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?