‘Birdman’ Wins Big at Independent Spirit Awards, Cements Oscar Frontrunner Status
Birdman won big at the Independent Spirit Awards 2015, earning awards for Best Picture, Best Actor (Michael Keaton), and Best Cinematography (Emmanuel Lubezki). With three awards to its name, it was the night’s big winner, conquering former Oscar Best Picture frontrunner Boyhood, which earned honors for Best Director (Richard Linklater) and Best Supporting Actress (Patricia Arquette). The movie tied with fellow Best Picture Oscar nominee Whiplash, which won Best Editing (Tom Cross) and Best Supporting Actor (J.K. Simmons).
Boyhood had been the previous Oscar frontrunner in the fall, as the movie swept the critics awards at the start of the season. But Birdman went on to triumph at the three major guilds (SAG, PGA, DGA). These Independent Spirit Award wins suggest that it’s not just guild members who are crazy about the movie, it has a much wider base of support. So while Boyhood may have won the BAFTA and the Globe to go with all its critics prizes, it might not be enough to conquer Birdman tomorrow night. Lord knows, it wasn’t enough here.
That said, these late awards ceremonies have contributed considerably to what has been a wild, unpredictable awards season. Hell, this is likely to be my worst year ever in my official Oscar predictions. But I don’t mind being hilariously wrong in my predictions if it means we get an Oscar race as exciting as this one.
So which films won at the 30th annual Independent Spirit Awards? Check out the full list of winners below:
INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARDS 2015 WINNERS
Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Michael Keaton, Birdman
Julianne Moore, Still Alice
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
J.K. Simmons, Whiplash
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Dan Gilroy, Nightcrawler
Emmanuel Lubezki, Birdman
Tom Cross, Whiplash
BEST INTERNATIONAL PICTURE
BEST FIRST FEATURE
BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY
Justin Simien, Dear White People
JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD (best feature made for under $500,000)