Nomadland leads winners at 2021 Movie Unbiased Spirit Awards | Leisure

‘Nomadland’ was the big winner of the Film Independent Spirit Awards 2021 and won four awards on Thursday (22.40.21).

The drama beat competition from “First Cow”, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”, “Minari” and “Never Seldom Sometimes Always” to win the prestigious “Best Feature Film” award, while filmmaker Chloe Zhao was best Director was honored, which further strengthened her predictions. I’ll get the same award at the Oscars this weekend.

The film was also awarded Best Editing and Best Cinematography.

Riz Ahmed triumphed in a strong category and took on the best male lead role for “Sound of Metal” ahead of Steven Yeun (“Minari”), Adarsh ​​Gourav (“The White Tiger”), Rob Morgan (“Bull”) and the late Chadwick Boseman (‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’) and in his acceptance speech he encouraged those whose lives were turned upside down due to the coronavirus pandemic.

He said, “The Sound of Metal is about how a health crisis can throw your life off course, and on the other hand there can be a lot of discomfort but also clarity. And for anyone who has gone through some upheaval this year, me.” wish you peace on the other side. “

Carey Mulligan, the star of the promising young woman, dedicated her victory to Helen McCrory as best female lead after her death on April 16 after a secret battle with cancer.

She said, “I just want to dedicate this award to a true independent spirit – an actress that I looked up to and will continue to look up to for the rest of my career, Helen McCrory. Thanks to her for all she has given us.”

The 35-year-old actress was shortlisted for the award alongside Nicole Beharie (‘Miss Juneteenth’), Viola Davis (‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’).

Sidney Flanigan (“Never Seldom, Sometimes Always”), Julia Garner (“The Assistant”) and Frances McDormand (“Nomadland”).

For the first time in history, the event also recognized television and history performance, with “I May Destroy You” winning both Best New Scripted Series and Best Ensemble Cast In A New Scripted Series.

The “unorthodox” stars Amit Rahav and Shira Haas each won best male and best female performance in a new script series.

“Never seldom, sometimes always” had given the nominations with seven nods, but could not win in any category.

2021 Film Independent Spirit Awards selected list of winners:

Best feature:


Best first feature:

“Sound Of Metal”

Best Director:

Chloé Zhao, “Nomadland”

Best script:

“Promising young woman”

Best first script:

Andy Siara, “Palm Springs”

John Cassavetes Award:


Best male lead:

Riz Ahmed, “Sound of Metal”

Best female lead:

Carey Mulligan, “Promising Young Woman”

Best Supporting Man:

Paul Raci, “Sound of Metal”

Best supportive woman:

Yuh-Jung Youn, ‘Minari’

Best camera:

Joshua James Richards, “Nomad Land”

Best processing:

Chloé Zhao, “Nomadland”

Robert Altman Award:

“One night in Miami”

Producer price:

Gerry Kim

Someone to see award:

Ekwa Msangi, “Farewell Cupid”

Best New Script Series:

“I can destroy you”

Best Female Performance in a New Screenplay Series:

Shira Haas, “unorthodox”

Best Male Performance in a New Screenplay Series:

Amit Rahav, “unorthodox”

Best Ensemble in a New Screenplay Series:

“I can destroy you”

Oscar predictions: Can something beat “Nomadland”? | Leisure

Ahead of Sunday’s 93rd Academy Awards, Associated Press Film Writers Jake Coyle and Lindsey Bahr share their predictions for a ceremony that is forging on in the midst of the pandemic.

Oscar Predictions best picture

This combination photo shows poster art for best picture Oscar nominees, top row from left, “The Father,” “Judas and the Black Messiah,” “Mank,” “Minari,” bottom row from left, “Nomadland,” “Promising Young Woman,” Sound of Metal,” and The Trial of the Chicago 7.”


The Nominees: “The Father,” “Judas and the Black Messiah,””Mank,” “Minari,” “Nomadland,””Promising Young Woman,””Sound of Metal,” “The Trial of the Chicago 7.”

