Just to finish off the last of these articles, the Independent Spirit Awards were announced today. They changed the voting so that all the big studio Oscar stuff doesn’t make it on and dominate the competition anymore. So now it’s truly independent stuff, which is both nice but also makes the awards show a bit of an afterthought. Mostly I love that it’s people getting together in a tent on the beach in Santa Monica and getting absolutely day drunk. That’s really why we have this show, isn’t it?
Anyway, here are your winners (which you basically could have called a month ago just by looking at the nominees. But hey, it’s not about the winners, it’s about the day drinking): (more…)
They also announced these last week. These are closer to being slightly meaningful for the Oscars, but the fact that I waited this long to talk about them should tell you how little they truly matter. Mostly it’s just indie people promoting indies, and usually the indies that are the real Oscar contenders end up shining. But mainly it’s just an excuse for everyone to get drunk in a giant tent in Santa Monica the day before the Oscars. Which I approve of wholeheartedly.
I honestly blindly copy-pasted these categories the day they were announced and didn’t even look at them until now, so, as usual, this is just gonna be my gut reaction based on seeing everything as we go through the article. I suspect nothing here will be particularly surprising or helpful, but mostly I’ll go, “Oh, good for them,” because stuff I know will never get any Oscar attention will get some love here, which at least gives it something.
Anyway, here are your 2019 Indie Spirit Award nominees: (more…)
They announced the Independent Spirit Award nominations today. And I, for one, am happy. Because as much as I’ve tried to get stuff done this year, nothing makes me amped more than the beginning of Oscar season. I don’t even have to try to come up with stuff to talk about. Pretty soon NBR is gonna announce, and then everyone’s gonna start forming real opinions and not half-cocked ones based on what movie came out first and made money, and we can start talking about stuff for real. Meanwhile I’m knee deep in watching everything and gearing up for end-of-the-year article bonanza.
But now, we can look at what the indies are doing, which I never find overly helpful, but it is fun to look at. So here we go. Your Independent Spirit Award nominees for 2018: (more…)
They announced the Independent Spirit Award nominations a little while back. They got left a bit by the wayside until now because I had more important stuff to do and because I didn’t have the time to deal with Oscar stuff until it was the proper time. Well, the time is coming, so let’s take ten minutes.
I don’t put a lot of stock into them inasmuch as they are a nice representation of the kinds of films that ought to get acclaim and have a platform to be noticed. My usual gripe is that the big “Oscar” studio-pushed films get the majority of the nominations, but let’s not pretend like any awards show is anything other than the industry patting themselves on the back. I’m not really here to feel one way or another about them, I’m here to figure out what will or won’t be nominated.
So that said, here are your 2017 Indie Spirit nominations: (more…)
This was the first show to announce nominations and the last to announce its winners.
It’s always a nice show, because its heart is in the right place and it celebrates all the right things. But since it doesn’t remotely help at the Oscars, it’s not really something I put much effort into looking at. Which is a shame.
But anyway, here are your Spirit Award winners: (more…)
I’m starting to have time to work through the backlog, which can only mean one thing — Oscar season is upon us.
Here’s the Independent Spirit Awards, which I’ve always put zero stock into, especially now, where there are true indie movies, and the majority of the nominees are the big time indies, that were bought by the studios and have all this money behind them. So you pretty much know what’s gonna win based on what has a shot at the Oscars.
But I go over them, because I can.
Here are this year’s Independent Spirit Award nominees: (more…)
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: (more…)
Did I not talk about these already? I guess not. They got announced right before Thanksgiving. And there was no way I’d have written them up. Okay, so we talk about them now.
I’ll preface this by saying that these awards mean nothing to me and feel compromised from the start. At this point, there are two kinds of independent film: there’s real independent film, that needs something like this to get notice, and then there’s films that were made independently, but now they have studios behind them pushing for awards. And there’s a weird mix of both here, and the studio ones always end up winning. So I can’t use this as a precursor or much of anything except a way of seeing some cool movies I never thought of seeing before.
Anyway, here are your Independent Spirit Awards for 2015: (more…)
Today we go over some more Oscar tidbits, specifically Best Documentary Feature and the Independent Spirit Awards. Mostly bookkeeping, but they are slightly helpful for next month.
We’ll start with Documentary Feature, and the fifteen films that were shortlisted from an original list of 126. I’ll list what they are and give brief synopses of them before going over what I think is most likely to make the final category based on Oscar experience. (more…)
Today, the Independent Spirit Awards were announced. I didn’t post it immediately for two reasons: one, I was in the middle of my Best Picture articles (which I really enjoyed and didn’t want to break the flow of), and two, they don’t really matter so much for tomorrow. Though, in this case, we did get a big arrow.
My major problem with the Independent Spirit Awards is how they’re basically like the Oscars “Lite.” Most of the stuff that wins are the films that are nominated at the Oscars. Sure, they’re technically independent, but it almost feels unfair to the nominees that are actually independents. That is — The Artist stopped being independent once the Weinstein’s picked it up. Did you really think Take Shelter stood a chance against it in the Best Feature race?
Either way, here are the winners from the Independent Spirit Awards: (more…)