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'Precious' sweeps Indie Spirit Awards ... Oscars next? (Hey, where was 'The Hurt Locker'?)

March 5, 2010 | 11:50 pm

With winners like best actor Jeff Bridges ("Crazy Heart") and Mo'Nique ("Precious"), the Independent Spirit Awards looked a lot like the Oscars. But that's not unusual. When Oscar front-runners compete at the Indie Spirits, they usually win. Recent examples: Penelope Cruz ("Vicky Cristina Barcelona"), Alan Arkin ("Little Miss Sunshine"), Philip Seymour Hoffman ("Capote"), Charlize Theron ("Monster").

Now and then there are rare exceptions – like last year when Mickey Rourke ("The Wrestler") beat Sean Penn ("Milk") – but that may have occurred in part due to griping that "Milk" wasn't really an indie since it was produced for more than $20 million.

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Missing from the nominees this year was the most notable indie of 2009 — "The Hurt Locker" — but that's because it competed at last year's Indie Spirits where it fared poorly. It wasn't nominated for best film, director or screenplay, only for two acting spots (Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie). Both lost. Considering how solid "The Hurt Locker's" awards sweep has been since, it really makes you wonder how much of that is due to a bandwagon effect gathered as "The Hurt Locker" juggernaut crashed through, first, the film critics awards, then the guild prizes, then tying "Avatar" for the most Oscar nominations. Would other award groups weigh it as lowly as the Indie Spirits did last year if not affected by what other awards do?

However, with "The Hurt Locker" out of the way, "Precious" got its due. At the start of derby season, back in November, it was widely considered to be the standout indie of the year. Some Oscarologists even pegged it to win the Oscar for best picture. Now it reaped five impressive Indie Spirit victories, including best picture, director, screenplay, actress (Gabby Sidibe) and supporting actress. That's one short of the record (six) held by "Fargo," "Sideways" and "Stand and Deliver."

Meantime, "The Hurt Locker" still got its own separate due from the rival awards for indie film bestowed on the opposite American coast early this derby season, the Gotham Awards, which broke off from the Indie Spirit Awards in 2006.  Back on Nov. 30, it won trophies for best film and ensemble.

However, the Gothams chose to snub "Precious." Thus the curious game continues between these competing awards that, year after year, pick one of two top indies to the exclusion of another. Doesn't that make you wonder how they would vote if not influenced by other awards?


BEST FEATURE: "Precious"
BEST DIRECTOR: Lee Daniels, "Precious"
BEST ACTOR: Jeff Bridges, "Crazy Heart"
BEST ACTRESS: Gabby Sidibe, "Precious"
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Woody Harrelson, "The Messenger"
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Mo’Nique, "Precious"
BEST FIRST FEATURE: "Crazy Heart"
BEST SCREENPLAY: Scott Neustadter, Michael H. Weber, "(500) Days of Summer"
BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY: Geoffrey Fletcher, "Precious"
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: Roger Deakins, "A Serious Man"
BEST DOCUMENTARY: "Anvil!"
BEST FOREIGN FILM: "An Education"
JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD: "Humpday"
ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD: Director and Cast of "A Serious Man"
PRODUCERS AWARD: Karen Chien ("The Exploding Girl," "Santa Mesa")
SOMEONE TO WATCH AWARD: Kyle Patrick Alvarez, "Easier With Practice"
TRUER THAN FICTION AWARD: Bill Ross, Turner Ross, "45365"

Photo: "Precious." Credit: Lionsgate

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Personally, I found the movie "Precious" to be one of the worse movies that I have ever experienced throughout my life so far. I couldn’t agree more than with the review written by “multimedia journalist,” Prairie Miller, describing this movie as “Baby Mama Dearest, but minus the coat hangers and Hollywood mansion,” along with, “Part ghetto afterschool special, part bad parenting horror movie, Precious reveals less about underclass urban existence than class snobbery and contempt within bourgie black culture.”

I am not a colorist yet I truly feel that “Precious,” by Geoffrey Fletcher and Lee Daniels makes absolutely no progression toward anti-colorism and; it only continues the perpetuation of ghetto filmmaking.

Precious, yuck...it's really disgusting that tonight this yucky fatty movies gets almost the same number of oscars (3) as AVATAR, a masterpiece that drew millions and millions of people to theaters.
AVATAR a FAT number of awards, well over anything else.

It's disgusting to know just how racist and stupid people can be.

Why would I want to see a movie about fat black women.

I would have to be nuts.

Vito

Moley, what's interesting is how whites are complete incapable of hiding behind the internet and comment on a minority related story without elements of racism spweing out.

PRECIOUS will not win an OSCAR. POCLT has already leaked the votes. Mr. Daniels next film OOPS PEOPLE OF COLOR LIVE THERE is looking like it could be a winner providing he lose the obese characters.

She may be Precious but she is still fat. Who cares you say? well, it says that she overeats and is lazy. That's what.

terry --do u get out much----

Even in an article about the Precious sweep, the LA Times finds time to blast 'The Hurt Locker". How typical. Maybe after your next round of budget cuts, you can just farm out your industry columns to the studios.

Journalism died at the LA Times long, long ago.

Are you serious? That "Precious" movie was anything but. What a waste of time sitting in a theater watching crap like that.


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