The Alternative to the Oscars? That’s What the Indie Spirits Know They Are — Analysis

They may be idiosyncratic, but the Film Independent Spirit Awards nomination juries have moved away from duplicating the Oscars, so that this year the awards given out in a chilly white tent in Santa Monica delivered big wins to truly indie films from emerging filmmakers and indie stalwarts as well as a smattering of Oscar contenders who may win again on Sunday.

Host Aubrey Plaza started off with a jab at the Oscars: “Their first choice to host was no one, but they’re booked for tomorrow.”But the warmth in the room was real, as people cheered their favorites.

Like all awards voting, at the Spirits the films that have been seen by the most of the organization’s 7000 voters have the best shot at winning.

Best Leading Female Glenn Close (“The Wife”) and Supporting Female Regina King (“If Beale Street Could Talk”) are the likeliest to repeat at

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