BIRDMAN Soars At Independent Spirit Awards, NIGHTCRAWLER Also Scores
Dan Gilroy's Nightcrawler, a big favourite around these parts, collected a brace of awards for Best Screenplay and Best First Feature. Whiplash also secured a second award for Best Editing. Elsewhere, Citizenfour was named Best Documentary, Justin Simien won the Best First Screenplay award for Dear White People and Ida was named Best International Film. The John Cassavetes Award, for a film budgeted at under $500,000, went to Aaron Katz and Martha Stephens' Land Ho! Meanwhile Ava DuVernay's Selma, which had four nominations, went home empty-handed.
While the night held no real surprises, it could easily foreshadow precisely how the Academy Awards give out their awards tonight - although Nightcrawler's screenplay win is likely to go to The Grand Budapest Hotel or Birdman. We will know for sure this time tomorrow.