Precious Wins Big At The Spirit Awards

By Perri Nemiroff 2010-03-06 13:39:42discussion comments
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Precious may not be considered a front runner at the Academy Awards, but it proved to be a strong contender at the 25th Film Independent Spirit Awards. As reported by THR, not only did it win Best Feature, but Best Director (Lee Daniels), Best First Screenplay (Geoffrey Fletcher), Best Female Lead (Gabourey Sidibe) and Best Supporting Female (Mo’Nique). Daniels joked when he accepted his award, “Kathryn Bigelow's not here tonight, I am.”

Crazy Heart’s Jeff Bridges, on the other hand, nabbed the award for Best Actor, which is likely to be the last stepping stone to an Oscar win. Then there’s Woody Harrelson who stepped up to the podium for the first time this awards season. “I don't know how you distinguish one performance from another -- it's never felt right to me to declare a winner." He added, "Of course now, it feels a little more right."

(500) Days of Summer fans will be pleased to know the film earned Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber the Best Screenplay award. An Education turned its sole nomination into a win in the Best Foreign Film category and so did Humpday earning Lynn Shelton the John Cassavetes Award.

Other than statue presentations, the ceremony also included something the Oscars will not, live musical performances. If you’re dying to see Bridges perform “Falling and Flying” from Crazy Heart, keep your fingers crossed his act at the Spirit Awards will pop up on YouTube sometime soon. Roger Ebert also received a standing ovation when the annual award presented to an emerging documentary filmmaker was renamed the Chaz & Roger Ebert Truer Than Fiction Award. The $25,000 grant went to Bill Ross and Turner Ross for 45365.
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