Oscars frontrunner “12 Years a Slave” swept the 29th Annual Film Independent Spirit Awards this afternoon, hosted for the first time by Patton Oswalt. Steve McQueen’s period drama about a free man kidnapped and sold into slavery notched five Spirit Awards in total: Best Feature, Best Supporting Female (Lupita Nyong’o, who was also celebrating her birthday), Best Director (McQueen), Best Screenplay, and Best Cinematography.

Will the events of today foreshadow what we’ll see at the Oscars? It’s very possible that the four main acting categories tomorrow will echo today’s results, with McConaughey, Blanchett, Leto, and Nyong’o all favorites to win the big one.


And then of course there’s “Slave,” which with a victory tomorrow would be the rare film to win the top prize at both the Spirit Awards and the Oscars: “The Artist” pulled off that feat in 2012, but prior to that, the last film to win those awards back-to-back was “Platoon” in 1987.

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