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Saturday
Feb 23 2013

Spirit Awards.Tape-Delay Blogging

I purposefully stayed off line so as to not have any awards spoiled for me tonight.Andy Samberg hosts.First things first,Andy Samberg's opening monologue is maybe a "D"at best but those Oscar Pistorius jokes are defiantly "F"...as is the segueway from a Michael Fassbender dick joke (in 2013 no less) to Quvenzhané Wallis.Errr.Inappropriate Segueway Inappropriate Segueway.But I love love love this faux-trailer forBottlecapespecially that "they're in f***ing everything"shout-out to two ubiquitous actors Ari Graynor and Chris Messina who can ubiquit all over me whenever they want.

Seriously,I ♥ them so much.

Public Service Announcement: Ari Graynor will soon be on TV weekly in the Cameron Diaz role inBad Teacherand Chris Messina is available (all of him) in the romantic drama28 Hotel Roomswhich is out on DVD right now.I'll try to write something about that one soon.

And on to the awards!

BEST FIRST SCREENPLAYSafety Not Guaranteed
Apparently that speech went on for 5 1/2  minutes because they actually did a "5 minutes later"cut.
BEST FIRST FEATUREThe Perks of Being a Wallflower
Big screams from that table...FWIWFill the Voidfrom Israel,an Oscar submission that didn't make the cut was up for both of those awards and I really wanna see.Come to me movie.Fill my void.

Matthew McConaughey is on stage introducingBernieand he's still looking very too thin fromTheDallas Buyers' Club.Then he wins...

I had to take my pants off to win a trophy ♫
I had to drop my drawers to win an award
(hot damn fuck yeah man dot com)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTORMatthew McConaughey forMagic Mike
Who is also my Gold Medalist this year
This whole category was stacked with great turns (can we all just stop for a minute to appreciate how good Michael Peña is ineverything).Matthew starts his speech by singing about taking his clothes off.And tells a funny story about a discussion with the costume designer about 'what would Dallas wear to work out?Their ephiphany was.

It's a mix between Baryshnikov and Richard Simmons.We're off!"

BEST INTERNATIONAL FILMAmour
Ellen Page looks completely bored out of her skull to be announcing this award.Michael Haneke "Zanks you very much for awarding to me"

Chris Tuckerintroducesshouts aboutSilver Linings Playbook.The team looks very nervous.(Did the BAFTA Best Actress loss shake them up that much?)

JOHN CASSAVETTES AWARD(BEST FEATURE UNDER $500,000)Middle of Nowhere
And given the category specificity,let's just say thatMiddle of Nowherelooks closer to a $5 million dollar movie.Such great cinematography.So happy that this fine film won enough awards attention this year to catch my attention (I nominated it for screenplay and supporting actress).This is when awards are at their best,when they double as advocacy and bring bigger audiences to movies they might have otherwise missed.I hope I have convinced some readers to seek out this moviewhich made my top ten listand which I almost made the mistake of skipping.

Emayatzi,Lorraine and David cheer their writer/director on for "Middle of Nowhere"

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESSHelen Hunt forThe Sessions
Sweet speech about 'how did this movie about healthy sexuality even get made?!' That's a good question really.Sex positive movies aresorare.

BEST SCREENPLAYDavid O.Russell forSilver Linings Playbook

Jeremy Renner and Salma Hayek pass out checks from Film Independent to the makers of Gimme the Loot,The Waiting Room and Breakfast With Curtis.Jeremy makes a joke about spending a hot weekend with Salma.As if!

BEST DIRECTORDavid O.Russell forSilver Linings Playbook
What is this song they keep playing when he wins.I hate it.He makes a weird statement about Benh Zeitlin.'He's a young man.He'll be back' I always find it so awkward when acceptance speeches single out only one of their competitors.

BEST ACTRESSJennifer Lawrence forSilving Linings Playbook

BEST ACTORJohn Hawkes forThe Sessions
Awww,a couples set.I thought it was going to be the Silver Linings couple instead.

BEST PICTURESilver Linings Playbook
The producer tells us that David O.Russell is "a brilliant filmmaker without peer".Holy Overstatement!

If it's true that winning big at the Spirit Awards dooms with you Oscar,thenPlaybookis now toast.But I don't think that's true necessarily.Sunday night will be a nail biter.I probably should've guessed Russell for Best Director over Spielberg inmy final predictions.

