‘Moonlight’ Sweeps the Independent Spirit Awards with 6 Wins

The Independent Spirit Awards handed out their prizes last night where “Moonlight” walked away with 6 prizes.  It would have been interesting if some of the cast members had been eligible for the acting categories, it may have ticked up towards 8 or 9 awards. Check out the full list of winners below: BEST FEATURE […]

Interview: ‘Swiss Army Man’ Producers Discuss the Passion of New Filmmakers

“Swiss Army Man” is not a film for everyone. At least not according to one of the film’s producers. The film caused some agitation when it premiered at Sundance last year and quickly gained notoriety for turning star Daniel Radcliffe, once an innocent boy wizard, into cinema’s most flatulent carcass. For fans who have embraced the […]

Circuit Breaker Episode 20: NBR, NYFCC, and Critics Choice Preview With Precursor Kick-Off

Welcome to the Awards Circuit podcast titled “CIRCUIT BREAKER!,” a weekly podcast from AwardsCircuit.com featuring host Clayton Davis along with panelists Sam Coffey, Mark Johnson and Joey Magidson. We discuss movies, television and all the awards shows that need predicting. New episodes are released every Monday. Find us on Twitter at @Circuit_Pod, email us at podcast@awardscircuit.com, and […]

Community: What Were Your Favorite 2016 Spirit Nominations?

Over the last decade, the Independent Spirit Awards have been an excellent place for some Oscar campaigns to begin. Just last year, Brie Larson, Tom McCarthy, and “Son of Saul” began their roads to gold with nominations here. The “Indie Spirits” continue to be an excellent place to showcase the best of independent cinema with the new slew […]

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Independent Spirit Nominations Announced – ‘Moonlight’ and ‘Manchester by the Sea’ Have a Strong Showing

Full List of nominees to be expanded shortly: Robert Altman Award (awarded to one film’s director, casting director & ensemble cast) “Moonlight” Best Director Andrea Arnold – “American Honey” Barry Jenkins – “Moonlight” Pablo Larrain – “Jackie” Jeff Nichols – “Loving” Kelly Reichardt – “Certain Women” Best Feature “American Honey” (A24) “Chronic” “Jackie” (Fox Searchlight […]

“Spotlight” dominates the Spirit Awards

As is the tradition, the day before the Oscars, Film Independent gave our their Independent Spirit Awards. In what was perhaps a bit of a surprise, Tom McCarthy‘s Spotlight was the night’s big victor. The movie took home every prize it was nominated for, including Best Feature, beating back Todd Haynes‘ Carol, among others. The […]

Independent Spirit Nominations Announced! ‘Anomalisa’ Soars!

This year’s batch of Independent Spirit nominees are very exciting.  Firstly, there’s an animated feature (Anomalisa) up for Best Feature, Best Director, AND Best Supporting Actress–a first for this group, I believe.  Secondly, we have two transgender performances nominated, both hailing from Tangerine.  Thirdly, they give Carol two Best Actress nominations, which further puts into […]

Independent Spirit Awards Go for ‘Birdman’ and Richard Linklater

Winners of the 30th annual Independent Spirit Awards have been announced and I think we may have the outcome that could be in tomorrow’s Oscar ceremony.  “Birdman” won Best Picture while Richard Linklater won Best Director for “Boyhood.”  The acting categories went as suspected with Michael Keaton (“Birdman”), Julianne Moore (“Still Alice”), J.K. Simmons (“Whiplash”), […]

Teaser Trailer for ‘Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter’ Starring Independent Spirit Nominee Rinko Kikuchi

In this darkly comedic odyssey, Academy Award nominee Rinko Kikuchi (Babel, Pacific Rim) stars as Kumiko, a frustrated Office Lady whose imagination transcends the confines of her mundane life. Kumiko becomes obsessed with a mysterious, battered VHS tape of a popular film she’s mistaken for a documentary, fixating on a scene where a suitcase of […]

Independent Spirit Awards Go Crazy for ‘Boyhood,’ ‘Birdman,’ and ‘Selma’

The Independent Spirit Awards weighed in on their choices for the best in cinema for the year.  “Birdman” led the nominations with six while “Boyhood,” “Nightcrawler,” and “Selma” all scored five. “Love is Strange” popped up with a Supporting Actor(?) nomination for Alfred Molina while John Lithgow was cited in Lead.  No mentions for “The […]

Oscar Circuit: Independent Spirit Awards Preview

The Independent Spirit Awards will weigh in on the year of independent cinema, Tuesday, November 25.  Since Film Independent never releases an official list of the submitted films, we can only guess based on speculation, budget, and awards prospects. There are some that seem like shoo-ins like Richard Linklater‘s “Boyhood” but the voting group can […]

