Danish documentary ‘The Look of Silence’ wins at Independent Spirit Awards

Film unlikely to repeat win in tonight’s Oscars though

Is Joshua Oppenheimer finally going to get an Oscar tonight? No, not a chance! (photo: Youtube) Is Joshua Oppenheimer finally going to get an Oscar tonight? No, not a chance! (photo: Youtube)
February 28th, 2016 2:57 pm| by Lucie Rychla
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Joshua Oppenheimer’s Oscar-nominated documentary ‘The Look of Silence’ won a 2016 Independent Spirit Award last night.

The Danish film was named best documentary at a ceremony in Santa Monica, California where it saw off the four other nominees: ‘Best of Enemies’, ‘Heart of a Dog’, ‘Meru’ and ‘The Russian Woodpecker’.

Since 1984, the Independent Spirit Awards have been dedicated to independent films produced for less than 20 million dollars.


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And the Oscar goes to…
Tonight, ‘The Look of Silence’ has an extremely small chance of winning the Oscar in the category for Best Documentary Feature at the Academy Awards ceremony that kicks off at 8:30 pm in Los Angeles (2:30 am in Denmark).

The film faces tough opposition from the British documentary ‘Amy’, which is a strong odds-on favourite to triumph. ‘The Look of Silence’ is 16/1 with Bet 365 to win.

Denmark’s other interest in this year’s Oscars is the war drama ‘Krigen’ (‘A War’)  in the Best Foreign Language Film category. It is a 40/1 shot.

Written and directed by Tobias Lindholm, the movie tells the story of a Danish military company in Afghanistan.

And it will have to pull off a miracle to upset the odds-on favourite, Hungary’s ‘Son of Saul’, which yesterday won the best international film prize at the Independent Spirit Awards.