On a final note,I do not like this "tape delayed"broadcast of the Spirit Awards AT ALL.I've just realized after it ended that they cut out all the non-marquee prizes like cinematography and such.Boo.Plus part of the joy of the Spirit Awards is when people really throw caution to the wind in their acceptance speeches -- remember when Ally Sheedy wouldn't leave the stage for High Art?But they cut out that Safety Not Guaranteed guy's speech and then escorted him off the stage.It ends up feeling as lamely generic as the BAFTAs which are also pruned of personality on their way to broadcast.

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I'd like to protest that first graphic.Ari Graynor is not in everything and it's killing me.Somebody hire her!

February 24,2013 | Unregistered CommenterTB

TB -- THANK YOU.She should be in at least twice as much.I'm disappointed that she's moving to television but if they won't build feature comedies around her at least she can be funny weekly as the lead of a sitcom.

February 24,2013 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

I wish Lily Tomlin had presented Best Director.

February 24,2013 | Unregistered Commenterbrookesboy

I'm so glad John Hawkes won.Also,I know it's not a popular thing to say these days,but I really like Jennifer Lawrence in SLP.

February 24,2013 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

I'm loving these winners!Wish they were the Oscar winners.lol

February 24,2013 | Unregistered CommenterSad man

Middle of Nowhere's Ava DuVernay also directed a really fabulous short film for Miu Miu called The Room.It's on Youtube,has an amazing lineup of underused black actresses.

February 24,2013 | Unregistered CommenterBia

I don't care for SLP,but I definitely think we'd be better off on balance throughout the years if the Spirit Award winners were the Oscar winners.

February 24,2013 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne

I love that Ari and Chris piece.I wish Ari went to TV.She could totally rock a comedy series vehicle.I agree with TB.More AG ubiquity!!!!!!

David O.Russell is the type of guy who needs to just do the Hitchcock 'Thank you' and exit stage left.His bad reputation is coming back to mind with speeches like that.

I think the SLP team looked worried because,according to reporters who sat in on the awards,the room was completely in the corner of Beasts of the Southern Wild and a bit of coldness to the quasi-indie.

Since this is awards season and category fraud is the word in a lot of instances,Stephen Chbosky's first feature was NOT The Perks of Being the Wallflower.

February 24,2013 | Unregistered CommenterCMG

Nice write-up sir.Just throwing out,Chris Messina's really fun weekly on The Mindy Project,which is so much better than it sounds and now has a weekly dose of Mark Duplass.

February 24,2013 | Unregistered CommenterBrianZ

"(can we all just stop for a minute to appreciate how good Michael Peña is in everything)"- Agreed.Disappointed he wasn't recognized with an award for his outstanding work in END OF WATCH.

February 24,2013 | Unregistered CommenterJ.J.H.

Good news,CMG.Ari Graynor is going to be starring in the TV pilot for Bad Teacher.

February 24,2013 | Unregistered Commentergwynn1984

I just saw that.So happy for her....but wish it was a better piece of work but I always thought a Always Sunny in Philadelphia/Girls type of comedy was in her wheelhouse.

February 24,2013 | Unregistered CommenterCMG

Nat,in case you haven't found out yet,Ben Richardson won Best Cinematography for Beasts of the Southern Wild......

February 24,2013 | Unregistered CommenterRichter Scale

I just don't get all the love for Silver Linings.It was an enjoyable film but certainly not extraordinary,the acting was good but again it didn't blow me away nor did the direction.

February 24,2013 | Unregistered Commenterjoel6

Richter -- thanks for sharing!I hadn't looked up the tech winners on account of way too busy.

joel6 - agreed

February 24,2013 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

Agree with Joel6,plus I don't get why Silver Linings is "Independent Spirit"with DeNiro,Cooper and Lawrence in the cast and supported and marketed by Harvey Weisntein?.Maybe it is technically,because it's within the required budget,but isn't it the equivalent to category fraud in the acting categories?It's like Hollywood movies didn't have enough with the Oscars and would've invaded the space of real independent movies.亚博主页But,what do I know?I feel saying this,specially tonight is like preaching in in the desert.

February 24,2013 | Unregistered Commenteriggy

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