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Saturday, February 21, 2015

The Independent Spirit Awards Weren't as Unpredictable as I Had Hoped

So, the Independent Spirit Awards happened today and there weren't many surprises (unless you count some of my favorites losing to other nominees, for which I weep). But the person who I've been rooting for since day one, Patricia Arquette, took home yet another gold star for her spectacular performance in Boyhood so I can't be too mad about it. And the Polish film, Ida (pictured above), was named best international film, which was also well deserved.

However, some of my other personal picks, which include Man from Reno and A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, went home empty-handed, along with David Oyelowo (Selma) and Justin Lader (The One I Love). Instead, Land Ho!, Nightcrawler, Michael Keaton (Birdman) and Justin Simien (Dear White People) won. Goodness knows I love me some Michael Keaton, but I really hoped that Oyelowo would have this last chance to win an award for a performance that should have consistently garnered attention this entire season.

Anyway, Simien wasn't my choice to win for first screenplay. But his acceptance speech was amazing, and honors the need for diverse voices: "If you don't see yourself in the culture, please put yourself there. Because we need to see you."

Lastly, am I the only one who favors Edward Norton (Birdman) and Ethan Hawke (Boyhood) over over J.K. Simmons (Whiplash)? I don't know, maybe because the two former films are far superior than the latter, but those singular performances left more of an impression on me. Anyone else?

Share your thoughts on the Independent Spirit Awards and read the full list of winners here.


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