Independent Film Awards Circuit Livens Up Studio-Heavy Oscar RaceVariety

Independent Film Awards Circuit Livens Up Studio-Heavy Oscar RaceVariety

November 17, 2018 0 By NewsTakers

With this year’s best picture Oscar race set to feature a number of major studio releases , the independent film awards circuit is making for a lively sidebar affair.
As ever, it’s an opportunity for bubble contenders to find their corner of the spotlight ahead of the holiday rush, when voters will hopefully be diligent about viewing their screeners before settling in with ballots in the new year.
( Recent Academy drama suggests that will be a relief for some.)
Film Independent’s 46-member nominating committee revealed its nominations for the 34th annual event Friday morning, and the top category filled out like a throwback to previous years when the studios, perhaps rightly, sat it out on the sidelines.
Even Fox Searchlight failed to crack the lineup with films like “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” and “The Old Man & the Gun.” (The perennial Spirits staple’s other major play, “The Favourite,” was relegated to the international film category, like Netflix’s “Roma.”)
Oscar-contending performances from Glenn Close (“The Wife”), Toni Collette (“Hereditary”), Adam Driver (“BlacKkKlansman”), Ethan Hawke (“First Reformed”), and Richard E. Grant (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”) have been singled out by these groups, joining an array of other hopefuls that ought to find their way into the consideration pool with these early notices: Ben Foster and Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie in “Leave No Trace,” Elsie Fisher in “Eighth Grade,” Carey Mulligan in “Wildlife,” and Joaquin Phoenix in “You Were Never Really Here” among them.
That’s already an exciting mix, and to it we can add studio fare like “Black Panther,” “Green Book,” “Mary Poppins Returns,” “A Star Is Born,” “Widows” — maybe even “A Quiet Place,” which was eligible for the Spirits but was ignored.
That assortment includes performances from Mahershala Ali, Emily Blunt, Bradley Cooper, Viola Davis, Sam Elliott, Lady Gaga, Michael B. Jordan, Daniel Kaluuya, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Viggo Mortensen, and Meryl Streep.
What a slate!
And at the Spirits, by the way, none of the above was this year’s nominations leader.

With this year’s best picture Oscar race set to feature a number of major studio releases, the independent film awards circuit is making for a lively sidebar affair. As ever, it’s an opportunity for bubble contenders to find their corner of the spotlight ahead of the holiday rush, when voters will hopefully be diligent about viewing their screeners before settling in with ballots in the new year. But this year in part…

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