Last Awards Hurrah - Beale Street Has Spirit
‘Twas the night before…As is traditional, Hollywood’s big night was preceded by independent cinema’s big night, with the Spirit Awards being handed out last night. And Barry Jenkins’ If Beale Street Could Talk (largely snubbed by the Academy) was the big winner, taking three awards including Best Feature and Best Director for Jenkins, as well as Regina King for Supporting – something she could repeat at the Oscars tonight.
The same may well be said for Glenn Close who could also do the double having taken Best Actress at the Spirits. We’d be more than happy to see Richard E. Grant also follow suit, but after his win here tonight, have a feeling he won’t be repeating at the Oscars. Ethan Hawke deservedly took Best Actor.
Weirdly, the Spirits gave two awards to the dreadful Suspiria – really, what were they smoking?
Full list below -
BEST FEMALE LEAD
BEST MALE LEAD
BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE
ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD
BEST FIRST FEATURE
TRUER THAN FICTION AWARD
BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM
JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD
BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY
BEST SUPPORTING MALE
SOMEONE TO WATCH AWARD
The night before the Spirits, the Razzies gave out their awards for Worst Of The Year – although there were fewer nominees in attendance – with Holmes and Watson leading the way with four "wins" - for Worst Picture, Director, Remake, Rip off or Sequel, and Worst Supporting Actor for John C Reilly.
On the plus side Donald Trump doubled down, winning Worst Actor and Worst Screen Combo for him and His Self-Perpetuating Pettiness. His former staffer Kellyanne Conway walked away with Worst Supporting Actress. Go White House!
Here’s the list in full -
Holmes & Watson
Melissa McCarthy / Happytime Murders and Life of the Party
RAZZIE REDEEMER AWARD
Melissa McCarthy for Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Donald J. Trump (As Himself) Death of a Nation and Fahrenheit 11/9
WORST SCREEN COMBO
Donald J, Trump & His Self-Perpetuating Pettiness, Death of a Nation and Fahrenheit 11/9
WORST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Kellyanne Conway (As Herself) Fahrenheit 11/9
WORST SUPPORTING ACTOR
John C. Reilly / Holmes & Watson
WORST REMAKE, RIP-OFF or SEQUEL
Holmes & Watson
Etan Cohen / Holmes & Watson
Fifty Shades Freed, Written by Niall Leonard, from the Novel by E.L. James
Come back tonight when Last Word live blogs the altogether more important – but potentially equally disastrous – Oscars.
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