Wednesday, July 24, 2024

Only 46,000 People Watched Indie Spirit Awards on YouTube: “Past Lives” Won Best Picture


Only 46,000 people watched the Independent Spirit Awards on You Tube yesterday.

That’s less than 10% of the people who watched Pedro Pascal’s drunk acceptance speech on Saturday at the SAG Awards.

“Past Lives” won Best Feature. Jeffrey Wright and Da’Vine Joy Randolph won Best Lead and Supporting performances, respectively. Stupid gender free awards means there’s only one award in each category. No the opportunities for the actors to win is cut in half.

The Spirit Awards long ago lost their relevance or interest. They were finally taken off of TV because the ratings had dwindled to nothing. They’re sad sign of the decline of indie filmmaking. Next year they will probably be shown on a Samsung smart watch.

But congrats to all the winners! “Past Lives” is a lovely movie. Wright and Randolph gave beautiful performances. So that’s something.

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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