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Los Angeles (AFP) – Maggie Gyllenhaal’s ‘The Lost Daughter’, a drama about the challenges and taboos surrounding motherhood, was named Best Independent Film of the Year at the Spirit Awards on Sunday.
Gyllenhaal – so far mainly known as an actress in films such as ‘The Dark Knight’ and ‘Secretary’ – also won Best Screenplay and Best Director awards, for her debuts in both areas.
The Film Independent Spirit Awards reward low- and mid-budget films, and the glitzy gala held on the beach in Santa Monica, near Los Angeles, could give a much-needed boost to smaller films like Gyllenhaal’s ahead of the Oscars of this month.
“The Lost Daughter,” based on the novel by Elena Ferrante, is up for three Oscars, including Best Actress for Olivia Colman, who plays a mother estranged from her children and guilt-ridden for her failure to raise them.
“My film is in an unusual language – it’s the language of women’s minds,” Gyllenhaal said, before dedicating her latest best feature award to “women in film.”
While only movies made for less than $22.5 million can compete for the Spirit Awards, some of Hollywood’s biggest stars showed up to the event, and streaming giant Netflix emerged as the big winner. the day with six awards.
Beyond accolades for “The Lost Daughter,” Netflix picked up two awards for 1920s racing drama “Passing,” including Best Supporting Actress for Ruth Negga, and one for the hit South American series. Korean “Squid Game”.
Stars Kristen Stewart and Javier Bardem were among several who used the event to speak out against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Taylour Paige won Best Actress for her portrayal of a stripper involved in a prostitution scam in ‘Zola,’ a black comedy based on a viral Twitter feed.
Simon Rex – a former MTV host who began his career appearing in adult films – won Best Actor for ‘Red Rocket’, about a stranded porn star.
Rex said his career was “in the toilet” before director Sean Baker approached him to make the short film, which sees him running naked through the streets of a small town in Texas while wearing a prosthetic penis. .
“Thank you so much for recognizing my fake penis,” Rex joked.
“This movie was made for $1 million with a crew of 10 without a license,” he added.
“We were hiding from the police. We were hiding from the neighbours. I was running down the street with my buttocks bare.
“If that doesn’t embody the spirit…of independent cinema, I don’t know what it does.”
“Free This Movie”
The Spirit Awards usually take place the day before the Oscars, but this year took place three weeks before, which means voting for the season-closing Oscars has yet to take place.
Deaf actor Troy Kotsur cemented his status as an Oscar favorite by winning another Best Supporting Actor award for his role in “CODA.”
The film follows high school teenager Ruby as she juggles her musical ambitions and her Deaf family’s reliance on her to communicate with the “hearing” world.
“Summer of Soul (…Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised)” – musician Questlove’s first film about the huge “Black Woodstock” festival that took place in Harlem in 1969 – won the award for best documentary.
The film brings to light long-lost and never-before-seen footage from the star-studded concert, which was attended by 300,000 people and featured Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone and Mahalia Jackson.
Questlove – real name Ahmir Thompson – said it “took a village of people to free this film from its 50-year sentence of sitting in a basement”.
Each year, the Spirit Awards present the prestigious Robert Altman Award to the director, casting director and cast of a film.
“Mass,” a heartbreaking drama in which the parents of a victim of a school mass shooting sit down with the mother and father of the assailant in an effort to find the solution, received the honor announced in advance.
The Oscars take place in Hollywood on March 27.
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