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Will the Indie Spirits Ever Be About the Indie Spirit Again? Was it ever?

Will the Indie Spirits Ever Be About the Indie Spirit Again? Was it ever?

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There really is no difference between awards shows now. When I first started, the Indie Spirits really were about celebrating independent film. I’ve actually been doing this long enough to remember when there wasn’t really such a thing as independent films infiltrating the awards race. Funnily enough, the studio that really changed all of that was Miramax, run by Harvey and Bob Weinstein. They now run The Weinstein Co and…

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The State of the Race: Fumbling Towards Enlightenment

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The Oscars can be a kaleidoscope view of our world — spectacular and surreal. Or they can be a microscope, honing in with sharp perspective on matters we’re obliged to observe with crystal clarity. The themes that course through this year’s Oscar race for Best Picture will likely be far more consequential than stories of a king from the 1930s who stuttered or a silent movie star who lost his…

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Beasts of the Southern Wild Makes it to Round Two for Gotham Audience Award

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Benh Zeitlin’s remarkable Beasts of the Southern Wild was the only non-documentary that went on to the final round for IFP’s Gotham Independent Film Audience Award contest. The other nominees: Artifcat (Jared Leto doc) Invisible War (rape in the military) Burn (about Detroit firefighters) Once in a Lullaby: The PS 22 Chorus Story (about the group getting to sing at the Oscars) Tough lineup I’d say. Beasts of the Southern Wild…

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The State of the Oscar Race – And of These, Hope

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With two weeks before the US Presidential election, nerves are frayed. The horses are kicking in their stalls. Cumulonimbus clouds on the horizon and a country sharply divided. Oscar season had no choice but to start early this year. With ballots being turned in very early in January, there are just two months left to lay it all out. At the end of November and early December we’ll get our…

The Actors of Beasts of the Southern Wild Shafted by SAG Rules

The Actors of Beasts of the Southern Wild Shafted by SAG Rules

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Over at The Hollywood Reporter busy bee Scott Feinberg breaks the news that the actors from Beasts of the Southern Wild are ineligible for Screen Actors Guild awards either in the lead, supporting or ensemble categories. That means there will be no precedent set in case Beasts wins any Oscars in lead actress or supporting since it’s impossible for them to win the SAG.  But lest we forget, SAG made…

Denby on the State of Film and What it Means to be a Critic

Denby on the State of Film and What it Means to be a Critic

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David Denby talks about the dying breed of originality in art — I assume he’s talking about mainstream Hollywood films, which lose their local flavor because they have to be generic enough to appeal to an international audience. I don’t know that I agree with his premise but I think he’s a great writer – and I am looking forward to reading his book. He talks to Rachel Martin on…