Can the results of the Independent Spirit Awards be taken as an indicator for the Oscars? We’ll know in less than 24 hours’ time but with independent films growing in distribution and recognition, they’re now a regular feature amongst the Academy’s nominees. And, if the success of The Artist last year is anything to go by, David O Russell and the crew behind Silver Linings Playbook must be hoping they’re on a roll.
The film was the big winner over night at the Spirit Awards, taking four major trophies. Jennifer Lawrence received the Best Actress Award, but whether she’ll make it a double at tomorrow night’s ceremony is anybody’s guess, as she’s up against the joint might of Jessica Chastain in Zero Dark Thirty and Emmanuelle Riva for Amour.
Silver Linings Playbook also bagged Best Feature Film and Best Director, along with Best Screenplay, although it’s unlikely to repeat those wins tomorrow, with Messrs Affleck and Spielberg in the way.
The Sessions took two major acting awards. John Hawkes won Best Actor, while Helen Hunt received Best Supporting Actress and, while they were both well deserved, their equivalent categories at the Oscars each have an extremely hot favourite. There’s some guy – Day-Lewis is it? – in with a chance for Best Actor.
With a nomination for both Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor, Matthew McConaughey stood a better than average chance of winning something and he took the latter award for his role in Magic Mike.
Beasts of The Southern Wild, the rank outsider at the Academy’s shindig, took home just one trophy, for Best Cinematography. And, sadly, despite five nominations for Moonrise Kingdom, Wes Anderson went home empty handed as the film failed to pick up anything.
So, the last red carpet is in sight and all roads lead to the Oscars in the wee small hours of Monday morning (for us Brits), so don’t forget to check out The Coops Review for the results, or listen to me via the internet on The Wireless from Age UK after 9 am.