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Awards Season - Juno Scores Hat Trick at Independent Spirit Awards

February 24th, 2008

The Independent Spirit Awards are one of the earliest to announce their nominees, but they don't hand out the hardware until almost the very end. This year the big winner was Juno with three awards, which could be followed by a couple of Oscars tonight.

The categories and nominations were...

BEST FEATURE

BEST DIRECTOR

BEST FIRST FEATURE

JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD
(Given to the best feature made for under $500,000)

BEST SCREENPLAY

BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY

BEST FEMALE LEAD

BEST MALE LEAD

BEST SUPPORTING MALE

BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

BEST DOCUMENTARY

BEST FOREIGN FILM

ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD

Also announced were the nominees for the three Filmmaker Grant Awards.

IFC/Acura Someone to Watch Award

The 12th annual Truer Than Fiction Award is presented to an emerging director of non-fiction features who has not yet received significant attention.

The 11th annual Producers Award honors emerging producers who, despite highly limited resources, demonstrate the creativity, tenacity, and vision required to produce quality, independent films.

Notes and Reactions...

  • Juno was the big winner taking home three awards including the most prestigious Best Picture award. Also winning were Ellen Page for Best Female Lead and Diablo Cody for Best First Screenplay.
  • However, none of these are good indicators for tonight's Oscars. Diablo Cody has the best shot to win, but that's as far as I will go in predictions for Juno.
  • On the other hand, Cate Blanchett's win as well as The Diving Bell and the Butterfly's two wins could be repeated tonight.
  • I am very happy for Chiwetel Ejiofor's win for Talk To Me. I can't imagine an Oscar nomination is too far away.
  • Likewise for the people who made The Lookout.

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Filed under: Awards Season, Juno, Once, The Savages, Le Scaphandre et le Papillon, The Lookout, Talk to Me, I'm Not There, Paranoid Park, Crazy Love, Old Joy, August Evening