Oscars 2015: Independent Spirit Awards

The Independent Spirit Awards were held today. I usually pay no attention to them in terms of results, but they are one of the more fun awards shows, as they take place in a tent on the beach in Santa Monica, and everyone gets loaded and gets all their nerves out before the Oscars the following day.

I’ve got little to say or add to this, so I’ll just run through the results, and then get back to typing up my giant Oscar article that’ll go up tomorrow morning.

Here are your Spirit Awards results:

Best Feature


Beasts of No Nation




Winner: Spotlight

Did anyone not think that was a slam dunk?

Best Director

Sean Baker, Tangerine

Cary Joji Fukunaka, Beasts of No Nation

Charlie Kaufman & Duke Johnson, Anomalisa

David Robert Mitchell, It Follows

Todd Haynes, Carol

Tom McCarthy, Spotlight

Winner: Tom McCarthy, Spotlight

That was not a given, but seemed the obvious choice, linking up with Picture.

I kinda hoped they’d go with Baker, since I know people loved Tangerine and how wildly fresh and innovative it was.

Best Male Lead

Christopher Abbott, James White

Abraham Attah, Beasts of No Nation

Ben Mendelsohn, Mississippi Grind

Jason Segal, The End of the Tour

Koudous Seihon, Mediterranea

Winner: Abraham Attah, Beasts of No Nation

Not surprised. Made the most sense, especially given how the narrative has gone post-nominations.

Best Female Lead

Cate Blanchett, Carol

Bel Powley, The Diary of a Teenage Girl

Brie Larson, Room

Rooney Mara, Carol

Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, Tangerine

Winner: Brie Larson, Room

Of course. I don’t think anyone would argue she had perhaps the most difficult role of any actress this year, emotionally.

Best Supporting Male

Kevin Corrigan, Results

Paul Dano, Love & Mercy

Idris Elba, Beasts of No Nation

Richard Jenkins, Bone Tomahawk

Michael Shannon, 99 Homes

Winner: Idris Elba, Beasts of No Nation

If I had to pick the biggest lock of the night, this would have been it.

No love for Love & Mercy. Oh well.

Best Supporting Female

Robin Bartlett, H.

Marin Ireland, Glass Chin

Jennifer Jason Leigh, Anomalisa

Cynthia Nixon, James White

Mya Taylor, Tangerine

Winner: Mya Taylor, Tangerine

Oh hell yeah. This was an easy choice. Watch the film and you’ll see why she was the choice. I’m pretty sure I watched this film the day the nominations came out, and I would have (and probably did) call her the winner that day.

Best Screenplay


Bone Tomahawk


The End of the Tour


Winner: Spotlight

Well fucking really.

Best Editing

Heaven Knows What

It Follows

Manos Sucias



Winner: Spotlight

Makes sense.

Best Cinematography

Beasts of No Nation


It Follows


Songs My Brothers Taught Me

Winner: Carol

It was nominated for the Cinematography Oscar. That was the choice.

Best First Feature

The Diary of a Teenage Girl

James White

Manos Sucias


Songs My Brothers Taught Me

Winner: The Diary of a Teenage Girl

Good for her. Really liked that film.

Best First Screenplay

The Diary of a Teenage Girl

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl


The Mend


Winner: Room

Still kind of hoped Me and Earl and the Dying Girl won. But I can be very okay with this having won.

Best International Film

Embrace of the Serpent



A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting Existence

Son of Saul

Winner: Son of Saul

No shit.

John Cassavetes Award


Christmas, Again

Heaven Knows What


Out of My Hand

Winner: Krisha


Best Documentary

Best of Enemies

Heart of a Dog

The Look of Silence

The Russian Woodpecker


Winner: The Look of Silence

It was nominated. Of course.

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So those are your Spirit Awards. No real surprises. Thought maybe Fukunaga would have won Director. But otherwise, they always tend to pick the Oscar nominees. It’s weird how they deliberately try not to be a part of the Oscar frenzy, yet their voting looks as though they want to fit in with the Oscar frenzy. Plus I’m never quite sure what counts as an independent and what doesn’t with them. It’s either stuff that’s all over the Oscars or stuff no one has ever or will ever hear of.

But I guess that’s the life of an independent movie.


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