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Sunday, March 2, 2014

12 YEARS A SLAVE And DALLAS BUYERS CLUB Are The Big Winners At The 2014 Independent Spirit Awards

So, despite the fact that I hate doing awards predictions, I think it's pretty safe to say to conclude that 12 Years a Slave will win the best picture Oscar tomorrow. If you were still on the fence, Saturday's Independent Spirit Awards should have removed all doubt from your mind. Once Angela Bassett (who looked gorgeous in a slinky red dress) announced the Steve McQueen-directed film as best feature winner, the crowd stood up and gave it a standing ovation, which should probably tell you everything. I can only imagine the sound of souls crushing if it does not win the Oscar.

But enough about that. What was Lupita Nyong'o wearing, you ask? Well, I can only describe as a metallic romper, but if anyone can pull that number off, it would be her. As you can see in the picture above, Nyong'o also took home a trophy for best supporting actress (which pretty much solidifies her Oscar chances as well).

Other predicted winners include Matthew McConaughey, who took home the best actor award for Dallas Buyers Club, wearing what looked like a brass suit with blue sneakers.

His fellow Dallas actor, Jared Leto, won for best supporting actor, looking like he just arived from a bitchin' Woodstock event dressed in a kilt, jeans, a motorcycle jacket and a scarf (seriously). But, look at this face:

He's just too adorable to even notice his hobowear. Cate Blanchett (also known as Cate the Great) paid tribute to three powerful voices in film who passed away last year--Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Roger Ebert and James Gandolfini--before accepting the award for best lead actress for Blue Jasmine.

I've stared at her dress so many times, and still can't figure out what she was going for with the crazy inconsistent pattern. But it did fit her like a glove. (Needless to say, I wasn't really blown away by any of the fashion here, not even in its own quirky way). Also of note, Ryan Coogler won best first feature for Fruitvale Station, which was a really special moment as the entire cast joined him on stage (Octavia Spencer actually presented the award to him). That was a particularly tough category so kudos for Coogler on a well deserved win. 

Check out the complete list of winners below:

Best Feature
12 Years A Slave

Best Director
Steve McQueen, 12 Years A Slave

Best Female Lead
Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine

Best Male Lead
Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club

Best Screenplay
John Ridley, 12 Years A Slave

Best Supporting Female
Lupita Nyong'o, 12 Years a Slave

Best Supporting Male
Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club

Best First Screenplay
Bob Nelson, Nebraska

Best Cinematography
Sean Bobbitt, 12 Years A Slave

Best Editing
Nat Sanders, Short Term 12

Best Documentary
20 Feet From Stardom, Director/Producer: Morgan Neville, Producers: Gil Friesen & Caitrin Rogers

Best International Film
Blue is the Warmest Color (France)

Best First Feature
Fruitvale Station, Director: Ryan Coogler; Producers: Nina Yang Bongiovi, Forest Whitaker

John Cassavetes Award
This is Martin Bonner, Writer/Director: Chad Hartigan, Producer: Cherie Saulter

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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