Friday , September 18 2020

Independent Spirit Awards

The final awards leading up to tonight’s Oscars were the Independent Spirit Awards, for, um, independent movies. They were announced yesterday in a tent on Santa Monica beach – sounds windy and indie:

    Best Feature
    Lost in Translation (Focus Features)
    Producers: Sofia Coppola and Ross Katz

    Best Director
    Sofia Coppola
    Lost in Translation (Focus Features)
    * First-time filmmakers are not eligible for this category

    Best Screenplay
    Sofia Coppola
    Lost in Translation (Focus Features)

    Best First Feature
    Monster (Newmarket Films)
    Director: Patty Jenkins
    Producers: Mark Damon, Donald Kushner, Clark Peterson, Charlize Theron, Brad Wyman

    Best First Screenplay
    Thomas McCarthy
    The Station Agent (Miramax Films)

    John Cassavetes Award (For the Best Feature made for under $500,000)
    The Station Agent (Miramax Films)
    Writer/Director: Thomas McCarthy
    Producers: Mary Jane Skalski, Robert May, Kathryn Tucker

    Best Debut Performance
    Nikki Reed
    Thirteen (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
    *Actors making their first appearance in a feature film

    Best Supporting Female
    Shohreh Aghdashloo
    House of Sand and Fog (Dreamworks Pictures)

    Best Supporting Male
    Djimon Hounsou
    In America (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

    Best Female Lead
    Charlize Theron
    Monster (Newmarket Films)

    Best Male Lead
    Bill Murray
    Lost in Translation (Focus Features)

    Best Cinematography
    Declan Quinn
    In America (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

    Best Foreign Film
    Whale Rider (Newmarket Films)
    Director: Niki Caro

    Best Documentary
    The Fog of War (Sony Pictures Classics)
    Director: Errol Morris

    Producers Award
    Mary Jane Skalski, producer of The Station Agent and The Jimmy Show

    Turning Leaf Someone To Watch Award
    Andrew Bujalski, director of Funny Ha Ha

    DIRECTV/IFC Truer Than Fiction Award
    Megan Mylan and Jon Shenk, directors of Lost Boys of Sudan

    Special Distinction Award
    21 Grams
    Director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
    Screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga
    Producer Robert Salerno
    Sean Penn
    Benicio Del Toro
    Naomi Watts

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