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Whale of a Start to Award Season

November 30th, 2005

The Independent Spirit Awards announced the nominations today and The Squid and the Whale led the way with six nominations, including Best Feature, Best Director, Best Screenplay, and nods in three of the four acting categories.

Other films to grab multiple nominations include Brokeback Mountain, Capote, Good Night and Good Luck, and The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, all of which earned four nominations a piece.

Here are a complete list of nominations:

Best Feature:

Best First Feature Best Director Best Female Lead Best Male Lead Best Supporting Male Best Supporting Female Best Screenplay Best First Screenplay Best Cinematography Best Documentary Best Foreign Film
  • The Death of Mr. Lazarescu - Romania
  • Duck Season - Mexico
  • Head-On - Germany / Turkey
  • Paradise Now - Palestine / Netherlands / Germany / France
  • Tony Takitani - Japan
John Cassavettes Award - Best Feature made for under $500,000
  • Brick
  • Conventioneers
  • Jellysmoke
  • The Puffy Chair
  • Room
Reactions:
  • The fact that The Squid and the Whale lead the way with six nominations is a bit of a surprise. That is not to say it is a bad movie, but I didn't think it was that good.
  • I'm more shocked that Heath Ledger earned an acting nomination over Brokeback Mountain co-star Jake Gyllenhaal.
  • Crash picked up two nominations, which might be enough to remind Oscar voters that the movie was released this year giving it a chance at scoring an Oscar nod or two, but I wouldn't bet on it.
  • Out of all of the nominations, I think Philip Seymour Hoffman's acting nod for Capote is the least surprising.
  • Good Night and Good Luck was able to secure several nominations, but it didn't have to compete with George Clooney's other film, Syriana because the latter film's budget puts it out of contention for the Independent Spirit Awards consideration. Vote splitting could still be a problem for both films come Oscar time.

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Source: Independent Feature Project

Filed under: Brokeback Mountain, Crash, Good Night, and Good Luck, Capote, Hustle & Flow, Broken Flowers, The Squid and the Whale, Los tres entierros de Melquiades Estrada, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, Me and You and Everyone We Know, Grizzly Man, Junebug, Brick, Paradise Now, Thumbsucker, Happy Endings, Mysterious Skin, Nine Lives, Last Days, The Beautiful Country, Gegen die Wand, Tony Takitani, Forty Shades of Blue, The War Within, Keane