Melissa McCarthy, who earned a Worst Actress prize for her work in “The Happytime Murders” and “Life of the Party,” has the chance to follow up that laurel with an Oscar tomorrow night for her performance in “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” Read the full list of winners
But the warmth in the room was real, as people cheered their favorites. Like all awards voting, at the Spirits the films that have been seen by the most of the organization’s 7000 voters have the best shot at winning. Best Leading Female Glenn Close (“The Wife”) and Supporting Female Regina King (“If Beale Street Could Talk”) are the likeliest to repeat at
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Fox Searchlight’s “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” took Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Male (Richard E.
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“I feel Marielle was cheated and I feel badly about that,” Holofcener said backstage after winning a Spirit Award for screenplay with Jeff Whitty.
Holofcener was originally attached to direct the project eight years earlier but decided that she could not do so when the film was being greenlit due to her commitment to direct “The Land of Steady Habits.” She knew that Heller would be the right choice, thanks to her work on “The Diary of a Teenage Girl.”
Holofcener and Whitty won the Writers Guild Award for adapted screenplay for “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” and are up for an Academy Award. She also gave credit Saturday to the late Lee Israel for the memoir of the same name about being
“I didn’t want to win this damn award. With everything going on in the world, it just feels strange to be up here,” Jenkins said, before reiterating a message that fellow “Beale Street” winner Regina King delivered after her recent Golden Globes win.
The film took home wins for Best Feature, Best Director, and Best Supporting Female. Jenkins described how he knew the film would not have succeeded without strong female perspectives.
“I had to check my directorial ego and learn,” Jenkins added. “I cannot make a movie about women without women’s voices at the forefront.
Unlike other awards season to-do’s, the Spirits nominated plenty of women, including in the Best Director category, a space that still doesn’t typically find room to recognize the work of creators who happen to be female. Plaza’s opening monologue pointed out that 60 percent of the ceremony’s nominated directors were women, and though she admitted that really
The Indie Spirit Award nominees for Best Male Lead this year included Hawke, Joaquin Phoenix (“You Were Never Really Here”), John Cho (“Searching”), Daveed Diggs (“Blindspotting”), and Christian Malheiros (“Socrates”). None of the nominees managed to break into the Oscar race for Best Actor at the Academy Awards. The Academy instead nominated Viggo Mortensen (“Green Book”), Christian Bale (“Vice”), Bradley Cooper (“A Star Is Born”), Willem Dafoe (“At Eternity
While the ceremony cut Riley off before he could finish his speech, the director expanded on his sentiments backstage. To assembled press Riley said,
“Obviously, the CIA, every time they targeted a country for regime change, they tell you the same things. They tell you the same things in Iraq, they tell you the same things that they did in Chile in 1973. They all say, ‘They’ve lost support, they’re dictators. We’re just helping people.’ We know. C’mon.
There is no such thing as an egoless director, but Stanley Donen, who died at age 94, made every effort to efface himself from the picture in order to let a film’s assets shine to their full potential. But even in so doing, he left an undeniable signature on his work — films that radiate with color, and music, and some of the most inventive choreography until Bob Fosse came along in the late ’60s.
While his work hasn’t necessarily been studied to the degree that Hitchcock’s and Hawks’ have, it was Donen who made it possible for Gene Kelly to splash and tap around the lamppost in “Singin’ in the Rain,” he enabled Fred Astaire to dance up the walls and across the ceiling in “Royal Wedding,
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Close stole the Aubrey Plaza-hosted show by inviting her dog Pip up on stage to accept best female lead, causing massive oohs and ahhs and considerable distraction from her triumph for “The Wife.”
“It’s always the work, isn’t it?” Close said of the Sony Pictures Classics film, before thanking the women in her category including Carey Mulligan and and Regina Hall.
Producers for “Beale Street,” led by Adele Romanski, agreed with Close in a short but sweet acceptance speech that justly gave all the credit to author James Baldwin for his lush romance.
Ethan Hawke won for best male lead for Paul Schrader’s “First Reformed,” though his costar Amanda Seyfried accepted on his behalf, while Richard E. Grant
A pre-taped segment kicked off the ceremony featuring Plaza opposite actresses such as Christina Ricci, Marisa Tomei, Marcia Gay Harden, and more. The women were conducting a blood oath to help Plaza become this year’s Spirit Awards host. Sharon Stone popped up to present the virgin sacrifice: “Stranger Things” star Finn Wolfhard.
“We shall reject commercial cinema and pledge our lives to the pursuit of dangerous art!” Plaza shouted. “Speak to me Altman, Ashby, Antonioni! Bring me the Payne of Alexander Payne.
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Ethan Hawke and Glenn Close took the prizes for best male lead and best female lead, respectively. Bo Burnham took the best first screenplay trophy for “Eighth Grade” and Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty won for best screenplay.
The Spirit Awards are chosen by the Film Independent’s 6200 members after an anonymous committee votes on nominations. The eligibility rules require that movies be produced in the U.S. for less than $20 million.
Keep checking back as the winners are updated live.
If Beale Street Could Talk (Winner)
Leave No Trace
You Were Never Really Here
Debra Granik, Leave No Trace
Barry Jenkins, If Beale Street Could Talk (Winner)
This year, of course, grumbling about the Oscars, and predicting that they’ll turn out
Last year, Riley called Lee’s Oscar-nominated “BlacKkKlansman” a “made-up story in which the false parts of it to try to make a cop the protagonist in the fight against racist oppression.” He also said the movie, which is based on a true story, is full of “fabricated story notes” about its protagonists, Ron Stallworth (John David Washington), a black detective who infiltrates a local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan with his white partner (Adam Driver).
Lee eventually responded to the filmmaker’s remarks, saying “Look at my films: they’ve been very critical of the police, but on the
“We the Animals” led all films with five nominations, followed by “Eighth Grade,” “First Reformed,” and “You Were Never Really Here” with four apiece. There will be excitingly little overlap between today’s ceremony and tomorrow’s — for the first time since 2008, no movies are up for the top prize at both shows.
Aubrey Plaza hosted the ceremony, which aired on IFC. Full
“And I was pressured — forced, in many cases — to always wear dresses and heels for events and photo shoots,” added Page, an Oscar nominee for her role in “Juno.” “As if lesbians don’t wear dresses and heels. But I will never let anyone put me in anything I feel uncomfortable in ever again.”
Page has become an outspoken advocate for Lgbtq issues in recent years, most recently calling out Chris Pratt for attending what she describes as an
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