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...
- Darren Aronofsky for Black Swan
- Danny Boyle for 127 Hours
- Lisa Cholodenko for The Kids Are All Right
- Debra Granik for Winter's Bone
- John Cameron Mitchell for Rabit Hole
- Stuart Blumberg & Lisa Cholodenko for The Kids Are All Right
- Debra Granik & Anne Rosellini for Winter's Bone
- Nicole Holofcener for Please Give
- David Lindsay-Abaire for Rabit Hole
- Todd Solondz for Life During Wartime
- Diane Bell for Obselidia
- Lena Dunham for Tiny Furniture
- Nik Fackler for Lovely, Still
- Bob Glaudini for Jack Goes Boating
- Dana Adam Shapiro & Evan M. Wiener for Monogamy
(Given to the best feature made for under $500,000)
- Annette Bening for The Kids Are All Right
- Greta Gerwig for Greenberg
- Nicole Kidman for Rabbit Hole
- Jennifer Lawrence for Winterís Bone
- Natalie Portman for Black Swan
- Michelle Williams for Blue Valentine
- Ronald Bronstein for Daddy Longlegs
- Aaron Eckhart for Rabbit Hole
- James Franco for 127 Hours
- John C. Reilly for Cyrus
- Ben Stiller for Greenberg
- John Hawkes for Winterís Bone
- Samuel L. Jackson for Mother and Child
- Bill Murray for Get Low
- John Ortiz for Jack Goes Boating
- Mark Ruffalo for The Kids Are All Right
- Ashley Bell for The Last Exorcism
- Dale Dickey for Winterís Bone
- Allison Janney for Life During Wartime
- Daphne Rubin-Vega for Jack Goes Boating
- Naomi Watts for Mother and Child
- Kisses (Ireland)
- Mademoiselle Chambo (France)
- Of Gods and Men (Morocco)
- The Kingís Speech (United Kingdom)
- Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (Thailand)
Also announced were the nominees for the three Filmmaker Grant Awards.
Acura Someone to Watch Award
- Hossein Keshavarz for Dog Sweat
- Laurel Nakadate for The Wolf Knife
- Mike Ott for Littlerock
- 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