2014 - Awards Season: Slave Top Winners at Spirit Awards
March 2nd, 2014
The categories and winners are...
(Given to the best feature made for under $500,000)
Piaget Producers Award
- Toby Halbrooks & James M. Johnston
- Like with the nominations, there were few surprises here, so there's not a lot to react to.
- 12 Years a Slave led the way with five wins, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Screenwriter. There's no argument it was the big winner last night.
- Matthew McConaughey won for Dallas Buyers Club, one of the film's two awards. This isn't surprising, but I really wanted Chiwetel Ejiofor to win, or perhaps even Bruce Dern, although admittedly, Bruce Dern was a massive long shot.
- Nebraska was almost shut out with just one win, Bob Nelson for Best First Screenplay, out of six awards it was nominated for.
- 20 Feet from Stardom topped The Act of Killing for Best Documentary, which is a bit of a surprise, at least in my opinion.
- Blue is the Warmest Color won for Best International Film over the favorite, The Great Beauty.
- I wanted Haifaa Al-Mansour to win Best First Feature for Wadjda, especially considering how historically important that film was. (It is the first feature-length film made entirely in Saudi Arabia, the first Saudi film directed by a woman, and it pushes a message of about equal rights for women.) That said, Ryan Coogler winning for Fruitvale Station is not an upset.
Filed under: Awards Season, 12 Years a Slave, Fruitvale Station, Nebraska, This Is Martin Bonner, Blue Jasmine, Dallas Buyers Club, 20 Feet From Stardom, La Vie d'Adèle – Chapitres 1 & 2, Short Term 12, Mud, Newlyweds, Let the Fire Burn