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Film Independent Spirit Awards Live Blog!

Film Independent Spirit Awards 2019

Stay tuned and refresh the page. Editor-In-Chief Adam Kautzer is covering the Press Room and all the going-on’s at the Awards Show.

4:36 pm – and that does it from Santa Monica and the Film Independent Spirit Awards!

4:31 pm – If Beale Street Could Talk wins Best Feature!

4:30 pm – Glenn Close and Pippa (her dog) surprise the press room and joins us! They are currently working on Sunset Blvd the Musical for her to reprise her role as Norma Desmond and they do have a writer for it!

4:25 pm – The beauty of this show is that it is actually going to finish almost exactly on time. How can the Oscars beat that? Honestly, I don’t know. This by far has been one of the most delightfully refreshing and entertaining awards shows of the 2018/2019 season.

4:20 pm – Glenn Close wins for Best Female Lead for The Wife with her dog coming on stage with her!!!! This dog is taking the spotlight. The Oscars could use a few more dogs.

4:13 pm – Ethan Hawke wins Best Male Lead for First Reformed Amanda Seyfried accpts for Hawke

4:07 pm – Jenkins is amazing. Personally thanking Lynne Ramsay is legitimately amazing.

4:05 pm – Barry Jenkins wins for Best Director If Beale Street Could Talk

4:04 pm – Nicole Holofcener takes the stage in the press room. Discussing how this project initially started as her own to direct, she did not.

4:03 pm – Sayombhu Mukdeeprom wins Best Cinematography for Suspiria.

4:00 pm – Queen Laura Dern comes to the stage to present Cinematography and Director!

3:58 pm – We are down to the last four awards; Best Picture, Best Director, Best Female Lead, Best Male Lead. This show flies!!! Still no Regina King in the press room. Looks like we won’t get her in here.

3:52 pm – Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty win Best Screenplay for Can You Ever Forgive Me?

3:42 pm – Morgan Neville takes the stage in the press room after his win for Best Documentary. Neville discusses how Won’t You Be My Neighbor? was the perfect antidote for our unsure times. People asked if there was any dirt he found out about Mr. Rogers, short answer is no. 

3:40 pm – Best Supporting Female goes to Regina King wins in If Beale Street Could Talk

3:32 pm – The entire female cast and casting director Stella Savino of Suspiria take the stage at the press room. Savino discussed her and Luca Guadagnino’s inspiration for casting the film and how it was definitely from the European cinema of the 1970’s.

3:30 pm – Won’t You Be My Neighbor? wins Best Documentary

3:20 pm – The Robert Altman Award is presented to the best Ensemble cast of the year. Suspiria definitely fills that bill.

3:17 pm – Armie Hammer presents the Robert Altman Award to Suspiria!!!

3:14 pm – Boots Riley takes the stage. He begins with his comments about our current President and how he was a long line of crooked “steps”, though he was the worst. Riley discusses what he was going to say in the awards which were the CIA sanctioned government coups. Discussed how Sorry To Bother You‘s social themes are more and more relevant. How the award has affirmed that possibly could lead to more films like his, e.g. socially aware and entertaining original films.

3:11 pm – Joe Bini takes the stage in the press room after his Best Editing Win. How he worked on keeping You Were Never Really Here lean from the beginning. How he worked with Werner Herzog and his history with Andrea Arnold (Fish Tank) and Lynn Ramsey (who directed You Were Never Really Here). The best quote on what he looks for in Fictional films, “I work on really weird films”.

3:06 pm – Alfonso Caron takes the stage in the Press Room. Discusses the challenges in making the film and what the awards means to the community writ large and how Latinos are using it as a platform for discussion and communication.

3:05 pm – Boots Riley wins for Best First Feature for Sorry to Bother You taking the stage with LeKeith Stanfield!!!

3:01 pm – Joe Bini wins for Best Editing for You Were Never Really Here

2:56 pm – Debra Granik takes the stage at the press room and discusses her influences (Werner Herzog!!!), and her methodology in her work, and how she wants to ensure her work features the struggle and daily life of people who financially struggle to survive.

2:55 pm – If Roma is playing on 70mm or in a theater please go see it. The Netflix film shouldn’t be seen on a TV monitor no matter what is said.

2:54 pm – Roma wins for Best International Film!!!!

2:53 pm – The Bonnie Award is a $50,000 award that is given to one Female filmmaker to allow them to search creatively on their own their voice without worry of financial obligation.

2:51 pm – Debra Granik wins for the Bonnie Award!

2:48 pm – The Producing team of En El Septimo Dia. They discuss the film’s plot which because of the limited nature of the film’s release have not seen. How they casted the film and how much of the community of Sunset Park were so giving and wanting to help.

2:47 pm – The talented Kiki Lane presents the Best Picture Nominee If Beale Street Could Talk. They show the most powerful of scenes from the film, which may or may not be our EIC’s favorite film of the Nominees.

2:45 pm – For those of you interested Eight Grade is on Amazon Prime. You can watch it for free!!!

2:42 pm – The trailer for En El Septimo Dia:

2:40 pm – The John Cassavetes Award given to the best feature made for under $500,000; award given to the writer, director and producer. Executive Producers are not awarded.

John Cassavetes Award given to the best feature made for under $500,000; award given to the writer, director and producer. Executive Producers are not awarded.

2:38 pm – En El Septimo Dia wins the Cassavettes’ Award!!!

