Sunday, February 28, 2016

Oscars 2016: Independent Spirit Award Winners

So the Independent Spirit Awards took place last night and interestingly, while it was a pretty diverse set of winners, they still gave Best Feature to the whitest, malest movie on the lineup, Spotlight which also won Director for Thomas McCarthy, Best Screenplay, Best Editing, and the Robert Altman Award for Best Ensemble.

Not to say that Spotlight isn't deserving. I just think that given the other options it was up against, I was hoping they'd be a bit more adventurous. Even if Anomalisa had won, that would've been nice.

As I said, it was a pretty diverse set of winners. Brie Larson assured her place as the winner tonight as she won Best Female Lead for Room. But the other acting winners: Abraham Attah for Best Male Lead, Idris Elba for Best Supporting Male, and Mya Taylor for Best Supporting Female, are all artists of color which is nice.

We also saw female stories being celebrated with The Diary of a Teenage Girl winning Best First Feature for director Marielle Heller and Emma Donoghue winning Best First Screenplay for Room. Even Carol actually won something this awards season! It took home Best Cinematography for Edward Lachman.

So despite Spotlight predictably winning big at the ceremony, I was pretty satisfied with how the event took place. I like all the acting winners and how we got to see diversity be celebrated in the midst of all this #OscarsSoWhite controversy. Be sure to let me know what you thought of the winners in the comments section. Thanks for reading!

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