Awards season is nearly over for another year (I hear some sighs and a lot of relief). There's just one more to go- the big one- the 85th Annual Academy Awards which is tonight (February 24th). It can be viewed on a dedicated Sky Movies channel in the UK and on ABC in the US. But before I turn my eyes to the Oscars, here's a round-up of the rest of the awards ceremony that have taken place in the last week.
WRITERS' GUILD AWARDS
The WGA Awards- which honour both television and film writing, were presented on Sunday February 17th. Here are the film winners.
Original Screenplay: Zero Dark Thirty
Adapted Screenplay: Argo
Documentary Screenplay: Searching For Sugar Man
Both Zero Dark Thirty and Argo are nominated in their respective writing categories for the Oscars, so wins here will bolster their chances for winning at the Academy Awards. There is no category for documentary writing at the Oscars but Searching For Sugar Man has had a lot of recognition at various awards ceremonies so stands a good chance tonight.
INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARDS
Yesterday- Saturday 23rd February- saw the handing out of the Independent Spirit Awards. These honour films made (partly or wholly) outside the major film studio system. Some of the winners are below.
Best Feature: Silver Linings Playbook
Best Female Lead: Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook)
Best Male Lead: John Hawkes (The Sessions)
Best Supporting Female: Helen Hunt (The Sessions)
Best Supporting Male: Matthew McConaughey (Magic Mike)
Best Director: David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook)
Best Screenplay: Silver Linings Playbook
Best First Screenplay: Safety Not Guaranteed
Best Cinematography: Beasts Of The Southern Wild
Best First Feature: The Perks Of Being A Wallflower
Best International Film: Amour
Best Documentary: The Invisible War
John Cassavetes Award: Middle Of Nowhere
The John Cassavetes Award is given to the creative team of a film budgeted at less than $500,000. As an aside, I like the fact that most of the films mentioned on this list have had widespread cinema release. It's proof that independent film-making is not only alive and well but is breaking out of the niche that it's often put in. The full list of winners can be found here.
As is traditional, last night (the night before the Oscars ceremony) also saw the 33rd Annual Golden Raspberry Awards. Dishonouring the worst in film in 2012, there was one overwhelming 'winner' among the ten categories awarded.
Worst Picture: Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2
Worst Actor: Adam Sandler (That's My Boy!)
Worst Actress: Kristen Stewart (Snow White And The Huntsman and Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2)
Worst Supporting Actor: Taylor Lautner (Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2)
Worst Supporting Actress: Rihanna (Battleship)
Worst Screen Ensemble: The Entire Cast of Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2
Worst Director: Bill Condon (Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2)
Worst Remake, Rip-Off or Sequel: Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2
Worst Screen Couple: Mackenzie Foy and Taylor Lautner (Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2)
Worst Screenplay: That's My Boy!
So that's pretty much covered the rest of the awards given out. But who will win the Oscars? My predictions for the winners of the Big Six, coming up soon.