‘Nomadland’ wins four Independent Spirit Awards en route to the Oscars – Deadline

Thursday evening, NomadlandThe Oscars push was bolstered by four wins at the virtually-held 2021 Film Independent Spirit Awards, in the Best Picture, Director, Editing and Cinematography categories.

The old award went to producers Mollye Asher, Dan Janvey, Frances McDormand, Peter Spears and Chloe Zhao, Zhao also claiming awards for director and editing, and Joshua James Richards winning the statuette for cinematography.

“In our film, Bob Wells says to [McDormand’s] Fern that you’ve come to the right place to connect with your tribe, your community, ”said Asher, in her Best Picture acceptance speech,“ and Independent Film, you are our community. “

“We could not have done it without the hearts and hands of our fellow collaborators, our fellow filmmakers, who were the Nomadland “Janvey added,” so all of you, we accept this on your behalf. “

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While Independent Spirits weren’t a perfect indicator for the Oscars, her picks for best feature were in line with those of the Academy every year between 2013-2016. Winning films during this period included 12 years of slavery (Fox Searchlight), Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s Birdman (Projector), Tom McCarthy’s Projector (Open Road Films) and Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight (A24). Other films that won Best Picture at the Indie Spirits and Oscars included Oliver Stone’s Section (1986) and Michel Hazanavicius’ The artist (2011).

Now, Nomadland looks like the main contender in the categories of Best Picture and Director of the Oscars, and the film may also consider the fields of craftsmanship. Throughout this year’s unusual awards season, the independent drama won Golden Globes for Best Picture and Director, four BAFTA Awards (photo, director, lead actress, cinematography), the British Independent Film Award for Best International Film independent, four Critics’ Choice Awards (photo, director, adapted screenplay, cinematography), Camerimage’s Golden Frog, one DGA award for outstanding achievement in cinema, two Gotham awards (best feature film, audience award), the National Board of Review Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography, Toronto Film Festival Audience Award, USC Scripter Award and Venice Film Festival Golden Lion, among other accolades.

Whether or not Nomadland winning the Oscars, Zhao has already made history as one of only seven women to ever be nominated for Best Director. She is also the first Chinese woman and the first woman of color to be nominated in the category.

“I’m really lucky to be able to do what I love in life,” Zhao said tonight in his virtual behind-the-scenes appearance, “and if these appointments mean it can help more people like me to live their dreams, I think they ‘it’s wonderful.

Zhao also noted that she was delighted to be reunited with her collaborators in person at the upcoming Academy Awards, teasing the presence of “special guests” involved in the production. (Most likely, it would be one or two of the non-professional actors appearing in the photo.)

Based on the non-fiction book of the same name by Jessica Bruder, Nomadland focuses on Fern (McDormand), a woman in her sixties who travels across the American West as a modern day nomad in a van after losing everything during the Great Recession. Released in select theaters in the United States on January 29, the film debuted on Hulu on February 19.

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