Oscars 2020: Independent Spirit Awards

So apparently the Independent Spirit Awards were handed out on Thursday instead of today. No idea why that happened, since I thought it was a truth universally acknowledged that the day before the Oscars, everyone got drunk in a tent on the beach in Santa Monica. But I guess they taped the ceremony like they did for SAG and just aired it. Okay then.

I refused to talk about it before today, though, because you just can’t have the Independent Spirit Awards properly before the day before the Oscars. It doesn’t affect the proceedings either way, so it’s mostly just window dressing. But hey, awards.

Best Feature

First Cow

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom


Never Rarely Sometimes Always


Winner: Nomadland

No shit. The only interesting outcome here would’ve been if Minari won.


Best Director

Lee Isaac Chung, Minari

Emerald Fennell, Promising Young Woman

Eliza Hittman, Never Rarely Sometimes Always

Kelly Reichardt, First Cow

Chloe Zhao, Nomadland

Winner: Chloe Zhao, Nomadland

Again, no shit. The Indie Spirit Awards generally follow what the Oscars are gonna do, mostly because the Oscar nominees tend to dwarf the rest of the nominees. This year, at least, we have a lot of nominees that count as indies and are Oscar nominees, which doesn’t feel as egregious as it did in other years a decade ago. But also — I imagine most people didn’t watch shit this past year. So they’re just voting for what the presumed Oscar favorites seem to be or what the twelve movies are they did watch. I’m convinced that’s what happened here. Let’s see if it pays out over the rest of these categories.


Best Male Lead

Riz Ahmed, Sound of Metal

Chadwick Boseman, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Adarsh Gourav, The White Tiger

Rob Morgan, Bull

Steven Yeun, Minari

Winner: Riz Ahmed, Sound of Metal

Oh, interesting. Ahmed over Boseman. Guessing that was something that would’ve happened anyway, since they’d be able to physically give him the award. Not sure it changes the Oscar outcome, but I guess possibly.


Best Female Lead

Nicole Beharie, Miss Juneteenth

Viola Davis, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Sidney Flanigan, Never Rarely Sometimes Always

Julia Garner, The Assistant

Frances McDormand, Nomadland

Carey Mulligan, Promising Young Woman

Winner: Carey Mulligan, Promising Young Woman

Another one. Though, with three Oscar nominees in this list, this is actually something illuminating, because we still don’t really know who’s gonna win this category tomorrow night. Though I don’t know if there’s an overlap between voting members here and in the Academy. I don’t actually know who votes on these awards. I’m pretty sure it’s just anyone who pays a fee to the organization (unless they restrict it to actual working people). I have no idea. But at least now maybe this could sway some people trying to decide how this one’s gonna go.


Best Supporting Male

Colman Domingo, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Orion Lee, First Cow

Paul Raci, Sound of Metal

Glynn Turman, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Benedict Wong, Nine Days

Winner: Paul Raci, Sound of Metal

Another one. The only Oscar nominee on this list. I’m sensing a trend.


Best Supporting Female

Alexis Chikaeze, Miss Juneteenth

Yeri Han, Minari

Valerie Mahaffey, French Exit

Talia Ryder, Never Rarely Sometimes Always

Yuh-jung Youn, Minari

Winner: Yuh-jung Youn, Minari

Once again. The only Oscar nominee. Seems like people didn’t really watch some of these movies and are just taking the highest profile nominees. I mean, granted, a lot of the time that is always what happens here, but not always. I think this year has made it so people are especially prone to voting this way, which is why I want to see what happens tomorrow.


Best Screenplay

Bad Education


The Half of It

Never Rarely Sometimes Always

Promising Young Woman

Winner: Promising Young Woman

I feel like I can give you the rest of the winners without even knowing who won.


Best Editing

I Carry You With Me

The Invisible Man

Never Rarely Sometimes Always



Winner: Nomadland

And another one.


Best Cinematography

The Assistant


Never Rarely Sometimes Always


She Dies Tomorrow

Winner: Nomadland

And another one.


Best First Feature

The Forty-Year-Old-Version

I Carry You with Me

Miss Juneteenth

Nine Days

Sound of Metal

Winner: Sound of Metal

And another one. Though I will say, it’s possible in a different situation Forty-Year-Old Version could’ve won this.


Best First Screenplay

The Assistant


Miss Juneteenth

Palm Springs

Straight Up

Winner: Palm Springs

Of course.


Best International Feature

Bacurau (Brazil)

The Disciple (India)

Night of the Kings (Ivory Coast)

Preparations to Be Together for an Unknown Period of Time (Hungary)

Quo Vadis, Aida? (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Winner: Quo Vadis, Aida? (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

And of course.


Best Documentary


Crip Camp

Dick Johnson Is Dead

The Mole Agent


Winner: Crip Camp

And of course.

Absolutely no surprises here whatsoever, and we didn’t have the benefit of people getting drunk in a tent.

Which means they probably just announced the winners in some empty theater. Though, for independent movies… that is sadly the reality for them anyway, isn’t it?

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