COYLE: A contemplative character study made for $5 million and populated by non-professional actors, Chloé Zhao’s “Nomadland” is not your typical Oscar heavyweight. And yet it’s overwhelming the favorite, a roundly acclaimed movie from an exciting auteur that has already ruled at the Golden Globes, the BAFTAs and, most crucially, the producers and directors’ guilds. The weirdness of this unending pandemic awards season adds a drop of uncertainty to everything. But as much as I’d like to see “Sound of Metal,” “Promising Young Woman” or “Minari” sneak in for an upset, “Nomadland” is a near-lock, and an eminently worthy winner. But it’s udder madness that Kelly Reichardt’s lyrical “First Cow” never contended here. And how much better would the season have been if Steve McQueen’s explosive “Small Axe” film anthology (which instead will vie at the Emmys) had somehow been in the mix? Old Oscar traditions are eroding, but not quickly enough.

BAHR: You had to bring up “Small Axe,” didn’t you? I would have liked to see “Never Rarely Sometimes Always” go the distance too, but I guess this year there was only room for one contemplative character study made for under $5 million — and the one about the rural Pennsylvania teens on a bleak road trip wasn’t it. But it would still be “Nomadland’s” year and that’s only cause for celebration.

Oscar Predictions actress

This combination photo shows Oscar nominees for best actress, from left, Viola Davis in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” Andra Day in “The United States vs Billie Holiday,” Vanessa Kirby in “Pieces of a Woman,” Frances McDormand in “Nomadland and Carey Mulligan in Promising Young Woman.” 


The Nominees: Carey Mulligan, “Promising Young Woman”; Frances McDormand, “Nomadland”; Viola Davis, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”; Vanessa Kirby, “Pieces of a Woman”; Andra Day, “The United States vs. Billie Holiday.”

BAHR: The best actress race is perhaps the biggest wild card of the night. Viola Davis won the Screen Actors Guild Award, Andra Day won the Golden Globe and Frances McDormand won the BAFTA. It’s chaos! Day still seems like a long shot and McDormand’s last win still seems fresh enough that it might push voters who would’ve otherwise went for her Fern elsewhere. This year I’m inclined to believe that Davis will walk away with the trophy for her raw portrayal of blues singer Ma Rainey, but I can’t help but think that perhaps Mulligan should win for “Promising Young Woman.” As for who should’ve been a contender, there are so many but two of my favorites include Aubrey Plaza in the criminally underseen “Black Bear” and Han Ye-ri, who gave my favorite performance in “Minari” as the long-suffering, steadfast mother Monica.

COYLE: Chaos indeed! I think this is a toss up between Davis and Mulligan, with the edge going to Davis after her SAG win. Davis has won before, for her titanic performance in “Fences.” But that came (somewhat debatably) as supporting actress. And there is justice in Davis — very possibly the greatest actor alive — taking the top award, especially when you factor in the category’s history. Just once before has a Black woman (Halle Berry in 2002 for “Monster’s Ball”) won best actress. Still, the race would have been all the more interesting if it hadn’t overlooked two of the year’s best performances: Radha Blank (“The Forty-Year-Old Version”) and Carrie Coon (“The Nest”).

Oscar Predictions actors

This combination of photos shows the Oscar nominees for best actor, from left, Riz Ahmed, “Sound of Metal”; Chadwick Boseman, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”; Anthony Hopkins, “The Father”; Gary Oldman, “Mank”; and Steven Yeun, “Minari.”


The nominees: Riz Ahmed, “Sound of Metal”; Chadwick Boseman, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”; Anthony Hopkins, “The Father”; Gary Oldman, “Mank”; Steven Yeun, “Minari.”

COYLE: After some ho-hum years, the best actor category is really strong this time around. I loved all of these performances. Still, this award has — rightly — belonged to Boseman throughout an award season that has doubled as tribute and wake for the late “Ma Rainey” actor. His greatest performance was his last. Some see a chance of Hopkins (who won at the BAFTAs) pulling off an upset for his devastating portrait of a man stricken with dementia. But I don’t. Expect Boseman to become the third actor to win an Oscar posthumously, following Heath Ledger (“The Dark Knight”) and Peter Finch (“Network”). I wouldn’t swap any of these nominees out, but Sacha Baron Cohen’s high-wire guerilla performance in “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” is in a category by itself.

