It’s Indies Versus Blockbusters In The Oscar Race

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Week two of the Oscar race is underway and things are starting to get heated as the nominations for the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild awards arrive on Wednesday and Thursday. The Golden Globes will be awarding films and actors for comedies, dramas, and musicals this year.

Last year’s winners of the Golden Globes in drama acting categories have all been awarded Oscars; however, neither of the two best film winners (“The Grand Budapest Hotel” and “Boyhood”) went on to win the best picture. The Globes eligibility committee has decided to put “The Martian” in the comedy category this year because, despite the film’s rather dark theme of abandonment on a dead planet, it’s pretty light-hearted and packed with subtle and tasteful humor.

While it’s still early to predict any real outcomes, it’s becoming more and more apparent that we’re looking at a face-off between blockbusters and indie films, which is pretty interesting. “Spotlight” was awarded the Gothams’ Top Award last week, The New York Film Critics Circle picked “Carol” while the National Board of Review went with “Mad Max: Fury Road” as well as the Boston Online Film Critics Association, which revealed the winners on Saturday and gave the award for best actor to Michael B. Jordan whereas Sylvester Stallone won the award for best supporting actor in “Creed.” The indies nailed the best actress wins as Boston gave the award to Sairose Ronan for ”Brooklyn” and best supporting actress to Kirsten Stewart for “Clouds of Sils Maria.”

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The investigative journalism drama “Spotlight” was named best picture by both the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and The New York Film Critics Online on Sunday. From there, the East coast and the West coast went their separate ways, with Lost Angeles awarding George Miller with the Best Director award for ”Mad Max,” Michael Fassbender for best actor and Charlotte Rampling best actress for “45 Years.” New York, on the other hand, went with Tom McCarthy for best director (“Spotlight”), Brie Larson was awarded best Actress for “Room” while Paul Dano was awarded best actor for “Love and Mercy.”

There’s a lot of diversity in the awards this year, but that’s not really surprising. It’s great that indie films have achieved so much this early. This is apparent when looking at “Carol” and “Mad Max: Fury Road,” two films with very different budgets, which both scored their fair share of awards.
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