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