Sunday, 22 February 2015


Film Independent took the safe route once again with their 30th annual awards last night. Oscar frontrunners dominated, including what looks to be at least three of the four acting favourites taking home trophies. Birdman won Best Feature from voters, but they opted for Boyhood's Richard Linklater for Best Director, suggesting that tonight's duel between the two will indeed be very close. Check out their fine slate of nominees here, and their less-than-fine slate of award winners below:

Best Feature
Birdman (Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, John Lesher, Arnon Milchan and James W. Skotchdopole)

Best Director
Richard Linklater (Boyhood)

Best Male Lead
Michael Keaton (Birdman)

Best Female Lead
Julianne Moore (Still Alice)

Best Supporting Male
J. K. Simmons (Whiplash)

Best Supporting Female
Patricia Arquette (Boyhood)

Best Screenplay
Dan Gilroy (Nightcrawler)

Best Cinematography
Emmanuel Lubezki (Birdman)

Best Editing
Tom Cross (Whiplash)

Best Documentary
Citizenfour (Mathilde Bonnefoy, Laura Poitras and Dirk Wilutzky)

Best International Film
Ida (Pawel Pawlikowski) - Poland

Best First Feature
Nightcrawler (Jennifer Fox, Dan Gilroy, Tony Gilroy, Jake Gyllenhaal, David Lancaster and Michel Litvak)

Best First Screenplay
Justin Simien (Dear White People)

John Cassavetes Award
Land Ho! (Christina Jennings, Aaron Katz, Mynette Louie, Sara Murphy and Martha Stephens)

18th Annual Piaget Producers Award
Chris Ohlson

21st Annual Kiehl's Someone to Watch Award
Rania Attieh and Daniel Garcia (H.)

20th Annual Lenscrafters Truer Than Fiction Award
Dan Krauss (The Kill Team)

Robert Altman Award
Inherent Vice (Paul Thomas Anderson, Josh Brolin, Benicio del Toro, Martin Donovan, Cassandra Kulukundis, Jena Malone, Joanna Newsom, Joaquin Phoenix, Eric Roberts, Maya Rudolph, Martin Short, Serena Scott Thomas, Katherine Waterston, Michael Kenneth Williams, Owen Wilson and Reese Witherspoon)

Special Distinction Award
Foxcatcher (Anthony Bregman, Steve Carell, Megan Ellison, E. Max Frye, Dan Futterman, Jon Kilik, Bennett Miller, Mark Ruffalo and Channing Tatum)