An echo reverberated around Hollywood last night, one that had started at the Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday. Previous years have seen a growing resemblance between the Oscar and Spirit nominations lists. This year, they were closer than ever, especially when it came to the winners.
All four acting awards at both events went to exactly the same people, each one the favourite for their particular trophy. Cate Blanchett won Best Actress for Blue Jasmine, completing her clean sweep of the major acting awards for this year (Globe, BAFTA, Oscar). Lupita Nyong’o in 12 Years A Slave edged out Jennifer Lawrence for Best Supporting Actress, scuppering the film’s chance of an award. Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto, both from Dallas Buyers Club, took Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor respectively, so Leo DiCaprio and Michael Fassbender have to wait another year.
The echo continued for Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave, awarded Best Feature and Best Screenplay at the Spirit Awards, plus Best Director for the man himself. The American Academy gave its Director’s award to Alfonso Cuaron for Gravity, but the other two Oscars went to McQueen’s film.
Gravity didn’t feature in the Spirit Awards at all, but made its presence felt at the Oscars winning a total of seven trophies. As well as the Best Director gong, it won Special Visual Effects, which was no surprise, Original Music and several other technical awards. For those interested in numbers, it was the big winner of the night.
There weren’t any big upsets, although two awards did cause a few raised eyebrows. The Act Of Killing had been widely expected to take Best Documentary but this went instead to 20 Feet From Stardom, a documentary about backing singers. And, while many pundits had hoped Spike Jonze might win Best Original Screenplay for Her, few thought he would actually pull it off – which he did.
The Great Gatsby also took home two trophies, for Costume Design and Production Design while Disney’s Frozen wasn’t left out in the cold, winning Animation and Best Original Song.
But definitely frozen out were the likes of American Hustle, Captain Phillips, The Wolf Of Wall Street, Nebraska and Philomena, all of whom went home empty handed. A tough call, especially for David O Russell and co, who had ten nominations and must have thought they could win at least one.
Oh, yes, and there was THAT selfie. Something that the Spirit Awards definitely didn’t have!
The full list of winners is available at http://www.oscars.org.