Tough day for Coens, 'Dallas Buyers Club,' 'Way Way Back' and 'Mud'
Snub: “Spring Breakers” has little cause to party
Well, first up, the good news: congratulations to Benoit Debie, deservedly nominated for his hypnotic neon-nights cinematography of Harmony Korine’s “Spring Breakers.” Now, the bad news: that’s all the Spirit voters had in store for a divisive but year-defining film whose reputation is already outgrowing cult-item status. Perhaps the person who can feel most sorry for himself is James Franco, whose creepily compelling, immensely quotable performance as Florida faux-gangsta Alien has been creatively campaigned by distributors A24. If anyone was going to bite, it’d have been the Spirit voters, who often let their quirky side show in the supporting categories. (Jemaine Clement for “Gentlemen Broncos,” anyone?) He lost out to more conventional competition, as did the film in all major categories.
- Guy Lodge