Saturday, January 24, 2009

News: Independent Spirit Awards So Much Better, Anyone?

Having just watched the brilliant Rachel Getting Married, and remembering there is only one nomination for that film in the Academy Awards, and remembering that The Wrestler wasn't up for the awards I've caught wind it should have, and remembering that Synecdoche, New York was nominated not once, not twice, but zero times at the Academy Awards, when it should sweep house, makes me want to give you a list of wildly better films getting the recognition they deserve in the ways they should:

Best Feature:
Frozen River
Rachel Getting Married
Wendy and Lucy
The Wrestler

Best First Feature:
Medicine for Melancholy
Sangre De Mi Sangre
Sleep Dealer
Synecdoche, New York

Best Director:
Chop Shop's Ramin Bahrani
Rachel Getting Married's Jonathan Demme
Ballast's Lance Hammer
Frozen River's Courtney Hunt
The Visitor's Tom McCarthy

Best Male Lead:
Vicky Cristina Barcelona's Javier Bardem
The Visitor's Richard Jenkins
Milk's Sean Penn
The Hurt Locker's Jeremy Renner
The Wrestler's Mickey Rourke

Best Female Lead:
Towelhead's Summer Bishil
Rachel Getting Married's Anne Hathaway
Frozen River's Melissa Leo
Ballast's Tarra Riggs
Wendy and Lucy's Michelle Williams

Best Supporting Male:
Milk's James Franco
The Hurt Locker's Anthony Mackie
Frozen River's Charlie McDermott
Ballast's JimMyron Ross
The Visitor's Haaz Sleiman

Best Supporting Female:
Vicky Cristina Barcelona's Penelope Cruz
Rachel Getting Married's Rosemarie DeWitt
The Take's Rosie Perez
Frozen River's Misty Upham
Rachel Getting Married's Debra Winger

Best Screenplay:
Vicky Cristina Barcelona's Woody Allen
Sugar's Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck
Synecdoche, New York's Charlie Kaufman
Savage Grace's Howard A. Rodman
Sangre De Mi Sangre's Christopher Zalla

Best Cinematography:
The Wrestler
Medicine for Melancholy
Chop Shop

Best Documentary:
The Betrayal
Encounters at the End of the World
Man on Wire
The Order of Myths
Up the Yangtze

Best Foreign Film:
The Class (France)
Gomorra (Italy)
Hunger (U.K./Ireland)
Secret of the Grain (France)
Silent Light (Mexico/France/Netherlands/Germany)


- Eric T. Voigt, Eh.

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