BAHR: Could you imagine if Boseman didn’t win? The grit and commitment in all these performances are worth singing about, though. There were so many others that could have fit in here too, like Delroy Lindo for “Da 5 Bloods,” Mads Mikkelsen for “Another Round” or, while we’re bending categories, even Hugh Jackman for “Bad Education.”

Oscar Predictions supporting actress

This combination photo shows Oscar nominees for best supporting actress, from left, Maria Bakalova in “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm,” Glenn Close in “Hillbilly Elegy,” Olivia Colman in “The Father,” Amanda Seyfried in “Mank,” and Yuh-Jung Youn in “Minari.” 


The Nominees: Maria Bakalova, “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm”; Glenn Close, “Hillbilly Elegy”; Olivia Colman, “The Father”; Amanda Seyfried, “Mank”; Yuh-Jung Youn, “Minari.”

BAHR: In a category where Amanda Seyfried started out seeming like a lock, it certainly seems like the tide has shifted toward Yuh-Jung Youn for her performance as the unconventional grandmother Soonja in “Minari.” It’s a difficult task to be both the comic relief and the heart of a film, but she pulls it off effortlessly which is why she probably will and should win (although Maria Bakalova could sweep in with a possible upset). Both women elevated their respective films and deserve all the attention they’re getting. And Seyfried will absolutely get her Oscar somewhere down the line. I would have also liked to see Talia Ryder advance to this stage for “Never Rarely Sometimes Always.”

COYLE: This has been a shape-shifting race but Youn is definitely in the lead. I’d like to see more love all around for “Minari,” but it’s kind of fitting that Lee Isaac Chung’s film be celebrated through the minari-growing matriarch of the movie. Two other names that I wish were here, both for disarmingly funny, natural performances: Cristin Milioti, MVP of “Palm Springs,” and Dylan Gelula of the indie college romance “S—-house.

Oscar Predictions supporting actor

This combination photo shows Oscar nominees for best supporting actor, from left, Sacha Baron Cohen in “The Trial of the Chicago 7,” Daniel Kaluuya in “Judas and the Black Messiah,” Leslie Odom Jr. in “One Night in Miami,” Paul Raci in “Sound of Metal” and Lakeith Stanfield in “Judas and the Black Messiah.” (Netflix/Warner Bros./Amazon Studios/Amazon Studios/Warner Bros. via AP Photo


The Nominees: Sacha Baron Cohen, “The Trial of the Chicago 7”; Daniel Kaluuya, “Judas and the Black Messiah”; Leslie Odom Jr., “One Night in Miami”; Paul Raci, “Sound of Metal”; LaKeith Stanfield, “Judas and the Black Messiah.”

COYLE: This seems certain to go to Daniel Kaluuya. For his mighty performance as Black Panther leader Fred Hampton, Kaluuya (a nominee for “Get Out”) has racked up wins at the SAGs, Globes and BAFTAs. A little wrinkle came when Stanfield was unexpectedly nominated here despite being campaigned for as a leading actor — and that could split some of the vote between the two “Judas and the Black Messiah” stars. Stanfield, for me, is the best actor in this bunch. But this is Kaluuya’s year. Stanfield will be back, as will some of the performers who missed out, like Kingsley Ben-Adir, terrific as Malcolm X in “One Night in Miami.”

BAHR: Oh, Kingsley Ben-Adir! If I’m being perfectly honest, I would have been happy if the supporting slate was simply the cast of “One Night in Miami,” plus Kaluuya. I do think Paul Raci has a shot as the Cinderella story of awards season, but it also feels like it’s time to get Kaluuya up on that stage.

Oscar Predictions directors

This combination photo shows Oscar nominees for best director, from left, Lee Isaac Chung for “Minari,” Emerald Fennell for “Promising Young Woman,” David Fincher for “Mank,” Thomas Vinterberg for “Another Round” and Chloé Zhao for “Nomadland.” 


