Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Indie Spirit Awards Going Back to the Beach


Yay! Good news! The Independent Spirit Awards are going back to the beach.

They’ve just announced that the next Spirit Awards are going back to the big tent in Santa Monica on the beach. The awards will also return o the Saturday afternoon before the Oscars, meaning February 26th.

Last year, the Spirit Awards tried a move to Hollywood, prime time, and Friday night. It was a disaster, a desultory decision that made the awards devoid of spirit.

The whole charm of Film Independent and the awards is that rogue feeling — in a tent, by the beach, away from the awards madness. This return shows good sense.

Maybe the Academy Awards will follow suit and drop back to five Best Picture nominations.

As for the Spirit Awards, there are lots of good choices this year: “Howl,” “Solitary Man,” “Welcome to the Rileys,” “Please Give,” “Mother and Child,” “Blue Valentine,” “Barneys Version,” and so on. I would think that Halle Berry would have more luck with her “Frankie and Alice” here than at the Oscars.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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