2:33 pm – Burnham takes the stage in the press room. A lot taller than you would expect, like 6’3″tall. Re: Awarding the Script, “They are basically awarding Elise”. Burnham had nothing but praise for his young star. He wants to work Fischer but also wants her to be a normal kid and “live her life”. Discusses how writing the screenplay anxiety helped, which it didn’t, how “exposure” helped his issues.

2:29 pm – Bo Burnham wins for Best First Original Screenplay!!!

2:27 pm – Grant takes the stage in the press room. He discusses the value of the Independent Spirit award and the awards in general. Chris O’dowd and Sam Rockwell passed on the role. He wasn’t sure where it was going to go in his home. He wasn’t aware much about the real-life person that Jack was based on. Discussed the different experience of being directed by a female and male.

2:17 pm – Grant discusses how Daniel Day-Lewis passed on Withnail and I! Damn is all I have to say. But if you’ve ever seen Whitnail is the best with Grant.

2:16 pm – The Winner is RICHARD E GRANT!!!!

2:15 pm – Glenn Close comes up for the first award … Best Supporting Male.

2:12 pm – Plaza’s opening monologue kills. Taking down, in the best way possible, Paul Schrader, Cedric the Entertainer, Paul Schrader, Adam Driver, Glenn Close, Bo Burman, Elise Fisher, The Favorite, and John Waters (who’s “directing” the show).

2:06 pm – Aubrey Plaza opens with a Witchcraft short film with Rosanna Arquette, Christina Ricci, Sharon Stone, Marcia Gay Harden, Marisa Tomei, Bryan Tyree Henry, and Finn Wolfhard!! It’s a pretty great moment, something that the Oscar imitates but can’t perfect. The entire thing is so… Aubrey Plaza. One up Oscars.

2:05 pm – The President has made it nicely clear… Speeches, keep it passionate but keep it brief. And we are off!

2:00 pm – They announced a new grant The Chaz and Roger Ebert fellowship!

1:45 pm – It as begun. The President of Film Independent takes the stage to give thanks and praise to Aubrey Plaza, the support of the sponsorship that helps not only the Awards but all of the grants they give out.

1:00 pm – Nominees and Stars have begin to arrive!

11:01 am – I would direct you to the Facebook Page but we won’t be updating that. Only the Article will be there.

11:00 am – You can always follow us on Twitter;

10:30 am – Let’s break down all the nominees for you so you’re good and ready for the show.

Remember these are your NOT Oscar Nominees. They’re waaaaaaaay cooler in cooler films. Remember this is the show that nominated Toni Collette for best actress in Hereditary AND Elise Fisher for Eight Grade. This is the show that was correct in nominating If Beale Street Could Talk for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Screenplay amongst others. `

Best Picture

Eight Grade

First Reformed

If Beale Street Could Talk

Leave No Trace

Were You Ever Really Here

Best First Feature


Sorry to Bother You

The Tale

We the Animals

Wild Life

Best Director

Debra Granik – Leave No Trace

Barry Jenkins – If Beale Street Could Talk

Tamara Jenkins – Private Life

Lynne Ramsay – You Were Never Really Here

Paul Schrader – First Reform

Best Screenplay

Nicole Holofcener, Jeff Whitty – Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Tamara Jenkins – Private Life 

Richard Glatzer, Rebecca Lenkiwicz, Wash Westmoreland – Colette

Boots Riley – Sorry to Bother You

Paul Schrader – First Reform 

Best First Screenplay

Bo Burnham – Eight Grade 

Christina Choe – Nancy

Cory Finley – Thoroughbreds

Jennifer Fox – The Tale

Quinn Shephard, Laurie Shepard – Blame

Best Female Lead

Glenn Close – The Wife 

Toni Collette – Hereditary 

Elise Fisher – Eight Grade 

Regina Hall – Support the Girls 

Helena Howard – Madeline’s Madeline 

Carey Mulligan – Wildlife 

Best Male Lead

John Cho – Searching 

Daveed Diggs – Blindspotting 

Ethan Hawke – First Refromed 

Christian Maheiros – Socrates

Joaquin Phoenix – You were Never Really Here

Best Documentary

Hale County This Morning, This Evening

Midning The Gap

Of Fathers and Sons

On Her Shoulders 


Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Best Supporting Female 

Kayli Carter – Private Life

Tyne Daly – A Bread Factory 

Regina King – If Beale Street Could Talk 

Thomasin Harcourt – Leave No Trace

J. Smith-Cameron – Nancy 

Best Supporting Male

Raul Castillo – We The Animals

Adam Driver – BlackkKlansman

Richard E. Grant – Can You Ever Forgive Me? 

Josh Hamilton – Eight Grade 

John David Washington – Monsters and Men

Best International Film 

Burning – South Korea

The Favorite – United Kingdom 

Happy as Lazzaro – Italy 

Roma – Mexico 

Shoplifters – Japan 

Best Editing

Alex Hall, Anne Fabini, Gary Levy – The Tale

Joe Bini – You Were Never Really Here

Keiko Deguchi, Brian A. Kates, Jeremiah Zagar – We The Animals

Nick Fenton, Julian Hart, Chris Gill, Luke Dunkley – American Animals

Nick Houy – Mid90s

Best Cinematography 

Ashley Connor – Madeline’s Madeline

Diego Garcia – Wildlife

Benjamin Loeb – Mandy 

Sayombhu Mukdeeprom – Suspiria 

Zak Mulligan – We The Animals 

10:00 am – We’re open for business! We’re just waiting for the show to begin.

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