Like my BAFTA predictions, I’m doing my predictions for the Independent Spirit Awards 2015 with limited materials. The GoldDerby page is yet to come up so there are no odds so far but I’ll give it my best stab based on the films in contention, mainly thanks to awardscircuit.com.(http://www.awardscircuit.com/2014/11/24/oscar-circuit-independent-spirit-awards-preview/) Note: There are no British films in contention (except in the international categories) ,only American films, so there will be no The Imitation Game or The Theory of Everything and no films that aren’t indies so no Unbroken or Interstellar.
Best Feature: A Most Violent Year, Birdman, Boyhood, Foxcatcher, Whiplash.
Best Director: Alejandro G. Inarritu (Birdman), Bennett Miller (Foxcatcher), Damien Chazelle (Whiplash), J.C. Chandor (A Most Violent Year), Richard Linklater (Boyhood).
Best Male Lead: Bill Hader (The Skeleton Twins), Bill Murray (St.Vincent), Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler), Michael Keaton (Birdman), Steve Carell (Foxcatcher).
Best Female Lead: Jenny Slate (Obvious Child), Jessica Chastain (The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby), Julianne Moore (Still Alice), Kristen Wiig (The Skeleton Twins), Reese Witherspoon (Wild).
Best Supporting Male: Alec Baldwin (Still Alice), Edward Norton (Birdman), Ethan Hawke (Birdman), J.K. Simmons (Whiplash), Mark Ruffalo (Foxcatcher).
Best Supporting Female: Emma Stone (Birdman), Jessica Chastain (A Most Violent Year), Laura Dern (Wild), Patricia Arquette (Boyhood), Vanessa Redgrave (Foxcatcher).
Best First Feature: Dear White People, Nightcrawler, Obvious Child, Rosewater, St. Vincent.
Best International Film: Ida, Leviathan, The Imitation Game, The Theory of Everything, Two Days One Night.