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Old 03-22-03, 09:09 PM
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Independent Spirit Awards -- Discussion Thread

Jeez, no thread yet? Here are the winners:

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BEST FEATURE (Award given to the Producer)
"Far From Heaven," Producers: Jody Patton, Christine Vachon

BEST DIRECTOR:
Todd Haynes, "Far From Heaven"

BEST SCREENPLAY
"The Good Girl," Mike White

BEST FIRST FEATURE (Award given to the Director)
"The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys," Director: Peter Care

BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY
"Secretary," Erin Cressida Wilson

JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD (Given to the best feature made for under $500,000)
"Personal Velocity," Director/Writer: Rebecca Miller
Producers: Alexis Alexanian, Lemore Syvan, Gary Winick

BEST DEBUT PERFORMANCE (Actors in their first significant role in a feature film)
Nia Vardalos, "My Big Fat Greek Wedding"

BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE
Emily Mortimer, "Lovely & Amazing"

BEST SUPPORTING MALE
Dennis Quaid, "Far From Heaven"

BEST FEMALE LEAD
Julianne Moore, "Far From Heaven"

BEST MALE LEAD
Derek Luke, "Antwone Fisher"

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Far From Heaven, "Edward Lachman"

BEST FOREIGN FILM (Award given to the Director)
"Y Tu Mama Tambien" - Mexico Director: Alfonso CuarŪn

BEST DOCUMENTARY (Award given to the Director)
"Bowling for Columbine," Director: Michael Moore

SPECIAL PRIZES:

The winner of the 2003 Turning Leaf Coastal Reserve Someone to Watch Award is:
Przemyslaw Reut, director of "Paradox Lake"

The winner of the 2003 DIRECTV / IFC Truer Than Fiction Award is:
Jennifer Dworkin for "Love & Diane"

The winner of the 2003 Motorola Producers Award is:
Effie T. Brown, producer of "Real Women Have Curves" and "Stranger Inside"

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I thought it was a really fun show. Even the political comments were kept to a bearable level (at least for me). Hopefully the comments tomorrow will be at this level or even fewer (although I seriously doubt the show will be as entertaining and enjoyable as this was).
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Looks like Far from Heaven is the big winner. Well deserving, since Oscar seems to have underappreciated it.
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I'm glad Far From Heaven swept.. it's a great film..

If it was a Miramax Production, I'm sure it would be a big contender at the oscars too.
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Does anyone have Michael Moore's speech word for word?
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Great show. Thinking man's Oscars. I've never seen Julianne look more gorgeous.

Todd Haynes wore the worst pants I've ever seen on a human being.
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Originally posted by Alex15
Does anyone have Michael Moore's speech word for word?
No, but he did pretty much repeat it word for word at the Oscars. I appreciated the message, a highlight of both nights, but you think he could have gotten some new material.
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I'm glad to see Dennis Quaid recognized. That was a role of a life time for him
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Don't forget - Independent Spirit Awards

For those that are fans of independent cinema and/or awards shows, the Independent Spirit Awards air tonight, on Bravo, at 10/9 Central. Just a heads up for anybody that wasn't aware or had let it slip their mind. It should make for a nice little Oscar preparation.

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It's almost over on IFC, which shows it live and unbleeped. Not sure if Bravo bleeps but I'd imagine it would.

It's been a good show.
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Yeah, I don't have IFC. For shame.

-JP
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Originally Posted by NatrlBornThrllr
Yeah, I don't have IFC. For shame.

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Maybe I'll post the winners... bwahahahahaha! j/k
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Caught it on IFC this afternoon. Damn cool. I won't comment on it, so as to not spoil anything. Check it out.
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Originally Posted by TomOpus
Maybe I'll post the winners... bwahahahahaha! j/k
Originally Posted by Quezacotl02
I won't comment on it, so as to not spoil anything.
Many thanks for the courtesy, fellas. Red carpet stuff is on Bravo, now.

Originally Posted by TomOpus
Not sure if Bravo bleeps but I'd imagine it would.
They just showed Reservoir Dogs, and it seems the only thing they censored were the "fucks."

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Peter Sarsgaard didn't look too pleased with the song about Kinsey.
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Braff wins! Woot!

