Nov 252015
 

Beasts of No Nation

Overnight the nominees for this year’s Independent Spirit Awards were announced. The rather fascinating selections were led by Todd Haynes’ Carol, with six nominations, Beasts of No Nation, Netflix’s first move into original feature film making, scored five, while vivid journalism drama Spotlight, iPhone5 feat Tangerine and latest Charlie Kaufman brain-buster Anomalisa landed four. These five films were also honoured with Best Feature nominations, with Spotlight also scoring the coveted Altman Award for Best Ensemble Cast.

While only a few of these films will likely be recognised at next year’s Oscars, we do expect Carol and Spotlight to be right amongst them. Anomalisa is looking like a lock for a Best Animated Film nomination, but will it break out into other categories as it has here? The directors of the five aforementioned films were joined by David Robert Mitchell for breakout horror hit It Follows, which was also recognised for cinematography and editing.

Donald Margulies’ screenplay and Jason Segel’s performance as David Foster Wallace in The End of the Tour were recognised, as were Brie Larson’s widely acclaimed performance in and Emma Donoghue’s first screenplay for Room. Diary of a Teenage Girl, James White and Mediterranea all received multiple nominations, including Best First Feature.  

In the acting categories both Rooney Mara and Cate Blanchett were acknowledged for Carol, as were transgender actresses Kitana Kiki Rodriguez and Mya Taylor for Tangerine, which is fantastic to see. Beasts of No Nation also received two nominations in acting categories, for Abraham Attah (lead) and Idris Elba (supporting). Paul Dano (Love & Mercy) and Michael Shannon (99 Homes) strengthened their chances for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination with one here. They are joined by Kevin Corrigan, also honoured at the Gotham Awards for his brilliant work on Results. 

The 2016 Spirit Awards nominees can be found after the jump. What are your thoughts? Continue reading »

Nov 272014
 

boyhood

The 30th Independent Spirit Award nominations have been announced early this morning Australian time, with Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s Birdman (Or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) leading the way with six nominations. Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, Dan Gilroy’s Nightcrawler and Ava Duvernay’s Selma each scored five.

Movies budgeted over $20 million, such as The Grand Budapest Hotel, Inherent Vice, or funded and produced overseas are ineligible.

 You can find all of the nominees and my thoughts, after the jump. Continue reading »

Nov 282012
 

spiritawards

The nominees for the Independent Spirit Awards have been announced via Twitter, and contain a mix of festival favorites, lesser known films and a few box office successes.

Beasts of the Southern Wild, Moonrise Kingdom, and the yet to be released in Australia Silver Linings Playbook all scooped multiple nominations. A surprise omission is Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master, although perhaps it was not eligible?

I am beyond pleased that Mary Elizabeth Winstead received a Best Female Lead nomination for her phenomenal performance in the fantastic Smashed. It was also great to see a favourite of mine, The Perks of Being a Wallflower receive a Best First Feature nomination. Also receiving some much deserved praise is Matthew McConaughey, with two nominations – one for Best Male Lead in Killer Joe and one for Best Supporting Lead in Magic Mike.

The Awards will be announced on Saturday February 23 2012. You can find out more by visiting the official website here.

Full list of nominees after the jump.

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