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2014 - Awards Season: Independent Spirit Awards - Nominations

December 6th, 2014

Birdman poster

The Independent Spirit Awards nominations were announced last week and I'm getting to them a little late, because I needed to organize the whole Awards Season stories. Firstly, I've decided to use the year the movies were released not the year the awards are handed out, unlike what we did last year. This means both will have 2014 as the year. Not ideal, but it is better to fix the mistake now than carry on making it. Secondly, the headlines are just going to be the name of the Awards and either nominations or winners. This will make it easier for readers to find later on. As for the Independent Spirit Awards nominations, Birdman led the way with 6 nods, while Boyhood, Nightcrawler, and Selma were right behind with 5 each.

The categories and nominees are...

BEST FEATURE

BEST DIRECTOR

BEST SCREENPLAY

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 DOCUMENTARY

BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

BEST EDITING

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.

Piaget Producers Award

Kiehl's Someone to Watch Award

Lenscrafter Truer Than Fiction Award is presented to an emerging director of non-fiction features who has not yet received significant attention.

Notes and Reactions...

  • There's not much to say, as there were not a lot of surprises. Birdman and Boyhood are two of the biggest limited release of the year and they were the two biggest films on this list.
  • Selma also picked up five nominations, which bodes well for its Oscar-qualifying run in December and its full release in January.
  • Nightcrawler earned five nominations, which is awesome for a film with a first-time director.
  • I was expecting more from Still Alice.

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Filed under: Awards Season, Under the Skin, The Immigrant, Only Lovers Left Alive, Blue Ruin, Boyhood, It Felt Like Love, Obvious Child, Ida, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), Jimi: All is By My Side, Stand Clear of the Closing Doors, Land Ho!, Love is Strange, Whiplash, The One I Love, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, Test, Norte, hangganan ng kasaysayan, Dear White People, Nightcrawler, Turist, The Guest, 20,000 Days on Earth, CitizenFour, Virunga, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke, Sandra Adair, Andre Benjamin, Jessica Chastain, Marion Cotillard, Carmen Ejogo, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jim Jarmusch, Michael Keaton, Rinko Kikuchi, Richard Linklater, John Lithgow, Alfred Molina, Julianne Moore, Edward Norton, J.K. Simmons, Emma Stone, Tilda Swinton, Riz Ahmed, Damien Chazelle, Ron Patane, Darius Khondji, Adam Wingard, J.C. Chandor, David Oyelowo, Ira Sachs, John Gilroy, Dan Gilroy, Jenny Slate, Bradford Young, Emmanuel Lubezki, Sean Porter, Mauricio Zacharias, Chad Burris, Ava Duvernay, Tom Cross, Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski, Dan Krauss, Chris Eska, Elisabeth Holm, Andrea Suarez Paz, Ana Lily Amirpour, Justin Simien, Justin Lader, Lyle Vincent, David Zellner, Anja Marquardt, Desiree Akhavan, Sara Colangelo, Chris Ohlson, Rania Attieh, Daniel Garcia, Darius Clark Monroe, Sara Dosa, Amanda Wilder