Independent Spirit Awards Winners Include ’12 Years a Slave’ and Steve McQueen

The Independent Spirit Awards have been given out with Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave emerging as the winner of Best Feature.  As a matter of fact, all the winners look awfully familiar.  Could they have predicted tomorrow night?  Take a look at the winners below.  LOVE the “Short Term 12” win. BEST FEATURE (Award […]

2014 Independent Spirit Awards Predictions

The day before the Academy Awards each year, the Independent Spirit Awards are held, obstensibly to give a moment in the sun to the more indie films out there. This year however, both groups has by and large focused on similar groups of movies. No, the Spirit Awards didn’t nominate Gravity (the budget missed the […]

Awards Circuit Power Hour Episode 74: The Wolf, The Hustle, and Academy Idol Results

Welcome to another edition of the Awards Circuit Power Hour, our weekly podcast diving deep into all things film, television, and entertainment. We cover big news from the last two weeks.  Bruce Dern and Nebraska building buzz, Emma Thompson gets an award, and many ballots are out. Independent Spirit Awards announced their nominees.  They seem a […]

‘Silver Linings Playbook’ nearly sweeps the Independent Spirit Awards!

Potentially previewing tomorrow night’s Oscar ceremony, Silver Linings Playbook had an excellent showing at the Independent Spirit Awards. Winning in all but one of the categories that it was nominated for, there’s clearly some love for David O. Russell’s film. You can take issue with the way the Spirit Awards handles its business (including this […]

Previewing the Independent Spirit Awards!

I’ve often said that my favorite awards show each year usually winds up being the Independent Spirit Awards. Part of that has to do with how the nominees often reflect my tastes more so than many other awards, but also I just really enjoy how unpredictable they can be. It’s not a total love affair […]

Independent Spirit Awards will be held February 23, 2013!

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…the Independent Spirit Awards are consistently my favorite of all the awards shows/precursors during the slow march to the Oscars (and most of the time, I honestly prefer it to the Academy Awards anyway). Of course, this means I get irrationally excited for the show well in […]

Awards Profile: Beasts of the Southern Wild

Directed By: Benh Zeitlin Written By: Lucy Alibar, Behn Zeitlin Cast: Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry Synopsis (from IMDB): Faced with her father’s fading health and environmental changes that release an army of prehistoric creatures called aurochs, six-year-old Hushpuppy leaves her Delta-community home in search of her mother.

‘The Artist’ dominates the Independent Spirit Awards

Definitely not the outcome that I was expecting (or predicting for that matter), but hey…that’s the name of the game. Below is full list of winners from the Spirit Awards, and the rare group of winners from this show that will likely closely mirror Oscar. Go figure. Anyway, here they are: Best Feature: “The Artist” […]

Previewing the Spirit Awards

There’s probably no awards show I like more year in and year out than the Independent Spirit Awards. It’s quirky as can be and tends to honor films the Academy wouldn’t touch with a 10 foot pole. As always, there’s some crossover with Oscar, but no more than usual (though ‘The Artist’ did as well […]

Pariah (***½)

“I am broken. I am broken open. Breaking is freeing. Broken is freedom.  I am not broken.  I am free.” – Alike (Adepero Oduye). Dedication and commitment to a message have made many film projects become realities.  For Dee Rees, it was her own life’s experiences which made her 2007 short film Pariah blossom into […]

Seth Rogen will Host the Spirit Awards!

I’m always a big fan of the Independent Spirit Awards, especially since their host usually gets to have more fun than most.  This year should be a real treat, since Seth Rogen was asked to host the show.  Here’s the story from The Hollywood Reporter: Film Independent has tapped Seth Rogen to host the 2012 Film Independent […]

Independent Spirit Award Nominations

Best Feature: 50/50 Beginners Drive Take Shelter The Artist The Descendants Best Director category: Mike Mills (Beginners) Nicholas W Refn ( Drive) Jeff Nichols (Take Shelter) Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist) Alexander Payne (The Descendants) Best Int’l Film: A Separation Melancholia Shame The Kid With a Bike Tyrranasaur

Independent Spirit Awards Preview

The Independent Spirt Award nominations are fast approaching and they’re one of my very favorite awards of the season.  Besides being s slightly edgier show, one of their many other charms is how unpredictable their nominee slate usually is, and I expect that to be the case again this year.  That makes predicting their nominees […]

Awards Calender

Since the Awards Season is near, I am here to make sure everybody is up to speed on when nominations will be announced and when the awards will be handed out. Below is a calender of all the events to keep an eye out for this Awards Season. NOVEMBER Nov 28th Gotham Independent Film Awards Nov 28th New […]

Sayonara, Summer!

The Big Boys By Robert Hamer And so the summer flies by, and we Oscar prognosticators can steel ourselves for the “real” contenders to roll out over the fall and winter months.  But as we look forward to how this season shapes up, what can we take from this year’s summer slate?  What interesting events […]