Very happy for Paul Giamatti.
Consider this as you will… every single category that had an Oscar nominee in it was won by the Oscar nominee. (5 for Sideways, Doc - Born Into Brothels, Foreign Language - The Sea Inside… even Motorcycle Diaries for cinematography)
Even with Giamatti's win... no Oscar noninated competition, unless you include Jamie Foxx for the TV movie that snuck into an ISA nom. None of the five docs were Oscar nominated. The only two Oscar-on-Oscar competitions were the screenplay of Sideways vs Before Sunset and foreign language candidate Yesterday vs. The Sea Inside.
What does this say about these awards?
And what can IFP LA do about this? After all, the big names drive the fame of the show. But are they doing anything good for independent movies here?