I knew there was something else big happening today, of course! The Independent Spirit Awards announced their nominees just a few minutes ago...so here we go!
Thoughts: Ok, so all the love for Crazy Heart, A Single Man, The Messenger, etc, but they miss out on a picture nod? Seems Strange to me. Furthermore, they loved That Evening Sun, but no Hal Holbrook? No Maggie Gyllenhaal? Furthermore, A Serious Man is considered a frontrunner for an Oscar nomination, but was excluded from the Picture list? I love the Spirit Awards, but sometimes they just make me scratch my head. At least there were some nice surprises like Amreeka, Adventureland, and Paranormal Activity!
BEST FEATURE (Award given to the Producer)
“(500) Days Of Summer,” Producers: Mason Novick, Jessica Tuchinsky, Mark Waters, Steven J. Wolfe
“Amreeka,” Producers: Paul Barkin, Christina Piovesan
“Precious,” Producers: Lee Daniels, Gary Magness, Sarah Siegel-Magness
“Sin Nombre,” Producer: Amy Kaufman
“The Last Station,” Producers: Bonnie Arnold, Chris Curling, Jens Meuer
Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, “A Serious Man”
Lee Daniels, “Precious”
Cary Joji Fukunaga, “Sin Nombre”
James Gray, “Two Lovers”
Michael Hoffman, “The Last Station”
BEST FIRST FEATURE (Award given to the director and producer)
A Single Man
Easier With Practice
JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD (Given to the best feature made for under $500,000; award given to the writer, director, and producer)
The New Year
The Last Station
500 Days of Summer
The Vicious Kind
BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY
A Single Man
BEST FEMALE LEAD
Maria Bello, “Downloading Nancy”
Helen Mirren, “The Last Station”
Gwentyth Paltrow, “Two Lovers”
Gabourey Sidibe, “Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire”
Nisreen Faour, “Amreeka”
BEST MALE LEAD
Jeff Bridges "Crazy Heart"
Colin Firth "A Single Man"
Joseph Gordon Levitt "(500) Days of Summer"
Souleymane Sy Savane "Goodbye Solo"
Adam Scott "The Vicious Kind"
BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE
Samantha Morton "The Messenger"
Natahlie Press "Fifty Dead Men Walking"
Mia Wasikowska "That Evening Sun"
Dina Korzun "Cold Souls"
BEST SUPPORTING MALE
Jemaine Clements "Gentlemen Broncos"
Woody Harrelson "The Messenger"
Cristian McKay "Me and Orson Welles"
Ramon McKinnon "That Evening Sun"
Christopher Plummer "The Last Station"
A Serious Man
BEST DOCUMENTARY (Award given to the director)
More Than a Game
Which Way Home
BEST FOREIGN FILM (Award given to the director)
ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD(Given to one film’s director, casting director, and its ensemble cast)
A Serious Man
SOMEONE TO WATCH AWARD—to be announced—
TRUER THAN FICTION AWARD
Bill Ross and Turner Ross