FilmIndependent Spirit Awards 2019

Independent Spirit Award Winners 2019

The Film Independent Spirit Awards were handed out February 23, 2019.  

As usual, a plethora of inspired, unique and visionary filmmakers were recognized and honored. It was especially gratifying to see Richard Grant finally get some serious notice (and who would go on to win the Oscar) for his wonderfully detailed work in Can You Ever Forgive Me?.

Here follows the full list fromFilm Independent's website with links to the awards being handed out at the ceremony. 

BEST FEATURE – If Beale Street Could Talk (Producers: Dede Gardner, Barry Jenkins, Jeremy Kleiner, Sara Murphy, Adele Romanski)

BEST DIRECTOR – Barry Jenkins, If Beale Street Could Talk

BEST FEMALE LEAD – Glenn Close, The Wife

BEST MALE LEAD – Ethan Hawke, First Reformed

BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE – Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk

BEST SUPPORTING MALE – Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me?

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

BEST EDITING – Joe Bini, You Were Never Really Here

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE – Won’t You Be My Neighbor?(Directors: Morgan Neville; Producer: Caryn Capotosto, Nicholas Ma)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY –Sayombhu Mukdeeprom, Suspiria

BEST FIRST FEATURE – Sorry to Bother You (Director: Boots Riley; Producers:Nina Yang Bongiovi, Jonathan Duffy, Charles D. King, George Rush, Forest Whitaker, Kelly Williams)

BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY – Bo Burnham, Eighth Grade

JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD – En el Séptimo Día (Director: Jim McKay; Producers:Alex Bach, Lindsey Cordero, Caroline Kaplan, Michael Stipe)

ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD – Suspiria (Director: Luca Guadagnino; Casting Directors: Avy Kaufman, Stella Savino; Ensemble Cast: Malgosia Bela, Ingrid Caven, Lutz Ebersdorf, Elena Fokina, Mia Goth, Jessica Harper, Dakota Johnson, Gala Moody, Chloë Grace Moretz, Fabrizia Sacchi, Renée Soutendijk, Tilda Swinton, Sylvie Testud, Angela Winkler)

BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM – Roma, Mexico (Director: Alfonso Cuarón)

PRODUCERS AWARD – Shrihari Sathe

SOMEONE TO WATCH AWARD – Alex Moratto, Sócrates 

TRUER THAN FICTION AWARD – Bing Liu, Minding the Gap

BONNIE AWARD – Debra Granik


Golden Globe Awards 2019

Golden Globe Award Winners 2019

The 76th annual Golden Globe Awards were held on Sunday, Jan. 6 at the Beverly Hilton. Lots of stars in attendance for the three-plus hour show. Notable highlights included Jeff Bridges being awarded the Cecil B. DeMille Award and giving a heartfelt thank you speech.  Too bad the montage of clips of his work seemed a bit thrown together when he might have been better served with a simple chronological marching through of notable film moments. Carol Burnett was better served with her montage when she was honored for her achievement in television with the HFPA awarding the inaugural Carol Burnett Award. The show moved quickly with little wasted time but it was 11:20pm EST by the time the last award was announced. Below, a list of the winners. 

Best Motion Picture – Drama

Bohemian Rhapsody

Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama

Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody) (WINNER)

Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama

Glenn Close (The Wife) (WINNER)

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

“Green Book” (WINNER)

Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

Olivia Colman (The Favourite) (WINNER)

Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (FX) (WINNER)

Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy

The Kominsky Method (Netflix) (WINNER)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy

Rachel Brosnahan (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) (WINNER)

Best Director – Motion Picture

Alfonso Cuaron (Roma) (WINNER)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Darren Criss (The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story) (WINNER)

Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language


Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

Christian Bale (Vice) (WINNER)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Patricia Clarkson (Sharp Objects) (WINNER)

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture

Peter Farrelly, Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie (Green Book) (WINNER)

Best Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture

Mahershala Ali (Green Book) (WINNER)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama

Sandra Oh (Killing Eve) (WINNER)

Best Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture

Regina King (If Beale Street Could Talk) (WINNER)

Best Original Song – Motion Picture

“Shallow” (A Star Is Born) (WINNER)

Best Original Score – Motion Picture

Justin Hurwitz (First Man) (WINNER)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Patricia Arquette (Escape at Dannemora) (WINNER)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Ben Whishaw (A Very English Scandal) (WINNER)

Best Television Series – Drama

The Americans (WINNER)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama

Richard Madden (Bodyguard) (WINNER)

Best Motion Picture – Animated

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (WINNER)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy

Michael Douglas (The Kominsky Method) (WINNER)


Motion Picture Distributor

Universal Pictures: 4

Annapurna Pictures: 2

Twentieth Century Fox: 2

Fox Searchlight Pictures: 1

Sony Pictures Classics: 1

Sony Pictures Releasing: 1

Warner Bros. Pictures: 1

Television Network

FX Networks: 3

Netflix: 3

Amazon Prime Video: 2

BBC America: 1

HBO: 1

Showtime: 1

Motion Picture

Green Book: 3

Bohemian Rhapsody: 2

Roma: 2

The Favourite: 1

First Man: 1

If Beale Street Could Talk: 1

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse: 1

A Star Is Born: 1

Vice: 1

The Wife: 1

Television Series or Program

The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story: 2

The Kominsky Method: 2

The Americans: 1

Bodyguard: 1

Escape at Dannemora: 1

Killing Eve: 1

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: 1

Sharp Objects: 1

A Very English Scandal: 1


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Image copyright The American Pavilion

Image copyright The American Pavilion