This is the first of two posts today about awards season, as it all comes to the grand finale tonight with the 89th Annual Academy Awards. They can be viewed on a dedicated Sky Movies channel in the UK and on ABC in the US.
I'll post my predictions for who will win at the Oscars tonight in a little bit, but first there's the small matter of a couple of other awards to deal with first.
INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARDS
Yesterday- Saturday 25th February- saw the handing out of the Independent Spirit Awards, in a ceremony hosted by Nick Kroll (Loving, Sing, Vacation) and John Mulaney (Mayne Street, Saturday Night Live). These honour films made (partly or wholly) outside the major film studio system. Some of the winners are below.
Best Feature: Moonlight
Best Female Lead: Isabelle Huppert (Elle)
Best Male Lead: Casey Affleck (Manchester By The Sea)
Best Supporting Female: Molly Shannon (Other People)
Best Supporting Male: Ben Foster (Hell Or High Water)
Best Director: Barry Jenkins (Moonlight)
Best Screenplay: Moonlight
Best First Screenplay: The Witch
Best Cinematography: Moonlight
Best First Feature: The Witch
Best International Film: Toni Erdmann
Best Documentary: O.J.: Made In America
John Cassavetes Award: Spa Night
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.
Moonlight was the big winner of the evening, with six awards (including the prestigious Robert Altman Award) Can it pull off what many would see as an upset by taking home the main prize at tonight's Oscars? That could indeed be a possibility. Casey Affleck adds another trophy to his haul (and almost certainly will add another one tonight), whilst wins for Toni Erdmann and O.J.: Made In America won't do their chances of Oscar glory any harm either.
Here's the full 'winners' list:
Worst Picture: Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party
Worst Director: Dinesh D'Souza & Bruce Schooley (Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party)
Worst Actor: Dinesh D'Souza [as Himself] (Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party)
Worst Actress: Becky Turner [as Hillary Clinton] (Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party)
Worst Supporting Actor: Jesse Eisenberg (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice)
Worst Supporting Actress: Kristen Wiig (Zoolander No. 2)
Worst Remake, Sequel Or Rip-Off: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Worst Screen Combo: Ben Affleck & Henry Cavill (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice)
Worst Screenplay: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Razzie Redeemer: Mel Gibson
Whilst I'm not surprised by the kicking that Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice got, at least it can count itself lucky in some respects. Hillary's America 'won' all bar one of its nominations and the co-director/writer/lead actor Dinesh D'Souza has responded to the wins (much in the same way he did to the nominations). This is the first time in the history of the Razzies that a documentary has won Best Picture.
The Razzie Redeemer wasn't voted on by the users of Rotten Tomatoes this year (they instead voted for Worst Screen Combo) but Gibson's work on Hacksaw Ridge does warrant praise.
This just leaves the Oscars tonight. As promised, my predictions for the big winners will be coming soon.