“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 […]

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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” […]