“Who is the Yellow King?” It’s the question every True Detective fan is wondering, including Spirit Award presenters Andy Samberg and Bill Hader. While on stage this past Saturday, the duo pressed Spirit Award winner Matthew McConaughey for answers. (“Please let it be a smoke monster,” said Hader). Watch them geek out below.
Best Supporting Female
Fruitvale Station follows the true story of Oscar Grant (Michael B. Jordan), a 22- year-old Bay Area resident who wakes up on the morning of December 31, 2008 and feels something in the air. Not sure what it is, he takes it as a sign to get a head start on his resolutions: being a better son to his mother (Octavia Spencer), whose birthday falls on New Year’s Eve, being a better partner to his girlfriend Sophina (Melonie Diaz), who he hasn’t been completely honest with as of late, and being a better father to Tatiana (Ariana Neal), their beautiful four year-old daughter. Crossing paths with friends, family, and strangers, Oscar starts out well, but as the day goes on, he realizes that change is not going to come easily. His resolve takes a tragic turn, however, when BART officers shoot him in cold blood at the Fruitvale subway stop on New Year’s Day. Oscar’s life and tragic death would shake the Bay Area – and the entire nation – to its very core.
FILM Blue Jasmine
After everything in her life falls to pieces, including her marriage to wealthy businessman Hal (Alec Baldwin), elegant New York socialite Jasmine (Cate Blanchett) moves into her sister Ginger’s (Sally Hawkins) modest apartment in San Francisco to try to pull herself back together again.
FILM 12 Years a Slave
12 Years A Slave is based on an incredible true story of one man’s fight for survival and freedom. In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty (personified by a malevolent slave owner, portrayed by Michael Fassbender) as well as unexpected kindnesses, Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon’s chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist (Brad Pitt) forever alters his life.
FILM Go For Sisters
Bernice (LisaGay Hamilton) and Fontayne (Yolonda Ross) grew so close people said they could “go for sisters”, but time sent them down different paths. Twenty years later, those paths cross: Fontayne is a recovering addict fresh out of jail, and Bernice is her new parole officer.
When Bernice’s son Rodney goes missing on the Mexican border, his shady associates all in hiding or brutally murdered, Bernice realizes she needs someone with the connections to navigate Rodney’s world without involving the police… and turns to her old friend. The pair enlist the services of disgraced ex-LAPD detective Freddy Suárez (Edward James Olmos) and plunge into the dim underbelly of Tijuana, forced to unravel a complex web of human traffickers, smugglers, and corrupt cops before Rodney meets the same fate as his partners. Go for Sisters is as much a story of relationships as a story of crime.
June Squibb has appeared in About Schmidt as Jack Nicholson’s wife, Helen, and Welcome to Mooseport with Ray Romano and Gene Hackman. Other films include In and Out, Scent of a Woman and Far From Heaven. Independent films include Atlas Shrugged, Part I, Just Add Water, The Man Who Shook The Hand and Would You Rather.
Her television appearances include recurring roles in Ghost Whisperer, The Young and the Restless, Judging Amy and The Bill Engvall Show. Guest star appearances include Cold Case, Castle, The Middle, Two and a Half Men, Curb Your Enthusiasm and House.
On Broadway, June was Electra, the electrifying stripper, in Gypsy with Ethel Merman. Other Broadway shows include Happy Time, Gorey Stories and Sacrilege. She is a regional theatre stalwart having worked through the years in such venues as Baltimore Center Stage, Philadelphia’s Wilma Theatre, Buffalo Studio Arena and Dallas Theatre Center where she most recently played the role of Stella, matriarch of the family, in Horton Foote’s Dividing The Estate.
W.C. Fields once said, “Never work with children or animals.” Patton Oswalt can attest to the latter half. In the spirit of the freewheeling, high-flying Film Independent Spirit Awards, the comedian and host planned on handing out live birds instead of the usual winged statuettes at the ceremony. Unfortunately, the birds refused to cooperate, as…
This year’s Film Independent Spirit Awards may be going to the birds, if host Patton Oswalt has anything to say about it. Oswalt is hosting the 2014 Spirit Awards and he plans to do it in style. The actor and comedian announced today that he plans to replace the ceremony’s symbolic avian trophies with a…
Patton Oswalt, the actor, comedian and noted Twitter maestro can now add awards show host to his resumé. To celebrate their 29th year, the Film Independent Spirit Awards have invited Patton Oswalt to host the show. (Hope they don’t mind if he brings 97 guests!) The ceremony will take place in a tent on the…