The Rain Refused To Dampen Spirits At Yesterday’s Independent Spirit Awards

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It’s Oscars weekend in La-La Land, but before the big event later today, a number of Hollywood’s finest headed out to a wet and windy Santa Monica yesterday (March 1) for the Independent Spirit Awards. The weather resulted in the organisers, Film Independent, handing out not just awards, but also umbrellas to their many attendees caught unawares.

Echoing his win at the SAG awards in January, Matthew McConaughey begin his acceptance speech for Dallas Buyers Club saying, “Alright, alright, alright. It’s really been a strong year for independent films.” And a strong year it has been with films like Dallas Buyers Club, 12 Years A Slave, Blue Jasmine and Inside Llewyn Davis, among others released.

There were not that many surprises in the winners with 12 Years A Slave the big winner. Rather it further cemented who would be taking the big awards home later today.

The top acting awards went to McConaughey for Dallas Buyers Club and Cate Blanchett for Blue Jasmine. With Blanchett having taken out the Golden Globe, SAG, BAFTA and now Spirit awards, the shock will likely rock Hollywood if she doesn’t grace the stage as Best Actress tonight. Likewise McConaughey has walked away with the Golden Globe and SAG awards. 12 Years A Slave’s Chiwetel Ejiofor took out the BAFTA award and is still in with a chance for tonight’s Best Actor along with Golden Globe (Comedy) winner Leonardo DiCaprio for The Wolf of Wall Street.

12 Years A Slave’s Lupita Nyong’o got the ultimate 31st birthday present by winning the Best Supporting Actress trophy, dedicating the award to her mother saying, “That beautiful woman drove me to rehearsals every day after school. Your love has driven me this far.” This category is divided for tonight with either Nyong’o or American Hustle’s Jennifer Lawrence each possible winners. Lawrence took home the award at the Golden Globes and BAFTAs, whereas Nyong’o won the SAG award. Lawrence wasn’t a contender for the Spirit Awards and my money is still on her taking home the prize later today.

Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club, repeated his wins at the Golden Globes and SAGs. Captain Phillips’, Barkhad Abdi, won the BAFTA in this category. However, with Dallas Buyers Club UK release only at the beginning of February this year, it was not eligible for this year’s BAFTAs. In one of the best speeches of the night, Leto proceeded to thank “his family, homemade burritos, the inventor of the zipper, Dr. Seuss, the late Philip Seymour Hoffman and the 36 million who have died of AIDS”. He added: “I’d like to thank all the women I’ve been with and all the women who think they’ve been with me … and my future ex-wife: Lupita, I’m thinking about you.”

The full list of winners is below:

BEST FEATURE
WINNER:
12 Years A Slave
All Is Lost
Frances Ha
Inside Llewyn Davis
Nebraska

BEST DIRECTOR
WINNER:
Steve McQueen, 12 Years A Slave
Shane Carruth, Upstream Color
J.C. Chandor, All Is Lost
Jeff Nichols, Mud
Alexander Payne, Nebraska

BEST FEMALE LEAD
WINNER: Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
Julie Delpy, Before Midnight
Gaby Hoffmann, Crystal Fairy
Brie Larson, Short Term 12
Shailene Woodley, The Spectacular Now

BEST MALE LEAD
WINNER: Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club
Bruce Dern, Nebraska
Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years A Slave
Oscar Isaac, Inside Llewyn Davis
Michael B Jordan, Fruitvale Station
Robert Redford, All Is Lost

BEST SCREENPLAY
WINNER:
John Ridley, 12 Years A Slave
Woody Allen, Blue Jasmine
Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke & Richard Linklater, Before Midnight
Nicole Holofcener, Enough Said
Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber, The Spectacular Now

BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE
WINNER:
Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave
Melonie Diaz, Fruitvale Station
Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine
Yolonda Ross, Go For Sisters
June Squibb, Nebraska

BEST SUPPORTING MALE
WINNER:
Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave
Will Forte, Nebraska
James Gandolfini, Enough Said
Keith Stanfield, Short Term 12

BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY
WINNER:
Bob Nelson, Nebraska
Lake Bell, In A World
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Don Jon
Jill Soloway, Afternoon Delight
Mike Starrbury, The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
WINNER: Sean Bobbitt, 12 Years A Slave
Benoit Debie, Spring Breakers
Bruno Delbonnel, Inside Llewyn Davis
Frank G. Demarco, All Is Lost
Matthias Grunsky, Computer Chess

BEST EDITING
WINNER:
Nat Sanders, Short Term 12
Shane Carruth & David Lowery, Upstream Color
Jem Cohen & Marc Vives, Museum Hours
Frank G. Demarco, All Is Lost
Matthias Grunsky, Computer Chess

BEST DOCUMENTARY
WINNER: 20 Feet From Stardom, Director/Producer: Morgan Neville, Producers: Gil Friesen & Caitrin Rogers
After Tiller, Directors/Producers: Martha Shane & Lana Wilson
Gideon’s Army, Director/Producer: Dawn Porter, Producer: Julie Goldman
The Act of Killing, Director/Producer: Joshua Oppenheimer, Producers: Joram Ten Brink, Christine Cynn, Anne Köhncke, Signe Byrge Sørensen, Michael Uwemedimo
The Square, Director: Jehane Noujaim, Producer: Karim Amer

BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM
WINNER:
Blue is the Warmest Color (France)
A Touch of Sin (China)
Gloria (Chile)
The Great Beauty (Italy)
The Hunt (Denmark)

BEST FIRST FEATURE
WINNER:
Fruitvale Station, Director: Ryan Coogler; Producers: Nina Yang Bongiovi, Forest Whitaker
Blue Caprice, Director/Producer: Alexandre Moors; Producers: Kim Jackson, Brian O’Carroll, Isen Robbins, Will Rowbotham, Ron Simons, Aimee Schoof, Stephen Tedeschi;
Concussion, Director: Stacie Passon, Producer: Rose Troche
Una Noche, Director/Producer: Lucy Mulloy, Producers: Sandy Pérez Aguila, Maite Artieda, Daniel Mulloy, Yunior Santiago
Wadjda, Director: Haifaa Al Mansour, Producers: Gerhard Meixner, Roman Paul

JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD (best feature made for under $500,000)
WINNER:
This is Martin Bonner, Writer/Director: Chad Hartigan, Producer: Cherie Saulter
Computer Chess, Writer/Director: Andrew Bujalski, Producers: Houston King & Alex Lipschultz
Crystal Fairy, Writer/Director: Sebastiàn Silva, Producers: Juan de Dios Larraín & Pablo Larraín
Museum Hours, Writer/Director: Jem Cohen, Producers: Paolo Calamita & Gabriele Kranzelbinder
Pit Stop, Writer/Director: Yen Tan, Writer: David Lowery, Producers: Jonathan Duffy, James M. Johnston, Eric Steele, Kelly Williams

17th ANNUAL PIAGET PRODUCERS AWARD
Toby Halbrooks & James M. Johnston, Jacob Jaffke, Andrea Roa, Frederick Thornton

20th ANNUAL SOMEONE TO WATCH AWARD
WINNER:
Newlyweeds, Director: Shaka King
My Sister’s Quinceañera, Director: Aaron Douglas Johnston
The Foxy Merkins, Director: Madeline Olnek

19th ANNUAL STELLA ARTOIS TRUER THAN FICTION AWARD
WINNER:
Jason Osder, Let the Fire Burn
Kalyanee Mam, A River Changes Course
Stephanie Spray & Pacho Velez, Manakamana

BRIGHT FUTURE AWARD
Patrick Creadon, Director, If You Build It

ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD
Mud, Director: Jeff Nichols, Casting Director: Francine Maisler, Ensemble Cast: Joe Don Baker, Jacob Lofland, Matthew McConaughey, Ray McKinnon, Sarah Paulson, Michael Shannon, Sam Shepard, Tye Sheridan, Paul Sparks, Bonnie Sturdivant, Reese Witherspoon

 

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