Shohreh The Indie (Spirit Award Winner)!

Will Renee be this attractive at 51?  Will she?I promise, I promise, after the Oscars tomorrow I won't mention the name Shohreh Aghdashloo until she's in a new movie, at least. But today, it's her day, so congrats to my favorite Iranian actress (okay, so I don't know any others) for snagging an Independent Spirit Award. If you look throughout the history of the Indie Spirit, without fail, the nominees and winners are more deserving than their snoozeville Academy Award counterparts. See for yourself if you think I'm exaggerating. They're also much more fun to watch, I'll have you know.

Where else can you see uber-righteous Jack Valenti mocking himself, Jim Sheridan leading a happy birthday singalong for In America's mortified Sarah Bolger, and Juliette Lewis belting out "I Did A Bad Job Of Raising You" to the tune of "Bad Case Of Loving You" for the movie Raising Victor Vargas, I ask you? It's ironic, I used to dig Juliette Lewis back in the Cape Fear/Kalifornia days, then I got sick of her during the Other Sister/Evening Star days, but now she's back in my good graces by appearing on these sorts of award shows and doing pretty funny commentary on I Love The 80's. She still hasn't won me over on the big screen or anything, I'm not crazy.

If you didn't watch the awards, check out the list below to see who won. And hey, I highly recommend you go out and see them all as soon as humanly possible, they're all quite worthy of viewing. Trust me, I never say that kind of thing about the Oscars. Also, I kid you not when I say this especially, I don't know a single person who's seen In America who doesn't love it. So check 'em out, and then we'll swing by IHOP, nosh on some pancakes, and discuss.

Oh, and before I go, I feel it's my duty to tell you one more thing. According to the article in USA Today, Holly Hunter did a super-nice thing last Monday for her compadres. She held a little luncheon for all of her fellow Oscar Supporting Actress nominees. Only one person was a no-show. If I tell you who, Jen might give me multiple noogies since she says I've been too harsh on this person lately. And I don't want Jen to abandon me on some Cold Mountain, you know?

Indie Spirit Award Winners
Best Feature: Lost in Translation
Best Director: Sofia Coppola (LIT)
Best Screenplay: Sofia Coppola
Best First Feature: Monster
Best First Screenplay: Thomas McCarthy (The Station Agent)
John Cassavetes Award: The Station Agent
Best Debut Performance: Nikki Reed (Thirteen)
Best Supporting Female: Shohreh Aghdashloo (House of Sand and Fog)
Best Supporting Male : Djimon Hounsou: (In America)
Best Female Lead: Charlize Theron (Monster)
Best Male Lead: Bill Murray (LIT)
Best Cinematography: Declan Quinn (In America)
Best Foreign Film: Whale Rider
Best Documentary: The Fog of War
Special Distinction Award: 21 Grams

posted by drew on 2/29/2004

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