The Nominees: Chloé Zhao, “Nomadland”; Lee Isaac Chung, “Minari”; David Fincher, “Mank”; Emerald Fennell, “Promising Young Woman”; Thomas Vinterberg, “Another Round.”

BAHR: The directing category is Chloé Zhao’s to lose and I think she both will win and should win for the transcendent “Nomadland,” even if it’s become a forgone conclusion at this point. In an awards season as endless as this one it’s hard not to be skeptical of any film and filmmaker that has thus far swept most awards. But that this tiny movie has had such an ascent is something of a miracle and well deserved. The bonus is that (hopefully) we’ll finally have more than one best director-winner who is a woman. That said, it would have been nice had Miranda July (“Kajillionaire”) been among the contenders as well.

COYLE: I like imaging the Dynes of “Kajillionaire” getting all dressed up and taking multiple bus transfers to the Oscars. But Zhao will win, and it should be a great moment. Not just because she’ll be only the second woman to ever win the award but because she’s an exceptional — and exceptionally humble — filmmaker with a lot of movies ahead of her. More often this award goes to someone who’s been around a while. Pretty soon, we’ll be wondering how it’s possible that David Fincher — maybe the very best Hollywood director of his era — hasn’t ever won.

Oscar Nominations documentary feature

This combination of photos shows poster art for Oscar nominees for the documentary feature category, from left, “Collective,” “Crip Camp,” “The Mole Agent,” “My Octopus Teacher,” and “Time.”


The Nominees: “Collective,” “Crip Camp,” “The Mole Agent,” “My Octopus Teacher,” “Time”

COYLE: With increasing frequency, this is the best Oscar category, and it’s the one with the most snubs. Some of the very best movies of the year — including “Dick Johnson Is Dead” and “The Truffle Hunters” — didn’t make it through the crowded shortlist stage. And still the films that did get nominated are sensational. Probably the only one that I wouldn’t pick — “My Octopus Teacher” — is going to win. Little noticed at its debut last fall, the film’s audience swelled on Netflix, turning it into an out-of-the-blue Academy Awards contender. I would cheer loudest, though, if “Crip Camp” were to win. It would be a triumph for a warm-hearted film, and for the disability community.

BAHR: Even the shortlist itself was brutal, leaving out “The Dissident” and “Acasa, My Home” but the documentary category has long left out some of the medium’s best work (hi “Hoop Dreams”). It is odd that a late-game Netflix sensation like “My Octopus Teacher” somehow became the frontrunner, but I’m trying not to judge what people connect to this year even if I would prefer an urgent piece like “Collective” take the prize.


The Nominees: “Quo Vadis, Aida?”, Bosnia and Herzegovina; “Another Round,” Denmark; “Better Days,” Hong Kong; “Collective,” Romania; “The Man Who Sold His Skin,” Tunisia.

BAHR: This category seems to be a race between Denmark’s “Another Round” and Romania’s “Collective,” both of which were nominated in other prominent categories (director and documentary, respectively). I think this one will veer towards “Another Round” simply because its directing nod gave it a brighter spotlight and a bigger audience and voters have a chance to honor “Collective” in another category. Another film that would have been a worthy contender here is Italy’s “Martin Eden.”

COYLE: “Another Round” is a lock. But “Quo Vadis, Aida?” is really good, too. Jasmila Žbanić dramatizes the lead-up to the 1995 massacre of Bosnian Muslim men and boys by the Bosnian Serb army in Srebrenica. Following a fictional translator (Jasna Đuričić) working for the United Nations, the film devastatingly probes a human rights tragedy.

Oscar Nominations documentary feature

This combination of photos shows poster art for Oscar nominees for the documentary feature category, from left, “Collective,” “Crip Camp,” “The Mole Agent,” “My Octopus Teacher,” and “Time.”


The Nominees: “Onward,” “Over the Moon,” “A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon,” “Soul,” “Wolfwalkers.”

