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November 25, 2014 at 2:12 PM

Film Independent Spirit Award nominees announced

That scurrying noise you hear? It’s a host of actors, producers, screenwriters and publicists racing to get into position for the awards season . . . which officially begins today, with the announcement of the Film Independent Spirit Awards. Formerly known as the Spirit Awards and/or the Independent Spirit Awards, these honors are celebrating their 30th anniversary this year, and are awarded to films that are made for less than $20 million. (And yes, the filmmakers have to prove it.) Read the entire list of nominees here, but here are a few key categories (along with notes on when we might see the film in Seattle, if we haven’t yet):

Best feature:

  • “Birdman”
  • “Boyhood”
  • “Love is Strange”
  • “Selma” (coming to Seattle in January)
  • “Whiplash”

Best director:

  • Alejandro G. Inarritu, “Birdman”
  • Richard LInklater, “Boyhood”
  • Ava DuVernay, “Selma”
  • David Zellner, “Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter” (Seattle date tbd)
  • Damien Chazelle, “Whiplash”

Best screenplay:

  • J.C. Chandor, “A Most Violent Year” (coming to Seattle in January)
  • Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, “Big Eyes” (coming Dec. 25)
  • Ira Sachs and Mauricio Zacharias, “Love Is Strange”
  • Dan Gilroy, “Nightcrawler”
  • Jim Jarmusch, “Only Lovers Left Alive”

Best female lead:

  • Rinko Kikuchi, “Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter”
  • Jenny Slate, “Obvious Child”
  • Tilda Swinton, “Only Lovers Left Alive”
  • Julianne Moore, “Still Alice” (coming Jan. 30)
  • Marion Cotillard, “Two Days, One Night” (coming Jan. 30)

Best male lead:

  • Michael Keaton, “Birdman”
  • Andre Benjamin, “Jimi: All Is By My Side”
  • John Lithgow, “Love Is Strange”
  • Jake Gyllenhaal, “Nightcrawler”
  • David Oyelowo, “Selma”

“Birdman” had the most nominations, with six total. The Film Independent Spirit Awards will be handed out, as they always are, in a big tent on a Santa Monica beach, the night before the Oscars (which is to say, February 21).

 

 

 

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