Ethan Hawke Wins Best Actor at the Spirit Awards, and the Oscar Should’ve Been Next

Ethan Hawke has won the Indie Spirit Award for Best Male Lead thanks to his performance in Paul Schrader’s “First Reformed.” The victory is the latest in a long line of award wins Hawke received this season, including Best Actor accolades from major critic groups such as the New York Film Critics Circle and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.

Despite numerous award wins, Hawke was snubbed by the Academy and did not receive an Oscar nomination for Best Actor.The Indie Spirit Award nominees for Best Male Lead this year included Hawke, Joaquin Phoenix (“You Were Never Really Here”), John Cho (“Searching”), Daveed Diggs (“Blindspotting”), and Christian Malheiros (“Socrates”).

None of the nominees managed to break into the Oscar race for Best Actor at the Academy Awards.

The Academy instead nominated Viggo Mortensen (“Green Book”), Christian Bale (“Vice”), Bradley Cooper (“A Star Is Born”), Willem Dafoe (“At Eternity

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