COYLE: Pixar, like always, seems to have this in the bag. The studio’s “Soul” is the clear favorite. There’s so much that’s wondrous in Pete Docter’s film that its Oscar victory is hardly something to lament. But you couldn’t find a better underdog than the plucky Irish animation studio Cartoon Saloon, which last year released their most enchanting and ambitious film yet. Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart’s “Wolfwalkers,” the culmination of a triptych of Irish folklore, is impossibly stunning. Every hand-drawn frame is a work of art. It’s the Kilkenny-based studio’s fifth Oscar nomination, and it’s time they won one.

BAHR: Disney and Pixar are so hard to beat. Since 2010, they’ve won eight times and the other two were not exactly indie underdogs (“Rango” and “Spider-Verse”). I’m rooting for “Wolfwalkers” but I’m betting on “Soul.”

‘Nomadland’ wins four BAFTAs together with greatest image, director | Leisure

Hosts such as Hugh Grant, Tom Hiddleston, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Priyanka Chopra Jonas announced the winners from the stage at London’s Royal Albert Hall, but the recipients accepted their honors from afar and there was no black audience to cheer them on.

Director Remi Weekes, who won the UK Debut Award for his first feature film, “His House”, noticed the surreal feeling of receiving the award while sitting in his living room in a tuxedo.

British film awards

FILE – In this file photo, director Chloe Zhao (left) appears with actress Frances McDormand on the set of Nomadland. “Nomadland” won four awards, including best picture, at the British Academy Film Awards on Sunday, April 11, 2021. The film’s director, Chloe Zhao, was only the second woman to win the Best Director trophy, and star Frances McDormand was named Best Actress. “Nomadland” also won the cinematography award on Sunday. Emerald Fennell’s revenge comedy, Promising Young Woman, was named Best British Film, while 83-year-old Anthony Hopkins was named Best Actor for playing a man who struggled with dementia in The Father. A recent #BAFTAsSoWhite-labeled event rewarded a diverse group of talent during a pandemic-slowed ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall in London. (Searchlight images via AP, FIle)


“Nomadland” plays McDormand as a middle-aged woman who travels the American West while living in her van and taking up short-term work.

Zhao, who lived among real American travelers for the film, thanked “the nomad community who so generously welcomed us into their lives.”

“How we treat our elders says a lot about who we are as a society, and we have to do better,” she said.

The only previous director was Kathryn Bigelow in 2010 for “The Hurt Locker”.

The UK Film Academy expanded its voting rights and changed its rules last year to address an apparent lack of diversity in nominations. In 2020, for the seventh year in a row, no women were nominated for best directors, and all 20 nominees in the Lead and Support Performer categories were white.

Under new rules that, among other things, made viewing all long-list films mandatory for Academy voters, this year’s list of nominees for acting was noticeably more diverse, and four of the six filmmakers nominated for best director were women: Zhao, Sarah Gavron (“Rocks” “), Shannon Murphy (” Babyteeth “) and Jasmila Zbanic (” Quo Vadis, Aida? “).

‘Nomadland,’ ‘Rocks’ lead extra numerous BAFTA nominations | Leisure

“When you see how much people are in love with ‘Rocks’, you feel indispensable in the world and feel less marginal to the bigger picture,” said Bakray, who was nominated for Best Actress in a video interview, “And you just feel like the main character in your own story. “

Four of the six nominees are women, including Zhao, Gavron, Shannon Murphy (“Babyteeth”) and Jasmila Zbanic (“Quo Vadis, Aida?”). Also nominated are Lee Isaac Chung for the family drama “Minari” and Thomas Vinterberg for the Danish dark comedy “Another Round”.

Other films have also been nominated. A total of 50 films were nominated, compared to 39 in the previous year. BAFTA executive director Amanda Berry said in a video interview that one of the most important parts of the academy’s overhaul was getting members to watch more than just the most hyped films. Despite the pandemic, a total of 258 films were included in this year’s BAFTAs, which, according to the academy, have been viewed more than 150,000 times via its online platform.

“Hundreds of people were involved in this review. This resulted in 120 changes that we made across the company, ”said Berry. “But one of the biggest feedback was that it felt like not enough people were watching enough movies.”

