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Saturday, February 27, 2016

My Take on the Independent Spirit Awards: Your Move, Oscars

To all you Carol fans (and there seem to be a lot of you): your beloved film went home with one solitary award at Saturday's Film Independent Spirit Awards. A well deserved recognition to cinematographer Ed Lachman--proving my point that the only truly remarkable thing about the movie is its poignant visuals.

Go ahead and weep. I know you were betting your firstborn on at least Rooney Mara take home a statuette. [insert evil laugh here]

But I digress. The low-key ceremony was, as usual, not only entertaining (thanks to hosts Kate McKinnon and Kumail Nanjiani), but actually gratifying to watch. True, my personal favorite Advantageous lost the John Cassavetes award and Mya Taylor did in fact end up winning for her performance in the problematic Tangerine (making her the first transgender actress to win a Spirit Award). But then again:

  1. Taylor's acceptance speech was especially endearing
  2. Abraham Attah won for his staggering portrayal in Beasts of No Nation (solidifying his MVP status)
  3. The lovely ladies of Room (actress Brie Larson and screenwriter Emma Donaghue) reminded me that sometimes these awards get it right with their wins

Given the positive energy of the ceremony, built on the idea of inclusion and support of the independent community, I'm not going to reiterate how still completely baffled I am about all this love for the mostly generic Spotlight. Oops, I guess I just did. 

Check out the full list of winners over on Deadline


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