Three years in the past, as she accepted a best-actress trophy for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” on the Independent Spirit Awards, Frances McDormand talked about all of the folks she hoped to work with subsequent. Then she peered at somebody within the viewers. “Chloé?” she mentioned.
Few knew it then, however she was singling out the director Chloé Zhao, who had been celebrated earlier on the ceremony for her second movie, “The Rider.” At that point, McDormand had simply met with Zhao about directing a small impartial function McDormand deliberate to supply and star in. And on Thursday night time, the movie they made collectively, “Nomadland,” received high honors at this 12 months’s Independent Spirit Awards.
That continues the light street drama’s juggernaut journey via awards season, the place it has taken almost each main award obtainable, together with high honors from the Producers Guild, Directors Guild, and the Golden Globes. It enters the Oscars on Sunday because the determined favourite.
Zhao additionally received the Independent Spirit Award for finest director, turning into the fourth lady ever to take action. If she wins on the Oscars, as she’s anticipated to, she’s going to develop into solely the second lady to take that trophy since “The Hurt Locker” director Kathryn Bigelow in 2010.
Some different Oscar favorites additionally triumphed on the Independent Spirit Awards. Supporting-actress front-runner Yuh-Jung Youn received for “Minari,” whereas “Promising Young Woman” filmmaker Emerald Fennell picked up one other award for her screenplay.
But some perpetually on-the-verge contenders lastly acquired a high-profile victory right here, together with Carey Mulligan, who received the best-actress award for “Promising Young Woman” and devoted it to the British actress Helen McCrory, who died this month. That Oscar class stays vast open: McDormand received the BAFTA award, Viola Davis (“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”) received the SAG award, and Andra Day (“The United States vs. Billie Holiday”) received the Golden Globe.
“Sound of Metal” star Riz Ahmed triumphed within the best-actor class, the place he was up in opposition to actor Chadwick Boseman (“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”), who died final 12 months. Ahmed’s costar Paul Raci earned a win within the supporting-actor class. That’s a serious victory for Raci, a 72-year-old actor who had been working as a court interpreter for the deaf for many years earlier than he discovered his breakthrough function.
“I’ve been a day player for thirty years here in Hollywood,” Raci mentioned in his acceptance speech, “and I have one little piece of advice I can give to all of you people who are struggling here: Don’t quit your day job. I never did. I still have it, too!”
The ceremony was held nearly and hosted by comic Melissa Villaseñor. For a full record of winners, click on here.