The 2019 Film Independent Spirit Awards were well underway in Santa Monica on Saturday afternoon with Barry Jenkins’ adaptation of James Baldwin’s novel If Beale Street Could Talk winning some of the top honors, including Best Feature, Best Director for Jenkins, and Best Supporting Female for Regina King.
The annual awards ceremony, which is now in its 34th year, takes place the day before the Oscars each and every year and honors “artist-driven films made with an economy of means by filmmakers whose films embody independence and originality.”
Other 2019 Spirit Award winners include Ethan Hawke, who won Best Male Lead for his performance in Paul Schraeder’s First Reformed, Glenn Close, who won Best Female Lead for her Oscar-nominated performance in The Wife, and Richard E. Grant, who won Best Supporting Male for his Oscar-nominated performance in Can You Ever Forgive Me?
You can check out the complete list of 2019 Film Independent Spirit Award winners below.
WINNER: If Beale Street Could Talk
Leave No Trace
You Were Never Really Here
Best First Feature
WINNER: Sorry to Bother You
We the Animals
Debra Granik, Leave No Trace
WINNER: Barry Jenkins, If Beale Street Could Talk
Tamara Jenkins, Private Life
Lynne Ramsay, You Were Never Really Here
Paul Schrader, First Reformed
Best Female Lead
WINNER: Glenn Close, The Wife
Toni Collette, Hereditary
Elsie Fisher, Eighth Grade
Regina Hall, Support the Girls
Helena Howard, Madeline’s Madeline
Carey Mulligan, Wildlife
Best Male Lead
John Cho, Searching
Daveed Diggs, Blindspotting
WINNER: Ethan Hawke, First Reformed
Christian Malheiros, Sócrates
Joaquin Phoenix, You Were Never Really Here
Best Supporting Female
Kayli Carter, Private Life
Tyne Daly, A Bread Factory
WINNER: Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk
Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie, Leave No Trace
J. Smith-Cameron, Nancy
Best Supporting Male
Raúl Castillo, We the Animals
Adam Driver, BlacKkKlansman
WINNER: Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Josh Hamilton, Eighth Grade
John David Washington, Monsters and Men
Richard Glatzer, Rebecca Lenkiewicz, and Wash Westmoreland, Colette
WINNER: Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Tamara Jenkins, Private Life
Boots Riley, Sorry to Bother You
Paul Schrader, First Reformed
Best First Screenplay
WINNER: Bo Burnham, Eighth Grade
Christina Choe, Nancy
Cory Finley, Thoroughbreds
Jennifer Fox, The Tale
Laurie Shephard and Quinn Shephard, Blame
John Cassavetes Award
A Bread Factory
WINNER: En el Séptimo Día
Never Goin’ Back
Hale County This Morning, This Evening
Minding the Gap
Of Fathers and Sons
On Her Shoulders
WINNER: Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
Best International Film
Burning (South Korea)
The Favourite (United Kingdom)
Happy as Lazzaro (Italy)
WINNER: Roma (Mexico)
WINNER: Joe Bini, You Were Never Really Here
Keiko Deguchi, Brian A. Kates, and Jeremiah Zagar, We the Animals
Luke Dunkley, Nick Fenton, Chris Gill, and Julian Hart, American Animals
Anne Fabini, Alex Hall, and Gary Levy, The Tale
Nick Houy, Mid90s
Ashley Connor, Madeline’s Madeline
Diego García, Wildlife
Benjamin Loeb, Mandy
WINNER: Sayombhu Mukdeeprom, Suspiria
Zak Mulligan, We the Animals
Robert Altman Award (Best Ensemble)
The Bonnie Award
WINNER: Debra Granik
Jonathan Duffy and Kelly Williams
WINNER: Shrihari Sathe
Someone to Watch Award
WINNER: Alex Moratto, Sócrates
Ioana Uricaru, Lemonade
Jeremiah Zagar, We the Animals
Truer Than Fiction Award
Alexandria Bomback, On Her Shoulders
WINNER: Bing Liu, Minding the Gap
Ramell Ross, Hale County This Morning, This Evening
Woody Allen just self-released the trailer for ‘A Rainy Day in New York’ on his Facebook page
It was once thought that Woody Allen’s A Rainy Day in New York, the film at the center of the director’s $68 million lawsuit against Amazon, would never see the light of day given the rise of the #MeToo movement and renewed attention towards the sexual abuse accusations made against Allen by his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow.
