Saturday, March 6, 2010

Spirit Awards Winners

Despite releasing its nominations earlier than most of the award shows, the major guilds, and the critic groups, the Spirit Awards is the last one out of the gate with its winners opting to hold off until close to Oscar weekend. And so last night, they picked the winners, which were the following:

Best Feature: Precious
Best Director: Lee Daniels, Precious
Best Actor: Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart
Best Actress: Gabourey Sidibe, Precious
Best Supporting Actor: Woody Harrelson, The Messenger
Best Supporting Actress: Mo'Nique, Precious
Best Screenplay: 500 Days of Summer
Best First Feature: Crazy Heart
Best First Screenplay: Precious
Best Foreign Film: An Education
Best Documentary: Anvil! The Story of Anvil
Best Cinematography: A Serious Man
John Cassavetes Award: Humpday
Robert Altman Award: A Serious Man
Producers Award: Karen Chien, The Exploding Girl and Santa Mesa
Someone to Watch Award: Kyle Patrick Alvarez, Easier with Practice
Truer than Fiction Award: Bill and Turner Ross, 45365

Oscar Best Picture nominee Precious walked home 5 for 5 dominating the night with Gabby Sidibe finally winning her biggest award this season benefiting not only from all the Precious love, but from the absence of Oscar competition Bullock, Streep, and Mulligan. With the absence of Oscar front-runner Christoph Waltz, Woody Harrelson was also able to shine with a win, his first since his win with the National Board of Review earlier this season. Finally, Oscar-snubbed 500 Days of Summer gets a consolation, but very well-deserved screenplay prize.

What does this mean for the Academy Awards? Probably not much. Jeff Bridges and Mo'Nique are probably the only two winners to repeat at the Oscars. Interestingly enough, this years Oscar front-runner The Hurt Locker was nominated for last year's Spirit Awards in actor and supporting actor and going 0 for 2. Weird and particularly peculiar, huh?

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