The 2018 Film Independent Spirit Awards were handed out this afternoon ahead of tomorrow’s 90th Oscars with Jordan Peele’s directorial debut Get Out taking home some of the top honors including Best Feature and Best Director. The annual awards show honors “artist-driven films made with an economy of means by filmmakers whose films embody independence and originality.”
For the past four years, the winner of Best Feature at the Spirit Awards has gone on to win Best Picture at the Oscars, starting with 12 Years a Slave in 2014 and continuing with Birdman, Spotlight, and Moonlight in subsequent years. That being said, it should be interesting to see whether or not Get Out will continue this trend at the Oscars tomorrow evening.
Other winners from this year’s Spirit Awards included Best First Feature for Ingrid Goes West, Best Screenplay for Greta Gerwig, Best Male Lead for Timothée Chalamet, Best Female Lead for Frances McDormand, Best Supporting Male for Sam Rockwell, and Best Supporting Female for Allison Janney.
You can check out the complete list of winners from 2018 Film Independent Spirit Awards below.
Get Out (Universal Pictures)
Producers: Jason Blum, Edward H. Hamm Jr., Sean McKittrick, Jordan Peele
Jordan Peele, Get Out (Universal Pictures)
Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird (A24)
Best First Feature:
Ingrid Goes West (NEON)
Director: Matt Spicer
Producers: Jared Ian Goldman, Adam Mirels, Robert Mirels, Aubrey Plaza, Tim White, Trevor White
Best First Screenplay:
Emily V. Gordon, Kumail Nanjiani, The Big Sick (Amazon Studios)
John Cassavetes Award (for best feature made under $500,000):
Life and Nothing More (CFI Releasing)
Writer/Director: Antonio Méndez Esparza
Producers: Amadeo Hernández Bueno, Alvaro Portanet Hernández, Pedro Hernández Santos
Best Supporting Female:
Allison Janney, I, Tonya (NEON)
Best Supporting Male:
Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Fox Searchlight)
Best Female Lead:
Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Best Male Lead:
Timothée Chalamet, Call Me by Your Name (Sony Pictures Classics)
Robert Altman Award:
Director: Dee Rees
Casting Directors: Billy Hopkins, Ashley Ingram
Ensemble Cast: Jonathan Banks, Mary J. Blige, Jason Clarke, Garrett Hedlund, Jason Mitchell, Rob Morgan, Carey Mulligan
Sayombhu Mukdeeprom, Call Me by Your Name (Sony Pictures Classics)
Tatiana S. Riegel, I, Tonya (NEON)
Best International Film:
A Fantastic Woman (Chile – Sony Pictures Classics)
Director: Sebastián Lelio
Faces Places (Cohen Media Group)
Directors: Agnés Varda, JR
Producer: Rosalie Varda
Paramount has picked up the rights to Scorsese and DiCaprio’s ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’
Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio are one step closer to reuniting with each other as Deadline is reporting that Paramount has just picked up the rights to Killers of the Flower Moon, which could be the next project Scorsese decides to tackle after he finishes The Irishman later this year.
Per the original report, Paramount has closed a deal for an unspecified sum to finance and distribute the film based on David Grann’s murder mystery novel of the same name set in 1920s Oklahoma “where the Osage Indians were granted revenue rights to oil discovered under their lands that was harvested by oil companies.”
“Suddenly, they began to get murdered as did those trying to investigate. “It came down to the newly created Bureau of Investigation, to overcome the corrupting influences from oil money and politics to solve the murder mystery, one that would bring the FBI to prominence.”
Dune and A Star Is Born co-writer Eric Roth wrote the screenplay for the project, which has had Scorsese attached as director and DiCaprio as the star and one of several producers since early 2017. Robert De Niro was rumored to be attached to star alongside DiCaprio at one point as well, but, unfortunately, that no longer seems to be the case here.
No word yet on when we can expect to see cameras start rolling on Killers of the Flower Moon as Scorsese is still knee-deep in the extensive level of post-production work needed on The Irishman, which is expected to hit Netflix and a handful of select theaters no later than the end of this year.
Our first look at Greta Gerwig’s ‘Little Women’ is finally here and it’s absolutely incredible
As if we weren’t already excited enough to see what Greta Gerwig has in store for us with her adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s beloved novel Little Women, the first official images from the writer-director’s eagerly awaited Lady Bird follow-up debuted today in Vanity Fair and it just looks so damn good.
Perhaps even more personal to her than Lady Bird was, Little Women feels like somewhat of an autobiography to Gerwig, she says, and follows the lives of the March sisters—Jo (Saoirse Ronan), Meg (Emma Watson), Amy (Florence Pugh), and Beth (Eliza Scanlan)—as they navigate their journies from childhood to womanhood in Civil War-era America.
“When you live through a book, it almost becomes the landscape of your inner life,” Gerwig explained to Vanity Fair. “It becomes part of you, in a profound way.”
In addition to Ronan, Little Women also reunites Gerwig with her other Lady Bird star Timothée Chalamet, who plays Laurie, “the literal boy next door who develops an intense friendship with Jo,” but it never blossoms into anything beyond that.
“I loved that in Lady Bird, he was the one that broke my heart, but I got to break his heart in Little Women,” Ronan said. Lady Bird finally got her revenge against Kyle, it seems.
Rounding out the film’s ensemble cast is Laura “I Will Not Not Be Rich” Dern as Margaret “Marmee” March, the girls’ mother, and Meryl “My Grief Is Too Loud For You?” Streep as Aunt March, their old and cranky rich aunt who often provides financial support for the family.
Little Women will hit theaters on December 25. You can check out the first official images from the film (via Vanity Fair) below.
Shocking: Max Landis is an abusive piece of shit who deserves to be blacklisted in Hollywood
In a bombshell exposé published by The Daily Beast this morning, eight women detailed the emotional, physical, and sexual abuse that they suffered at the hands of Bright and Chronicle screenwriter Max Landis, which is not particularly surprising given the fact that we’ve heard about this kind of stuff about Landis before—but no one did anything about it.
Before we go any further, a quick warning: the exposé is disturbing, to say the least, and contains graphic descriptions of the aforementioned abuse. Reader discretion is most definitely advised.
In one part of the story, an ex-girlfriend and former friend of Landis going by the name of Julie (some of the names used in the story are aliases so as to protect the anonymity of the victims) describes how she “didn’t realize that I had been raped consistently and deliberately by this man for two years until today, when I wrote it down.”
Julie, after detailing some of the emotional abuse Landis inflicted upon her, goes on to say, “He choked me until I passed out and did humiliating, degrading things to me that I still can’t manage to write out on paper.”
Another ex-girlfriend, Kerry, wrote about how Landis “choked me and told me he wanted to kill me. And I would wind up reassuring him that he wasn’t a monster when he felt bad about it. Because I felt bad that he was so sick.”
Ani Baker, who also had a romantic relationship with Landis at one point, described a similar event in which Landis snapped, put his hands around her throat, and got very close to her face, saying, “I will fucking kill you. Do you understand what I’m saying? I will fucking kill you.”
These are just a few of the very harrowing accounts Landis’ victims tell in the exposé and help paint a picture that shows who Landis truly is: a violent sexual abuser. You can read the piece by Daily Beast entertainment reporter by Amy Zimmerman in its entirety here. (Again, please keep in mind that the exposé contains graphic descriptions of abuse and you should only read it at your own discretion.)