opportunity to ask some of this year’s nominees what they’d like to see in the months to come. Some spoke about their personal projects, while others looked toward the industry as a whole.

Overall, the consensus of the day’s honorees centered on inclusion. Regardless of the people behind these films, they all recognized the opportunity for film to showcase a wider view of the world.

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Below are selected comments from our conversations with this year’s nominees.

Lily Gladstone, “Certain Women

“This is the year of ‘Moonlight,’ so everything is going to be different after this. »


- Steve Greene

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Molly Shannon Wins the Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female

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Actress Molly Shannon has won Best Supporting Female at the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards for her role in “Other People.”

In accepting the award Shannon talked about playing a mother dying of cancer in writer-director Chris Kelly’s film based on his real life experience.

“Cancer has become a part of so many people’s lives, there can be a risk in telling these kind of stories,” said Shannon, who encouraged filmmakers to follow in Kelly’s path. “[These stories] do the essential thing that I love most about movies — they magnify the human comedy and tragedy that binds as a kind of family together and we need that now more than ever.”  

Also nominated for Best Supporting Female were Lily Gladstone (“Certain Women”), Edwina Findley (“Free In Deed”) and Paulina Garcia (“Little Men”).

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- Chris O'Falt

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