2008 POST-ACADEMY AWARDS WEEKEND WRAP-UP

Awards Weekend is over! Whether it be an indie cred-boosting Spirit Award, a career tanking Razzie or a stiff, golden, bald man named Oscar, and the winners all have their shiny prizes and it’s time to take one last look back at all the events:

2008 INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARDS
I railed against Film Independent last year in my Spirit Awards wrap-up, so I’m not about to do the same thing here. Besides, blogger Anthony Kaufman made the best point this year by pointing out that the films that won the Spirit Awards were the highest grossing of the “indie” films out there, based on the fact that those that vote for the Spirit Awards are the public that can buy membership into Film Independent and, therefore, are more likely to vote for the films they’ve seen which, more often then not, are the box office winners too. It’s all about exposure dictating award merit for the Spirit Awards and, again, I’m not going to re-hash my points from last year (which still stand) other than to simply state that there were no alarms and no surprises here.

The full list of winners for the 2008 Spirit Awards:
Best Feature: “Juno”
Best Director: Julian Schnabel, “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly”
Best Male Lead: Philip Seymour Hoffman, “The Savages”
Best Female Lead: Ellen Page, “Juno”
Best Supporting Male: Chiwetel Ejiofor, “Talk to Me”
Best Supporting Female: Cate Blanchett, “I’m Not There”
Best Screenplay: Tamara Jenkins, “The Savages”
Best Cinematography: “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly”
Best Foreign Film: “Once” (Ireland)
Best Documentary: “Crazy Love”
Best First Feature: “The Lookout”
Best First Screenplay: Diablo Cody, “Juno”
Robert Altman Award “I’m Not There”: Director Todd Haynes, Casting Director Laura Rosenthal, Ensemble Cast Cate Blanchett, Christian Bale, Richard Gere, Heath Ledger, Ben Whishaw, Marcus Carl Franklin, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Bruce Greenwood, David Cross, Julianne Moore, Michelle Williams
John Cassavetes Award: “August Evening”
IFC Truer Than Fiction Award: Laura Dunn, Director of “The Unforeseen”
IFC/Acura Someone to Watch Award: Ramin Bahrani, Director of “Chop Shop”
Axium Producers Award: Neil Kopp, Producer of “Paranoid Park” and “Old Joy”

28TH ANNUAL RAZZIE AWARDS
The Razzies love Lindsay Lohan! “I Know Who Killed Me” took home the most awards, surprising those of us who were convinced “Norbit” would pick up the lion’s share. Technically, all the films listed as nominees sucked horrendously, so anyone taking home the “award” was going to be more than deserving so, eh, who cares who wins? It’s a dishonor just to be nominated…

The full list of “winners” for the 28th Annual Razzie Awards”
Worst Picture: “I Know Who Killed Me”
Worst Actor: Eddie Murphy, “Norbit”
Worst Actress: Lindsay Lohan, “I Know Who Killed Me”
Worst Supporting Actress: Lindsay Lohan (as Aubrey), “I Know Who Killed Me” or Lindsay Lohan (as Dakota), “I Know Who Killed Me”
Worst Screen Couple: Lindsay Lohan & Lindsay Lohan, “I Know Who Killed Me”
Worst Remake or Rip-Off: “I Know Who Killed Me” (Rip-Off of “Hostel,” “Saw,” and “The Patty Duke Show”)
Worst Prequel or Sequel: “Daddy Day Camp”
Worst Director: Chris Siverston, “I Know Who Killed Me”
Worst Screenplay: Jeffrey Hammond, “I Know Who Killed Me”
Worst Excuse for a Horror Movie: “I Know Who Killed Me”

The 2008 Academy Awards are next up in Part Two of the 2008 Post-Academy Awards Weekend Wrap-up>>>




Posted on February 26, 2008 in Features by
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