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Spirit Awards: ‘Moonlight’ Dominates En Route to the Oscars

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Four of the last five Film Independent Spirit Award winners for best feature have gone on to secure the best picture Oscar. But that wasn’t always the status quo. Rather, it’s indicative of the Academy Awards’ slow evolution into something resembling the Spirits. The last best feature Spirit winner to sit out the Oscars’ top… Read more »

‘Toni Erdmann’ Remake: Maren Ade Praises Jack Nicholson, Says She Will ‘Definitely Not Be Involved’

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After winning a Spirit Award for best international film, “Toni Erdmann” director Maren Ade stepped into the backstage press tent where the media was interested in asking her one question in particular: What does she think of the news that her film is set to be remade with Jack Nicholson touted to play a central… Read more »

Isabelle Who…ppert? A Beginner’s Guide to the Oscar-Nominated ‘Elle’ Actress

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“Isabelle who…?” It’s a question I’ve gotten more times than I’d care to count this Oscar season, as audiences discover the fearless star of Paul Verhoeven’s subversive French thriller “Elle” — who just added an Independent Spirit Award to the collection of accolades the role has earned. Still, it’s nothing to be ashamed of, if… Read more »

Casey Affleck Slams Trump Administration’s ‘Abhorrent’ Policies in Spirit Awards Speech

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During what was a mostly apolitical ceremony — especially when compared with those of the awards season so far — Casey Affleck took his moment at the Spirit Awards podium to call out the Trump administrations’ “abhorrent” policies. Affleck won best lead actor at the independent film awards on Saturday for his role in “Manchester by… Read more »

President Trump Says He Won’t Attend White House Correspondents’ Dinner

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President Donald Trump tweeted on Saturday that he will not attend the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, scheduled to take place on April 29. “I will not be attending the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner this year,” Trump tweeted. “Please wish everyone well and have a great evening!” The news comes after several prominent media organizations — namely… Read more »

Spirit Awards: ‘Moonlight’ Wins Best Feature Film Award

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Barry Jenkins’ coming-of-age drama “Moonlight” won the best feature award at the Spirit Awards on Saturday. The film won six awards total including prizes for director and screenplay. “Moonlight” won the feature award over “American Honey,” “Chronic,” “Jackie” and “Manchester by the Sea.” The trophy went to producers Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner and Adele Romanski. Casey… Read more »

Oscar Pre-Parties 2017: Inside Alfre Woodard’s Sistahs Soiree, Film Is Great & More

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There is always a lot to celebrate during Oscar week, but many of this year’s special occasions toasted to something in particular: a historical year for Oscar nominations by the Academy. Diversity and inclusion was front and center for celebrations throughout the week, from Alfre Woodard’s Sistahs Soiree, to Common’s pre-Oscar dinner (pictured above), to African-American publications Ebony and… Read more »

Tom Perez Elected Chair of Democratic National Committee

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Tom Perez, the most recent secretary of labor under Barack Obama, was elected the next chairman of the Democratic National Committee, after a contentious vote to lead the party after its devastating loss in November. Perez’s chief opponent in a large field of candidates was Keith Ellison, a congressman from Minnesota, who was endorsed by… Read more »

How to Watch the Spirit Awards Online

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Film Independent’s 32nd Spirit Awards will take place on Saturday afternoon — the day before the Academy Awards — in a tent on Santa Monica Beach. Comedians Nick Kroll and John Mulaney of “Oh, Hello” fame will co-host the awards. The Spirit Awards are voted on by members of Film Independent and require that the films… Read more »

Brie Larson at Women in Film’s Pre-Oscar Party: ‘Artists Are the Ones Politicians Fear’

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“With numbers, they can’t ignore us,” Meryl Streep told the guests of the Women in Film pre-Oscar cocktail party, doubling down on the message from her headline-making speech at the Golden Globes. Brie Larson, the host of the evening and last year’s best actress winner, hooted in support from the side of the stage before taking… Read more »