Let me emphasize that the Indie Spirit Awards are usually the fun about Oscar weekend. We could get to the tailend of this weekend and have that not be true. This could be a relatively boring rehash of "The Artist"s usual success, and that's fine, but we have the Oscars for that. Which is why I am far and away going for "Drive", "Martha Marcy May Marlene", "Take Shelter", and "Shame" to clean up this evening. Will it happen? probably not. It's a bit of a strain to think that "The Artist" would only take home one award. But let's dare to be adventurous this weekend, shall we? Isn't that so much more fun?
Now there are obviously places where I know that what I want to win isn't going to win. "50/50" has a certain chance in the screenplay category, as does "Beginners". J.C. Chandor's "Margin Call" could snap up the debut director/writer credits, which would be a massive shame. Michelle Williams could snatch up actress, and Jean Dujardin is more than likely for Actor. But I'm game with thinking that this could be so delightfully up in the air this particular year. Or maybe not, but "Black Swan" and "Winter's Bone" both took home some deserving wins last year. I'm hoping for the rush of the new to beat out the nostalgia of the old.
Best Feature: "Drive"
Best Director: Nicolas Winding Refn ("Drive")
Best First Feature: "Martha Marcy May Marlene"
John Cassavetes Award: "Bellflower"
Best Screenplay: "Beginners"
Best First Screenplay: "50/50"
Best Female Lead: Elizabeth Olsen ("Martha Marcy May Marlene")
Best Male Lead: Michael Shannon ("Take Shelter")
Best Supporting Female: Jessica Chastain ("Take Shelter")
Best Supporting Male: Albert Brooks ("Drive")
Best Cinematography: "The Artist"
Best Documentary: "Bill Cunningham New York"
Best Foreign Film: "Shame"