However, that no longer seems to be the case as a trailer for A Rainy Day in New York popped up on yesterday Allen’s official Facebook page, revealing our first look at the film starring Timothée Chalamet and Elle Fanning as a young couple who arrive in New York City to spend a weekend together.
It wasn’t up until January of last year, though, that literally almost everybody involved with this project slowly began to distance themselves from it, with many of the film’s stars donating their salaries to charity and Amazon Studios shelving the movie indefinitely.
This, of course, did not bode well with Allen, prompting him to take Amazon to New York federal court, where he’s asking for a $68 million payday in a case that is still pending.
Now, on one hand, I applaud Amazon for taking such great lengths to distance themselves from an accused child molester and all-around creep like Woody Allen. On the other hand, though, I say fuck them for even getting into business with an accused child molester and all-around creep like Woody Allen in the first place.
Amazon could’ve avoided this whole situation had they not signed a multi-million dollar five-picture deal with Allen to begin with, especially after he made that god-awful Crisis in Six Scenes miniseries for them a few years ago.
Case in point: don’t work with Woody Allen under any circumstances, folks.
Anyway, a couple of overseas distributors have said that they’re willing to release Allen’s movie despite his questionable past and the sexual abuse allegations against him, hence this new trailer for A Rainy Day in New York, which you can check out below:
Oh god, the cast of Mel Gibson’s very unnecessary remake of ‘The Wild Bunch’ is actually pretty good
As if I wasn’t already Mad Online™ enough today, Deadline has broken the news that Michael Fassbender, Jamie Foxx, and Peter Dinklage are all in talks to join the cast of Mel Gibson‘s remake of Sam Peckinpah’s 1969 Western classic The Wild Bunch.
Gibson is co-writing the movie along with Bryan Bagby, who has not had a credit on any film since 2000’s L.I.N.X. (whatever the fuck that is), in addition to executive producing. It’s his first directing effort since 2016’s Hacksaw Ridge.
Now, don’t get me wrong—Fassbender, Foxx, and Dinklage are all incredible actors in their own right. The problem here, though, isn’t them. It’s the fact that I don’t think a movie like The Wild Bunch needs to be remade in any capacity whatsoever, especially not by the likes of Mel Gibson.
As we’ve pointed out on this site several times before and will continue to do so every time Gibson’s name comes up, the dude has a troubling history that includes domestic abuse, homophobia, and racist and anti-Semitic tirades. If you need to be reminded of all of the terrible shit he’s said over the years, check out this list compiled by Gawker.
The fact that Gibson is able to just disappear from the spotlight for a few years, come back, and suddenly be able to find all of the work that he’s finding is absolutely astonishing. Warner Bros. really couldn’t get another, less problematic director to helm this project? Like, literally anybody other than Mel Gibson?
Anyway, no word yet on when The Wild Bunch is set to be released, but production on the projection is expected to get underway this fall, so it seems likely we’ll be seeing this thing by sometime next year at the earliest.
Nicolas Cage is going to star in a ‘hardcore cop thriller’ written by the dude who wrote ‘Green Book’
You all remember Nick Vallelonga, the Oscar-winning Green Book screenwriter and producer who deleted his Twitter account last year after old tweets of his resurfaced in which he pushed Donald Trump’s debunked claim that Muslims could be seen cheering in New Jersey on 9/11, right?
Well, in a bit of rather unfortunate news, IndieWire is reporting that Vallelonga is partnering with none other than Nicolas Cage on his next project, 10 Double Zero, which is described as a “hardcore cop thriller that mixes the grittiness of old school Michael Mann with the cutting-edge style of Sicario.” Yeah, let that sink in for a minute.
Per the film’s official synopsis: “Set in the stifling heat of Louisiana, two police officers take on a personal vendetta to hunt down cop killers, but as they get closer to solving the crime, they find themselves targets of a conspiracy in the ranks of the police force as the investigation leads right back to them.”
Heh, a conspiracy, you say? Vallelonga seems to know a thing or two about those.
Anyway, on a serious note, is this the punishment the world gets for sleeping on the hypnotic masterpiece that was Mandy last year, which features what is arguably the best performance we’ve ever seen from Nicolas Cage? Is this what we get for giving a dude who pushes racist bullshit on social media a bunch of Oscars earlier this year?
I mean, come on. Anything other than this shit.