Tuesday, March 07, 2006

The Other Award Show

On this past Saturday, one day prior to the Oscars, another awards ceremony for achievement in film took place: The Independent Spirit Awards. Probably the only awards show you should pay attention to. And here were the nominees (and winners in bold):

Best Picture:
"Brokeback Mountain"
"Good Night, and Good Luck"
"The Squid and the Whale"
"The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada"

Best First Feature:
"Crash" (Paul Haggis)
"Lackawanna Blues" (George C. Wolfe)
"Me and You and Everyone We Know" (Miranda July)
"Thumbsucker" (Mike Mills)
"Transamerica" (Duncan Tucker)

Best Director:
Ang Lee - "Brokeback Mountain"
George Clooney - "Good Night, and Good Luck"
Gregg Araki - "Mysterious Skin"
Rodrigo Garcia - "Nine Lives"
Noah Baumbach - "The Squid and the Whale"

Best Female Lead:
Felicity Huffman - "Transamerica"
Dina Korzan - "Forty Shades of Blue"
Laura Linney - "The Squid and the Whale"
S. Epatha Merkerson - "Lackawanna Blues"
Cyndi Williams - "Room"

Best Male Lead:
Jeff Daniels - "The Squid and the Whale"
Philip Seymour Hoffman - "Capote"
Terrence Howard - "Hustle and Flow"
Heath Ledger - "Brokeback Mountain"
David Strathairn - "Good Night, and Good Luck"

Best Supporting Female:
Amy Adams - "Junebug"
Maggie Gyllenhaal - "Happy Endings"
Allison Janney - "Our Very Own"
Michelle Williams - "Brokeback Mountain"
Robin Wright Penn - "Nine Lives"

Best Supporting Male:
Firdous Bamji - "The War Within"
Matt Dillon - "Crash"
Jesse Eisenberg - "The Squid and the Whale"
Barry Pepper - "The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada"
Jeffrey Wright - "Broken Flowers"

Best Screenplay:
"The War Within"
"The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada"
"The Squid and the Whale"
"Nine Lives"

Best First Screenplay:
"Fixing Frank"
"Me and You and Everyone We Know"
"The Beautiful Country"

Best Foreign Film:
"The Death of Mr Lazarescu" (Romania)
"Duck Season" (Mexico)
"Head On" (Germany)
"Paradise Now" (Palestine)
"Tony Takitani" (Japan)

Best Documentary:
"Enron: The Smartest Guys In the Room"
"Grizzly Man"
"La Sierra"
"Sir! No Sir!"

Best Cinematography:
"Good Night, and Good Luck"
"The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada"
"Last Days"

John Cassavetes Awards: (best picture made for under $500,000)
"The Puffy Chair"

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