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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
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
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
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
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
2:17 pm – Grant discusses how Daniel Day-Lewis passed on Withnail and
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!
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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
If Beale Street Could Talk
Leave No Trace
Were You Ever Really Here
Best First Feature
Sorry to Bother You
We the Animals
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
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
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
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
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.