Saturday, March 6, 2010

Precious Wins Big at the Independent Spirit Awards

Since we're in the midst of a weekend of movie curmudgeonliness (see my review on Alice in Wonderland at Love & Squalor, wait for my Oscar rant.  I honestly don't know who should have Best Picture any longer...so conflicted) on my behalf, the 25th Independent Spirit Awards are not thrilling me.  Precious  swept the show, taking home 5 awards including Best Feature and Best Female Lead.  This is all well and fine, especially when you consider the other nominees (it goes without saying: Antichrist and Julia, a pair of true blue indies, were left out again).  But...Crazy Heart walked off with the Best First Feature award.  Over A Single Man.  Three words: what the hell?  Honestly, did people watch these movies?  The full list is after the break...

BEST FEATURE

Precious
Amreeka
500 Days of Summer
Sin Nombre
The Last Station

BEST FIRST FEATURE
Crazy Heart
A Single Man
Easier With Practice
Paranormal Activity
The Messenger

BEST DIRECTOR
Lee Daniels - Precious
Ethan Coen & Joel Coen - A Serious Man
Cary Fukunaga - Sin Nombre
James Gray - Two Lovers
Michael Hoffman - The Last Station
BEST MALE LEAD
Jeff Bridges - Crazy Heart
Colin Firth - A Single Man
Joseph Gordon-Levitt - 500 Days Of Summer
Souléymane Sy Savané - Goodbye Solo
Adam Scott - The Vicious Kind

BEST FEMALE LEAD
Gabourey Sidibe - Precious
Maria Bello - Downloading Nancy
Helen Mirren - The Last Station
Gwentyth Paltrow - Two Lovers
Nisreen Faour - Amreeka
BEST SUPPORTING MALE
Woody Harrelson - The Messenger
Jemaine Clement - Gentleman Broncos
Christian McKay - Me and Orson Welles
Raymond McKinnon - That Evening Sun
Christopher Plummer - The Last Station


BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE
Mo’Nique - Precious
Dina Korzun - Cold Souls
Samantha Morton - The Messenger
Natalie Press - Fifty Dead Men Walking
Mia Wasikowska - That Evening Sun
BEST SCREENPLAY
Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber - 500 Days Of Summer
Alessandro Camon & Oren Moverman - The Messenger
Michael Hoffman - The Last Station
Lee Toland Krieger - The Vicious Kind
Greg Mottola - Adventureland

BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY
Geoffrey Fletcher - Precious
Sophie Barthes - Cold Souls
Scott Cooper - Crazy Heart
Cherien Dabis - Amreeka
Tom Ford & David Scearce - A Single Man

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Roger Deakins - A Serious Man
Adriano Goldman - Sin Nombre
Anne Misawa - Treeless Mountain
Andrij Parekh - Cold Souls
Peter Zeitlinger - Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans
BEST DOCUMENTARY
Anvil! The Story of Anvil
Food, Inc.
More Than a Game
October Country
Which Way Home

BEST FOREIGN FILM
An Education (UK/France)
A Prophet (France)
Everlasting Moments (Sweden)
Mother (South Korea)
The Maid (Chile)

JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD
(Best feature made for less than $500,000)
Humpday
Big Fan
The New Year Parade
Treeless Mountain
Zero Bridge

ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD
(Given to one film’s director, casting director, and its ensemble cast)
“A Serious Man”
Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Casting Directors: Ellen Chenoweth, Rachel Tenner
Cast: Richard Kind, Sari Lennick, Jessica McManus, Michael Stuhlbarg, Aaron Wolff


PIAGET PRODUCERS AWARD
Karen Chien (The Exploding Girl & Santa Mesa)
Larry Fessenden (I Sell the Dead, The House of the Devil)
Dia Sokol (Beeswax, Nights and Weekends)
SOMEONE TO WATCH AWARD
Tariq Tapa (Zero Bridge)
Kyle Patrick Alvarez (Easier with Practice)
Asiel Norton (Redland)

TRUER THAN FICTION AWARD
Bill Ross & Turner Ross (“45365”)
Natalia Almada (El General)
Jessica Oreck (Beetle Queen Conquer Tokyo)

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