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2017 Spirit Awards Winners Announced
Moonlight takes home six awards!
Spirit Awards: ‘Moonlight’ Dominates En Route to the Oscars
Four of the last five Film Independent Spirit Award winners for best feature have gone on to secure the best picture Oscar. But that wasn’t always the status quo. Rather, it’s indicative of the Academy Awards’ slow evolution into something resembling the Spirits. The last best feature Spirit winner to sit out the Oscars’ top... Read more »
Isabelle Who…ppert? A Beginner’s Guide to the Oscar-Nominated ‘Elle’ Actress
“Isabelle who…?” It’s a question I’ve gotten more times than I’d care to count this Oscar season, as audiences discover the fearless star of Paul Verhoeven’s subversive French thriller “Elle” — who just added an Independent Spirit Award to the collection of accolades the role has earned. Still, it’s nothing to be ashamed of, if... Read more »
‘Toni Erdmann’ Remake: Maren Ade Praises Jack Nicholson, Says She Will ‘Definitely Not Be Involved’
After winning a Spirit Award for best international film, “Toni Erdmann” director Maren Ade stepped into the backstage press tent where the media was interested in asking her one question in particular: What does she think of the news that her film is set to be remade with Jack Nicholson touted to play a central... Read more »
You be the judge: how to watch the Oscar hopefuls

We trawl the streaming services for this year’s Oscar-nominated films – and two female actors neglected by the Academy

It’s the Academy Awards on 26 February, and while the Oscars’ extreme bias towards late prestige releases means you still have to head to the cinema to do most of your pre-ceremony catch-up, a handful of nominees can be accessed from your couch. I’ve already enthused about scrappy underdog best picture nominee Hell or High Water, which is available on the usual on-demand channels; ditto Captain Fantastic and Florence Foster Jenkins. Netflix can hook you up with Yorgos Lanthimos’s wicked dating satire The Lobster, a pleasingly against-the-grain screenplay nominee, and Ava DuVernay’s stirring, Bafta-winning civil rights doc 13th. Head to Curzon Home Cinema, meanwhile, to check out Tanna, a rapturously shot Vanuatuan tribal romance that is very much the dark horse in the foreign-language race, and for a mere £2.20, Gianfranco Rosi’s sparse, shivery refugee-crisis meditation Fire at Sea, handily the most deserving of this year’s documentary nominees.

The one that will likely win, however, is currently streaming on BBC iPlayer, and if you have eight hours of a lazy Sunday to set aside for OJ: Made in America, Ezra Edelman’s mammoth inquisition into the trial of another century, you’ll find yourself duly engrossed. Edelman makes the most of the considerable time he’s been allotted, leaving no investigative stone unturned on the matter of OJ Simpson’s murder case, but also skipping off them into morally ruminative sidebars on racial prejudice and socioeconomic imbalance in the US. It’s not startling to anyone of newspaper-reading age in 1995, nor is it assembled with much cinematic ingenuity, but it’s honestly compulsive.

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In this photo provided by Paramount Pictures, John Krasinski portrays Jack Silva in a scene from the film, "13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi.

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Academy revokes '13 Hours' sound mixer's Oscar nomination

LOS ANGELES (AP) — One day before the Oscars, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has voted to rescind the sound mixing nomination for Greg P. Russell for his work on "13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi.

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Casey Affleck Slams Trump Administration’s ‘Abhorrent’ Policies in Spirit Awards Speech
During what was a mostly apolitical ceremony — especially when compared with those of the awards season so far — Casey Affleck took his moment at the Spirit Awards podium to call out the Trump administrations’ “abhorrent” policies. Affleck won best lead actor at the independent film awards on Saturday for his role in “Manchester by... Read more »
2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards - Press Room
Barry Jenkins poses in the press room with the award for best feature for "Moonlight" at the Film Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday, Feb.

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