Netflix’s ‘Beasts Of No Nation’ Wins Big At Independent Spirit Awards
While tonight’s Oscar winners will surely have their moment, the winners of last evening’s Independent Spirit Awards — specifically those representing Netflix streaming — have reason to celebrate. Idris Elba (Prometheus, Luther) and teenage newcomer, Abraham Attah, took home statuettes for Best Supporting Male and Best Male Lead, respectively, for Netflix’s war epic, Beasts of No Nation.
Elba and Attah are just two of many actors of color shut out of the Oscars race this year, making the results of the wholly diverse Independent Spirit Awards (Mya Taylor also won Best Supporting Actress award for Tangerine) a welcome breath of fresh air. Directed by Cary Fukunaga (who was also up for an award but lost to Spotlight‘s Tom McCarthy), Netflix’s Beasts of No Nation stars Attah as young Agu, an orphaned child solider taken under the wing of the ruthless Commander (Elba) and forced to fight for the sovereignty of his unnamed African country. Stunningly filmed and superbly performed, it’s surely a shame the Academy failed to recognize its poignancy. Thankfully for the Indie Spirit Awards, however, Beasts didn’t go home empty handed this season.