By Javier Romualdo
Santa Monica, US, Mar 6 (EFE).- “The Lost Daughter,” a film about the dark side of motherhood starring Olivia Colman, swept the 37th edition of the Film Independent Spirit Awards on Sunday.
The film, which Netflix acquired after its premiere at the 78th Venice International Film Festival in September last year, won the prizes for best film, screenplay and director for Maggie Gyllenhaal.
Curiously, Colman – who has received an Oscar nomination for her role in the film – was not among the nominees for best actress, which went to Taylour Paige, star of “Zola”, which is inspired by a viral Twitter thread.
Simon Rex picked up the best actor trophy for “Red Rocket”.
The Spirit Awards only honor films made on a budget under $22.5 million, which is quite low by Hollywood studio standards but sizable for film industries in other countries.
The awards can sometimes serve as a preview of what will happen at the Oscars.
For example, both “Nomadland” and “Moonlight” picked up the best film trophy at the Spirit Awards days before triumphing at the Oscars.
However, this year, none of the films that were nominated at the Spirit Awards including “A Chiara”, “C’mon C’mon”, “The Lost Daughter”, “The Novice” and “Zola” are Oscar nominees.
The winners opened the door for some predictions, nonetheless.
Actor Troy Kotsur won best supporting actor for his performance in “CODA”, a film with a predominantly deaf and dumb cast and which picked up top honors at the Screen Actors Guild Awards last week.
The Oscar buzz around the film has been growing for days and Kotsur has become the favorite to win in the best supporting actor category.
Japan’s “Drive My Car,” based on a story by writer Haruki Murakami, won best foreign film and is also a contender in the same category at the Oscars.
Another Oscar contender, “Summer of Love,” picked up best documentary at the Spirit Awards.
The musical is about an African-American festival held in New York during the summer of 1969 a few kilometers from the historic Woodstock and includes performances by Stevie Wonder and Nina Simone. EFE