I cant believe they mentioned Saints and Soldiers!!!! Great film, people.
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Originally Posted by Third Baseman
Peter Sarsgaard didn't look too pleased with the song about Kinsey.
Paul Giamatti was shaking his head at Tom Arnold's Sideways song. didn't seem very impressed.
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Originally Posted by Cygnet74
Paul Giamatti was shaking his head at Tom Arnold's Sideways song. didn't seem very impressed.
Just saw that. ... wtF?
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funny show so far....glad mean creek and Garden State got some good news...
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Giamatti needs some friends.
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It was a good show. Sideways did it's thing, as expected...but I was glad to see Garden State win an award, and thrilled to see Primer get a best feature nomination. It's an amazing film considering it's budget. Go see it. Maria Full of Grace did pretty well, also. All in all, I'd say the Independent Spirit Awards have more credibility than the Oscars ever will...even if they're held in a tent in the middle of the afternoon with virtually no media coverage.

Oh, and Thomas Haden Church's speech...aww. Ditto for Giamatti's.

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now i actually like bravo (isa's and reservoir dogs back to back? yes!)

giamatti: "i cant even *sob* find the stairs" - for some reason had me laughing
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I am a big fan of Natalie Portman and Cate Blanchet is probably due, but after seeing Sideways last week and seeing Virginia at these awards, I'm totally hoping she wins. Supporting actress is usually a place where a big surprise takes place.

Did anyone else see Gretchen Mol sitting with Jeff Bridges? I wonder what that was about.
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Odd that INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARD nominations are so different than OSCAR nominations

On the IFC channel, they replay the Independent Spirit Awards, and I was surprised to see different actors and actresses nominated that were not nominated for the Academy Award.

I figure it has to be for one of two reasons.

01: because these are essential low-budget, "independent" movies that the Oscar people never bother with?

02: these are good performances by Independent Spirit standards, but not worthy by Oscar standards?

I caught clips from two Best Supporting Actress nominations, and I thought the clips showcased great performances:

01: (from Friends With Money) Frances McDormand
She's in a department store, and she's arguing with people (black people - I forget) that are in the line with her. The store manager tells her she has to leave, and she says something like, Why? Because of THEM? Because of these fucking people?? The guy is literally pulling her out of his store, and she pleads, Can't I just buy the stuff I want?, and the manager says, No, I don't think so. So she just throws all the clothes she's holding at him, and attempts to storm out of the store - and crashes into a plate glass door and collapses.

02: (from American Gun) Marcia Gay Harden
She finds something left on her lawn, and sees two people walking away. She tries to confront them: did you leave this here? why did you leave this here? this is my home, I live here, why did you do this?? The two people are just ignoring her and are still walking away. The neighbor across the street is raking her lawn, and says to Harden: you deserve everything you get.

I thought those performances were so good that it prompted me to look up those two movies - but IMDB and other sites are saying those films are just "meh."
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Originally Posted by Buttmunker
On the IFC channel, they replay the Independent Spirit Awards, and I was surprised to see different actors and actresses nominated that were not nominated for the Academy Award.

I figure it has to be for one of two reasons.

01: because these are essential low-budget, "independent" movies that the Oscar people never bother with?

02: these are good performances by Independent Spirit standards, but not worthy by Oscar standards?

I caught clips from two Best Supporting Actress nominations, and I thought the clips showcased great performances:

01: (from Friends With Money) Frances McDormand
She's in a department store, and she's arguing with people (black people - I forget) that are in the line with her. The store manager tells her she has to leave, and she says something like, Why? Because of THEM? Because of these fucking people?? The guy is literally pulling her out of his store, and she pleads, Can't I just buy the stuff I want?, and the manager says, No, I don't think so. So she just throws all the clothes she's holding at him, and attempts to storm out of the store - and crashes into a plate glass door and collapses.

02: (from American Gun) Marcia Gay Harden
She finds something left on her lawn, and sees two people walking away. She tries to confront them: did you leave this here? why did you leave this here? this is my home, I live here, why did you do this?? The two people are just ignoring her and are still walking away. The neighbor across the street is raking her lawn, and says to Harden: you deserve everything you get.

I thought those performances were so good that it prompted me to look up those two movies - but IMDB and other sites are saying those films are just "meh."
I think the only positive thing I can say about 'Friends with Money' was Frances McDormand's acting - and the above mentioned scene was rivetting.
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Originally Posted by Buttmunker
I figure it has to be for one of two reasons.

01: because these are essential low-budget, "independent" movies that the Oscar people never bother with?

02: these are good performances by Independent Spirit standards, but not worthy by Oscar standards?
Or

03: The voters are film snobs who wouldn't dare vote for the Oscar-friendly mainstream movies, so they can feel superior and because they are so "independent".

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