Spirit Award Nominations

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Re: Spirit Award Nominations

Postby The Original BJ » Tue Nov 26, 2013 2:48 pm

ksrymy wrote:And for anyone who has seen it, is Gandolfini award-worthy for the Holofcener feature or is it a belated "we miss you" type of nod?


I'd actually argue both. I thought Gandolfini was pretty wonderful in Enough Said -- funny in ways we hadn't really seen from him before, unappealing enough that it's clear why he drove Keener crazy, but warm and tender in a manner that you get why Louis-Dreyfus falls unexpectedly for him anyway.

And yet, it's not really the kind of role that typically gets awards traction (in the kind of movie that generally doesn't get recognition beyond the Indie Spirits). So, any awards are perhaps a happy accident -- his untimely passing making him an appealing nominee, but for a performance (and career) well worth honoring.

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Re: Spirit Award Nominations

Postby ksrymy » Tue Nov 26, 2013 2:25 pm

I have to agree with BJ - Octavia Spencer is the standout in Fruitvale.

Also, I wonder how the six-actor race for Male Lead will affect things if at all.

Will Forte's category fraud may be the most egregious I've seen in years, but I am glad to see June Squibb gain steam. I'm hoping it will carry over into major awards traction.

And for anyone who has seen it, is Gandolfini award-worthy for the Holofcener feature or is it a belated "we miss you" type of nod?
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Re: Spirit Award Nominations

Postby The Original BJ » Tue Nov 26, 2013 2:00 pm

This is my first year as a member of Film Independent, so I'll be voting on these awards. (So...if anyone wants to try to persuade me towards their favorites...I'm all ears...)

The Spirits have a strange way of recognizing movies in some areas but not others. It's bizarre to see Frances Ha on the Feature list without a nod for Greta Gerwig, Inside Llewyn Davis did well but missed for the Coens under screenplay and directing, and even down-ballot, the Editing category really passed on the Best Feature nominees (about the opposite of what happens with Oscar's category.)

The appeal of All is Lost continues to baffle me. I literally cannot fathom the idea that anyone could think that was a better movie than Before Midnight.

Interesting that Melonie Diaz got the Fruitvale Supporting Actress nomination instead of Octavia Spencer. Diaz was definitely strong, but Spencer has the big money scenes, and I thought she totally nailed them.

Will Forte is in nearly every scene of Nebraska. What kind of role is that NOT? Say it with me together, class...

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Re: Spirit Award Nominations

Postby Mister Tee » Tue Nov 26, 2013 1:40 pm

As usual, weirdnesses. How is Frances Ha one of your best picture nominees without Greta Gerwig on the actress list? (She IS the movie) Also strange Llewyn Davis gets film but fails at screenplay.

But a good day for 12 Years and Nebraska; both pretty much maxed out. In fact, this might be the first time the Spirits helped perpetrate category fraud: Will Forte is very good, but supporting? My butt.

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Spirit Award Nominations

Postby Mister Tee » Tue Nov 26, 2013 1:37 pm

2014 FILM INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARD NOMINATIONS

BEST FEATURE
12 Years a Slave
All Is Lost
Frances Ha
Inside Llewyn Davis
Nebraska

BEST DIRECTOR
Shane Carruth, Upstream Color
J.C. Chandor, All Is Lost
Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave
Jeff Nichols, Mud
Alexander Payne, Nebraska

BEST SCREENPLAY
Woody Allen, Blue Jasmine
Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke & Richard Linklater, Before Midnight
Nicole Holofcener, Enough Said
Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber, The Spectacular Now
John Ridley, 12 Years a Slave

BEST FIRST FEATURE (Award given to the director and producer)
Blue Caprice
Concussion
Fruitvale Station
Una Noche
Wadjda

BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY
Lake Bell, In A World
Joseph Gordon-Levitt,Don Jon
Bob Nelson,Nebraska
Jill Soloway,Afternoon Delight
Michael Starrbury,The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete

JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD - Given to the best feature made for under $500,000. Award given to the writer, director, and producer. Executive Producers are not awarded.
Computer Chess
Crystal Fairy
Museum Hours
Pit Stop
This is Martin Bonner

BEST FEMALE LEAD
Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
Julie Delpy, Before Midnight
Gaby Hoffmann, Crystal Fairy
Brie Larson, Short Term 12
Shailene Woodley, The Spectacular Now

BEST MALE LEAD
Bruce Dern, Nebraska
Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave
Oscar Isaac, Inside Llewyn Davis
Michael B. Jordan, Fruitvale Station
Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club
Robert Redford, All Is Lost

BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE
Melonie Diaz, Fruitvale Station
Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine
Lupita Nyong'o, 12 Years a Slave
Yolonda Ross, Go For Sisters
June Squibb, Nebraska

BEST SUPPORTING MALE
Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave
Will Forte, Nebraska
James Gandolfini, Enough Said
Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
Keith Stanfield, Short Term 12

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Sean Bobbitt, 12 Years a Slave
Benoit Debie, Spring Breakers
Bruno Delbonnel, Inside Llewyn Davis
Frank G. DeMarco, All Is Lost
Matthias Grunsky, Computer Chess

BEST EDITING
Shane Carruth & David Lowery, Upstream Color
Jem Cohen & Marc Vives, Museum Hours
Jennifer Lame, Frances Ha
Cindy Lee, Una Noche
Nat Sanders, Short Term 12

BEST DOCUMENTARY (Award given to the director and producer)
20 Feet From Stardom
After Tiller
Gideon's Army
The Act of Killing
Michael Uwemedimo
The Square

BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM (Award given to the director)
A Touch of Sin, (China) DIRECTOR: Jia Zhang-Ke
Blue is the Warmest Color (France) DIRECTOR: Abdellatif Kechiche
Gloria (Chile) DIRECTOR: Sebastián Lelio
The Great Beauty (Italy) DIRECTOR: Paolo Sorrentino
The Hunt (Denmark) DIRECTOR: Thomas Vinterberg

ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD - (Given to one film’s director, casting director, and its ensemble cast)
Mud
Director: Jeff Nichols
Casting Director: Francine Maisler
Ensemble Cast: Joe Don Baker, Jacob Lofland, Matthew McConaughey, Ray McKinnon, Sarah Paulson, Michael Shannon, Sam Shepard, Tye Sheridan, Paul Sparks, Bonnie Sturdivant, Reese Witherspoon


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