Golden Rule: Independent Spirit Brings Life To Oscar Hopefuls

With Oscar Season in full swing we’re continuing our coverage with a look at Today’s announcement of the Independent Spirit Awards Nominations. We’ll take a look at what films were nominated, and dive into the connection to the Oscars themselves.

The Independent Spirit Awards or Film Independent Spirit Awards recognize achievement in Independent Film for each year. The films nominated traditionally must be made on a budget of $20 million or less. The nominees are decided by and nominated by members of Film Independent. An organization that helps provide resources for independent film makers. Just about anyone can sign up to be a member of Film Independent, and many high level individuals in the industry now are members of the organization.

This year will be the 33rd annual awards, and in recent years these have been one of the biggest indicators of what will be nominated and what will win come Oscar night. Many of the categories tend to copy over to the Oscars and in the past 6 years the Best Picture winner at the Oscars won the Best Feature Award at the Film Independent Awards. A big part of this is probably due to the overlay of members in both groups. But no matter what it gives good reason to pay attention.

The nominees were released today for the 33rd Annual Awards here’s the full list:

Best Feature
Call Me By Your Name
The Florida Project
Get Out
Lady Bird
The Rider

Best First Feature
Columbus
Ingrid Goes West
Menashe
Oh Lucy!
Patti Cake$

Best DirectorCall Me By Your Name
Sean Baker – The Florida Project
Jonas Carpignano – A Ciambra
Luca Guadagnino – Call Me By Your Name
Jodan Peele – Get Out
Benny Safdie, John Safdie – Good Time
Chloé Zhao – The Rider

Best Female Lead
Salma Hayek – Beatriz at Dinner
Frances McDormand – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Margot Robbie – I, Tonya
Saoirse Ronan – Lady Bird
Shinobu Terejima – Oh Lucy!
Regina Williams – Life and Nothing More

Best Male Lead
Timothée Chalamet – Call Me By Your Name
Harris Dickinson – Beach Rats
James Franco – The Disaster Artist
Daniel Kaluuya – Get Out
Robert Pattinson – Good Time

Best Supporting Female
Holy Hunter – The Big Sick
Allison Janney – I, Tonya
Laurie Metcalf – Lady Bird
Lois Smith – Marjorie Prime
Taliah Lennice Webster – Good Time

Best Supporting Male
Nnamdi Asomugha – Crown Heights
Armie Hammer – Call Me By Your Name
Barry Keoghan – The Killing Of A Sacred Deer
Sam Rockwell – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Benny Safdie – Good Time

Best Screenplay
Greta Gerwig – Lady Bird
Azazel Jacobs – The Lovers
Martin McDonagh – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Jordan Peele – Get Out
Mike White – Beatriz at Dinner

Best First ScreenplayBIg Sick
Kris Avedisian – Donald Cried
Emily V. Gordon, Kumail Nanjiani – The Big Sick
Ingrid Jungermann – Women Who Kill
Kogonada – Columbus
David Branson, Matt Spicer – Ingrid Goes West

Best International Film
BPM (Beats Per Minute)
A Fantastic Woman
I Am Not A Witch
Lady Macbeth
Loveless

Best Documentary Feature
The Departure
Faces Places
Last Men in Aleppo
Motherland
Quest

Best Cinematography
Thimios Bakatakis – The Killing of a Sacred Deer
Elisha Christian – Columbus
Hélène Louvart – Beach Rats
Sayombhu Mukdeeprom – Call Me By Your Name
Joshua James Richards – The Rider

Best Editing
Ronald Bronstein, Benny Safdie – Good Time
Walter Fasano – Call Me By Your Name
Alex O’Flinn – The Rider
Gregory Plotkin – Get Out
Tatiana S. Riegel – I, Tonya

John Cassavetes Award
Dayveon
A Ghost Story
Life and Nothing More
Most Baautiful Island
The Transfiguration

Robert Altman Award
Mudbound

Bonnie Award
So Young Kim
Lynn Shelton
Chloé Zhao

Someone To Watch Award
Aman Abbasi – Director of Dayveon
Justin Cho – Director of Gook
Kevin Phillips – Director of Super Dark Times

Piaget Producers Award
Giulia Caruso & Ki Jin Kim
Ben LeClair
Summer Shelton

Truer than Fiction Award
Shevaun Mizrahi – Driector of Distant Constellation
Jonathan Olshefksi – Director of Quest
Jeff Unay – Director of The Cage Fighter

The two most interesting aspects here are Get Out and The Big Sick. Those two films have been on many lists this year as Oscar Hopefuls. They’re both amazing films, that tell a story different from the traditional “White American” fare that’s been seen year in and year out at the Oscars. While both films have an uphill battle to get some nominations and wins at the Oscars, there’s still a good chance for both films. The Academy doesn’t often focus on comedies (especially romantic comedies) or horror films, but they tend to make an exception for films that transcend their respective genres and are truly amazing films. The Big Sick and Get Out both fall into that category this year.

The most surprising aspect is probably Good Time. That film has been slightly under the radar this year, though has been getting positive word of mouth. With nominations in three acting categories and directing it’s a film to keep an eye on. It’s also slightly surprising that William Dafoe wasn’t nominated for supporting actor for The Florida Project. He has been getting tons of acclaim for his role in the film, with many saying it’s a career best performance. There’s a decent chance he may still take a nomination for the Oscars. Beatriz at Dinner is slightly surprising as well. Before the film came out there were some slight murmurs of awards potential, but after the film was released there wasn’t much talk. The fact that it’s nominated for screenplay and for Salma Hayek’s lead role is a bit of a surprise. But a very welcome one.

For now we’ll have to see how things play out in the coming months. And we’ll have a lot more answers on January 23rd when the Oscar nominees are announced and on March 4th when the Oscars air live on ABC. Also be sure to check out the Independent Spirit Award on Saturday March 3rd, they’re going to be the final sign of what may happen the following evening.

Good Time

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Written by Alex Lancaster
(Alex is a life long film fan, and has dedicated his life to watching, making and obsessing over films. His favorite film is Big Fish, and he despises Avatar. He has a 3 year old son. And a bad habit of saying more than he needs to. Follow @alex5348 on Twitter)
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