Nominated for best film are: “Nomadland”, Florian Zeller’s dementia drama “The Father”, Kevin Macdonald’s Guantanamo Bay drama “The Mauretanian”, Emerald Fennell’s pitch-black revenge comedy “Promising Young Woman” and Aaron Sorkin’s courtroom drama “The Trial” the 1960s of Chicago 7. ”

Evaluation: ‘Nomadland’ energy in Fern’s every day challenges | Leisure

This picture, published by Searchlight Pictures, shows writer and director Chloé Zhao from left, cameraman Joshua James Richards and actress Frances McDormand on the set of Nomadland. Zhao made cinema rugged authenticity and often relied on non-professional actors and moments of chance when filming. She is nominated for a Golden Globe for best director.

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KEARNEY – For anyone wondering about the lure of the open road, someone like Fern is answering that call.

After her husband dies and the gypsum factory in Empire, Nevada closes, Fern loads her van with what she needs and sets off to find something elusive, something she can’t get to. With the closure of the plant, the village of Empire ceases to exist and even the post office sets the city’s zip code.

The setting for “Nomadland” feels as bleak as the snow-covered lockers in which Fern, played by Frances McDormand (“Fargo”, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”), sorts her belongings. Directed by Chloe Zhao (“Songs My Brothers Taught Me”), “Nomadland” follows Fern as she takes on a number of temporary jobs and lives in her van off the road.

In one scene she meets a friend in a big shop. Her friend’s daughter says to Fern: “My mother said you are homeless. Is that true? “To which Fern replies:” No, just without a house. Not the same, right? “

For many viewers, the film may seem pointless, without conflict. The real tension comes from Fern’s search for a sense of community and belonging. When given these very things, she refuses them in order to ensure the comfort and safety of her touring vehicle. As the story progresses, Fern builds a community of other outsiders. She makes deep and meaningful friendships with the other nomads – but always keeps them at a distance.

Evaluation: A distinct sort of American odyssey in ‘Nomadland’ | Leisure

This picture, published by Searchlight Pictures, shows Frances McDormand in a scene from the movie “Nomadland”.

This picture, published by Searchlight Pictures, shows Frances McDormand in a scene from the movie “Nomadland”.

Review: Another Kind of American Odyssey in 'Nomadland'

This picture, published by Searchlight Pictures, shows Frances McDormand in a scene from the movie “Nomadland”.

Review: Another Kind of American Odyssey in 'Nomadland'

This picture, published by Searchlight Pictures, shows Frances McDormand in a scene from the movie “Nomadland”.

Review: Another Kind of American Odyssey in 'Nomadland'

This picture, published by Searchlight Pictures, shows Frances McDormand in a scene from the movie “Nomadland”.

Film writer by LINDSEY BAHR AP

The great recession not only cut jobs, it wiped out an entire city. Six months after US Gypsum closed its doors in Empire, Nevada, a corporate town since 1948, its zip code was withdrawn and residents were forced to leave. It is this short story that made Chloé Zhao’s extraordinary ” Nomad land, “Following one of these residents, Frances McDormand’s Fern, on a journey through the American West into nowhere.

Far is a Vandweller, partly by choice, partly by circumstances – the closure of the empire, the costly and slow death of her husband, and the deep-seated need for solitude and exploration have left her with few connections and even fewer possessions, which she carves save for that Essential and the most sentimental. Everything else is in a storage unit on an abandoned, snow-covered freeway that is literally in the middle of nowhere. It might as well be on the moon.

At the beginning or never really we hear a lot from afar. A factory manager at Amazon speaks more words than in the first scenes. It’s one of the beauties of “Nomadland,” based on Jessica Brother’s book about the invisible victims of the modern economy. This is a calm, somewhat romantic, but mostly realistic, exploration of a fringe population of aging workers and retirees who spend the rest of their days hiking, seasonal workers in national parks, South Dakota’s wall drug, picking up odd jobs and paychecks and storing them in huge Amazon warehouses the so-called CamperForce program.