by Monica Morrison
Despite naysayers and lackluster reviews of the Sundance Film Festival 2018 by various reports, the proof of Indies lie in the results found in Oscar nominations, 2018.
Take a look at some interesting connections. All of the films mentioned below first screened at the Sundance Film Festival in 2017 and one screened at the TIFF. Two films for best picture in this year’s Oscar nominations include: Call Me by Your Name and Get Out (both Sundance Film Festival Indie Films). Other Oscar nominations included are in the categories of:
Achievement in Directing (Get Out) Joran Peele
Best Documentary Feature (Abacus: Small Enough to Jail) Steve James, Mark Mitten, Julie Goldman
Best Documentary Feature (Icarus) Bryan Fogel and Dan Cogan
Best Documentary Feature (Last Men in Aleppo) Feras Fayyad, Kareen Abeed, Soren Steen Jespersen
Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (Call Me by Your Name) Timothee Chalamet
Perfomance by an Actor in a Leading Role (Call Me by Your Name) Daniel Kaluuya
Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role (Mudbound) Mary J. Blige
Achievement in Cinematography (Mudbound) Rachel Morrison
Adapted Screenplay (Call Me by Your Name) James Ivory
Adapted Screenplay (Mudbound) Virgil Williams and Dee Rees
Note: Dee Rees spoke to Indie Entertainment Magazine last year on the red carpet during Sundance 2017 for Mudbound- watch the interview here!
Original Screenplay (Get Out) Jordan Peele
Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures – Original Song (Mudbound) – Mighty River
Indie Films are alive and well and festivals still deliver some interesting entertainment for us to think about and enjoy. Congratulations, Oscar nominees!
Photo Credit: Billy Huynh