Independent Spirit Awards

Always good to see talent rewarded!  Happened again last night in Santa Monica, CA at the Independent Spirit Awards (held at their usual venue, a tent on the beach in Santa Monica).  I have been there and it so gorgeous and peaceful!  Anyhow, Silver Linings Playbook won four well deserved awards.  Jennifer Lawrence won best actress, David O. Russell won the award for best screenplay and best director, and Silver Linings Playbook took home the award for best picture.  This is the last “show” before the big show tonight, The Academy Awards.  I expect Jennifer Lawrence to win the Oscar for Best Actress.  I still think Argo will win out for Best Picture (and should).  As far as Best Director, with the glaring oversight of omitting Ben Affleck, David O. Russell certainly has a shot in that category.  Will have to wait until late tonight to see who wins that honor.

Back to the Spirit Awards, Matthew McConaughey won best supporting actor for his role in Magic Mike.  Bit of a surprise to me although I do love Matthew McConaughey.  Just not that great a movie or role for him, he has done much better work.  The Sessions earned two awards, one for John Hawkes as a man in an iron lung wanting to lose his virginity, and Helen Hunt as the woman who helps him through the process.

One of the great stories of the night, director David O. Russell’s son, Matthew who suffers from bi-polar disease was in the crowd to see his father accept the best director award.  Matthew was his father’s inspiration for this film!  Now that is a feel good story!

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