SANTA MONICA, Calif. – 12 Years a Slave rolled at the Spirit Awards, winning five awards including best feature at the annual independent film celebration.
On the eve of the Academy Awards, the slavery tale won awards for director Steve McQueen, actress Lupita Nyong’o, screenwriter John Ridley and cinematographer Sean Bobbitt.
Other Spirit awards announced Saturday included best actor for Matthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club and Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine. McConaughey’s co-star, Jared Leto, won best male supporting performance.
Leto gave what might be the acceptance speech to end all acceptance speeches, rattling off an absurd list of thank-yous to not just those with Dallas Buyers Club, but Hermann Hesse, Wayne Gretzky, homemade burritos, the 7 billion people on the planet and many more. The actor-rocker added, with emphasis, all the women I’ve been with and all the women who think they’ve been with me.
Presented by Film Independent (a group of filmmakers, industry professionals and movie buffs), the Spirits are first and foremost a show to fete indie film and cast a spotlight on the little films that have to scrape money together to get made.
The award for best first feature went to Ryan Coogler, director of Fruitvale Station. The Spirits’ Robert Altman Award, an honor for best ensemble and director, was given to Jeff Nichols’ coming-of-age tale Mud. The John Cassavetes Award, which honors films made for less than $500,000, went to the unlikely friendship drama This Is Martin Bonner, which director Chad Hartigan said was made for just $42,000.
Will, Jaden Smith get Razzies’ worst
Will and Jaden Smith have something they can bond over: They were awarded Razzies for their performances in After Earth.
Jaden was selected as worst actor for his starring role in the sci-fi flop about a father and son stranded on an untamed Earth, while the elder Smith was chosen as worst supporting actor at Saturday’s Golden Raspberry Awards, which lampoons Hollywood’s awards season on the eve of the Oscars. The duo were also selected as the worst screen combo by online voters.
Movie 43, a raunchy comedy anthology featuring the likes of Halle Berry, Richard Gere, Kate Winslet and Naomi Watts, earned Razzies for worst picture, screenplay and director at the Los Angeles ceremony. The Razzies noted that Movie 43 is credited with 13 directors and 19 screenwriters.
Despite being the year’s biggest box-office bomb, The Lone Ranger lassoed just one prize: worst remake, rip-off or sequel.