Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Indie Spirit Awards Raise Budget Limit for Films to Laughable $30 Mil, Go Very Woke with Gender Neutral Awards

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The Independent Spirit Awards have become the joke of all time.

They’ve now raised the budget limit for eligible films to a freaking $30 million! Come on, where’s the spit take? They just want to compete with all the other awards shows like the Oscars, Critics Choice, and so on.

An indie film that costs more than $5 million is not indie nor in the spirit of independent filmmaking. Recently the limit had gotten up to $20 million. But now with $30 million, all bets are off.

On top of that, they’re switching over to very PC ‘gender neutral’ awards, so there’s no Best Actress or Best Actor, just Best Performance. The woke community has taken hold.

No one really cares about Film Independent or the Spirit Awards anymore. They have no viewers on their telecast. Last March their rating was so low it failed to make the Top 150 Cable shows of that day.

I guess they think the remedy is to let in as many movies that can overlap with the Oscars as possible. It won’t work, but good luck.

As for gender neutral awards, no one cares about that either. It’s also a real slap in the face to the men and women (yes there are still actual men and women) actors who would claim their own gender status. But no one cares about that anymore either.

Scratch the Spirit Awards off any list of meaningful awards.

PS The only value the Spirit Awards had in the past was a really amazing gift bag on every seat. But they cut that out years ago.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedmanhttps://www.showbiz411.com
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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