This is the first of two posts today about awards season, as it all comes to the grand finale tonight with the 88th Annual Academy Awards. They can be viewed on a dedicated Sky Movies channel in the UK and on ABC in the US.
Before we get to that, this weekend also saw another two sets of awards handed out.
INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARDS
Yesterday- Saturday 28th February- saw the handing out of the Independent Spirit Awards, in a ceremony hosted by Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live, Ghostbusters) and Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley, Adventure Time). These honour films made (partly or wholly) outside the major film studio system. Some of the winners are below.
Best Feature: Spotlight
Best Female Lead: Brie Larson (Room)
Best Male Lead: Abraham Attah (Beasts Of No Nation)
Best Supporting Female: Mya Taylor (Tangerine)
Best Supporting Male: Idris Elba (Beasts Of No Nation)
Best Director: Tom McCarthy (Spotlight)
Best Screenplay: Spotlight
Best First Screenplay: Room
Best Cinematography: Carol
Best First Feature: The Diary Of A Teenage Girl
Best International Film: Son Of Saul
Best Documentary: The Look Of Silence
John Cassavetes Award: Krisha
The John Cassavetes Award is given to the creative team of a film budgeted at less than $500,000. The full list of winners can be found here.
I'm overjoyed that Spotlight swept the board, with four awards (and was also given the Robert Altman Award), and I'd like to see that repeated tonight- although probably not. Beasts Of No Nation and Room picked up two awards, and Brie Larson adds another trophy to her impressive haul (with surely one more to come tonight). Many of these films also have Oscar presence as well, which shows that independent filmmaking isn't always the niche people think it is.
As is traditional, last night (the night before the Oscars ceremony) also saw the 36th Annual Golden Raspberry Awards. One film really stood out against the pack this year, garnering five awards.
Here's the full 'winners' list:
Worst Picture: Fantastic Four and Fifty Shades Of Grey
Worst Director: Josh Trank (Fantastic Four)
Worst Actor: Jamie Dornan (Fifty Shades Of Grey)
Worst Actress: Dakota Johnson (Fifty Shades Of Grey)
Worst Supporting Actor: Eddie Redmayne (Jupiter Ascending)
Worst Supporting Actress: Kaley Cuoco (Alvin & The Chipmunks: Road Chip/The Wedding Ringer)
Worst Remake, Sequel Or Rip-Off: Fantastic Four
Worst Screen Combo: Jamie Dornan & Dakota Johnson (Fifty Shades Of Grey)
Worst Screenplay: Fifty Shades Of Grey
Razzie Redeemer: Sylvester Stallone
Fifty Shades Of Grey was the runaway 'winner' with the utter trainwreck that was Fantastic Four snapping at its heels with three. I very much doubt Eddie Redmayne will be losing too much sleep about his win, as he'll be more concerned with the Oscars tonight. It's also heartening to see Stallone get another Razzie- he is the all-time greatest Razzie winner- but this time it's for turning it all around with Creed.
So that's awards season almost wrapped up. All that remains is the big one: the Oscars. So next up will be my predictions for Best Picture, Best Director and the four acting categories.