Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Awards Season: Winter Showed Its Independence
The official arrival of winter is still a few weeks away, but Winter's Bone ushered in the start of Awards Season picking up seven Independent Spirit Award nominations. This was the most of any film, with The Kids Are All Right placing second with five.
The categories and nominations are...
BEST FIRST FEATURE
BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY
JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD
(Given to the best feature made for under $500,000)
BEST FEMALE LEAD
BEST MALE LEAD
BEST SUPPORTING MALE
BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE
BEST FOREIGN FILM
ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD (Given to one film's director, casting director and ensemble cast)
Also announced were the nominees for the three Filmmaker Grant Awards.
Acura Someone to Watch Award
Lacoste Truer Than Fiction Award is presented to an emerging director of non-fiction features who has not yet received significant attention.
- Hossein Keshavarz for Dog Sweat
- Laurel Nakadate for The Wolf Knife
- Mike Ott for Littlerock
Piaget Producers Award honors emerging producers who, despite highly limited resources, demonstrate the creativity, tenacity, and vision required to produce quality, independent films.
Notes and Reactions...
- In-Ah Lee for Au Revoir Taipei
- Adele Romanski for The Myth of the American Sleepover
- Anish Savjani for Meekís Cutoff
- As previously stated, Winter's Bone led the way with seven nominations and The Kids Are All Right earned five. Neither of these performances are shocking, as both were expected to do well.
- Likewise, Black Swan earning four nominations is not a shock either. However, Rabbit Hole has flown a little under the radar for its four nominations, while Greenberg was considered a critical disappointment, plus it opened really early in the year, so I wasn't expecting it to be remembered during Awards Season.
- On the other end of the spectrum, I was expecting 127 Hours to earn more nominations, especially for cinematography, and maybe screenplay. However, three nominations is still a good performance and puts in in the same class as Tiny Furniture and Jack Goes Boating.
- The Last Exorcism picked up two nominations? This is not the type of film that is usually given this kind of recognition, while its overall reviews were not up to the level normally associated with an Awards Season player.
Date posted: 2010-12-01