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Film Independent has announced the nominations for the 31st annual Spirit Awards, which celebrates the very best in American independent film. Leading the pack with six nominations is Todd Haynes’ Carol, which will contest the Best Picture award against Anomalisa, Beasts of No Nation, Spotlight and Tangerine. Check out a full list of the nominees here…
Kudos Seihon, “Mediterranea”
Bel Powley, “Diary of a Teenage Girl”
Best Supporting Actor
- Gary Collinson
No matter what the Oscar nominations end up looking like, every year people will inevitably complain that certain movies or performances got completely overlooked because they weren't "Hollywood" enough. That's where ceremonies like the Independent Spirit Awards come in. They're still fairly mainstream as far as their nominations go, but every year they do highlight movies that would likely never have a shot at Oscar gold. For example, the fantastic It Follows, a horror movie that's essentially about a haunted Std, nabbed a surprising three nominations, including a fairly big one for Best Director. The horror western Bone Tomahawk even scooped up two nominations, including one for Richard Jenkins' supporting performance (watch an exclusive clip of...
- Peter Hall
Todd Haynes is in the running for best director and both Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara are in contention for best female lead alongside Room’s Brie Larson as Carol earned six 2016 Film Independent Spirit Award nominations in Los Angeles on Tuesday.
Not even a glitch that saw the list of nominees temporarily appear on the Film Independent website prior to the official announcement could spoil what turned out by and large to be a recognition of independent film in its myriad forms.
Besides the more predictable contenders like Carol, Spotlight and Room, there was plenty of love for Tangerine, shot on an iPhone, and Beasts Of No Nation from Netflix, whose day-and-date release (and what that portends) infuriated large swathes of the exhibition sector but has clearly impressed critics.
Magnolia Pictures earned »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
The nominations for the 2016 Film Independent Spirit Awards were announced Tuesday, giving boosts to several films' Oscars chances.
"Carol" led the pack with six nominations, including nods in most of the major categories (Best Feature, Best Director, Best Screenplay), and two Best Lead Actress nominations for its headlining duo, Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara. It was followed by Netflix flick "Beasts of No Nation," which scored five nominations in the big categories (Best Feature, Best Director, Best Lead Male) as well as the technical ones (Best Cinematography, Best Editing).
As TheWrap notes, "Beasts" nominations have helped secure it some serious consideration come Oscars time. But another big surprise was the small number of nominations for "Room," considered by many to be a Best Picture contender at the Academy Awards. It was left off the Spirit Awards's Best Feature list, though it did score a Best Female Lead nomination for Best Actress Oscar frontrunner Brie Larson. »
- Katie Roberts
Film Independent, the nonprofit arts organization that produces the Film Independent Spirit Awards, the La Film Festival and Film Independent at Lacma, announced nominations for the 2016 Spirit Awards this morning. Film Independent President Josh Welsh presided over the press conference held at W Hollywood, with actors John Boyega and Elizabeth Olsen presenting the nominations.
“This year’s nominees are a testament to the strength, vitality and diversity of independent, artist-driven filmmaking,” said Film Independent President Josh Welsh. “It’s an astonishingly strong group of films and performances this year and we look forward to celebrating them all at the Spirit Awards.”
Spotlight was selected to receive the Robert Altman Award, which is bestowed upon one film’s director, casting director and ensemble cast. The Altman Award was created in 2008 in honor of legendary director Robert Altman »
- Michelle McCue
Carol is leading the pack of Spirit Award nominations this year, scoring nods for its two female leads, Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara. In case you're unfamiliar, the Spirit Awards are given for excellence in independent films, and the ceremony is always held the night before the Oscars. This year, it's taking place on Saturday, Feb. 27. Spotlight is actually already a winner, but the big story is that Netflix's Beasts of No Nation is nominated five times. That's great news for the film, which notoriously bombed at the box office this year. Take a look at the nominations below, and brace yourself: award season is here. Best Feature Anomalisa Beasts of No Nation Carol Spotlight Tangerine Best First Feature (award given to the director and producer) The Diary of a Teenage Girl James White Manos Sucias Mediterranea Songs My Brothers Taught Me John Cassavetes Award (given to the best feature made for under $500,000) Advantageous Christmas, »
- Shannon Vestal Robson
Todd Haynes' "Carol" is shaping up to be the movie to beat this awards season. Based on Patricia Highsmith's The Price of Salt, the romantic drama stars Cate Blanchett as an older, married woman who is developing some strong feelings towards a seasonal shopgirl played by Rooney Mara. And the actresses may have to prepare their acceptance speeches! "Carol" leads the pack of nominees for the 31st Independent Spirit Awards!
I'm also very happy that "Tangerine" by Sean Baker received 4 nods for Best Feature, Director, Female Lead (Kitana Kiki Rodriguez), and Supporting Female for Mya Taylor. shot mostly on iPhone, this small-budget wonder is truly what the Independent Spirit is all about!
Some of my few gripes are not a whole lot of love for the fantastic "Room" (just screenplay, female lead for Brie Larson, and editing -- what about the awesome child actor Jason Tremblay?), and that »
The nominations for the 2016 Independent Spirit Award nominations have been announced.
Actors John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Attack the Block, The Circle, Imperial Dreams) and Elizabeth Olsen (I Saw the Light, Old Boy, Silent House, Martha Marcy May Marlene) just made the announcement of the 2016 nominees at The W Hollywood in Los Angeles.
The 2016 Film Independent Spirit Awards will be broadcast exclusively on IFC on February 27, 2016, Live at 2:00 pm Pt / 5:00 pm Et.
They are as follows.
Best First Feature
- Paul Heath
In its 31st year, the Film Independent Spirt Awards showcase the best that modest (and, occasionally, lower budget) filmmaking has to offer annually. This year, it’s little surprise the the stellar Carol is leading the pack with six nominations, while Spotlight and Beasts of No Nation are close behind with five each. On the actual smaller scale of productions, the iPhone-shot drama Tangerine picked up a heft four nominations, a film that, alongside Anomalisa and the aforementioned titles, rounds out their Best Feature category.
Ahead of a ceremony on Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 5Pm Est, check out the full list of nominations below, which also recognize It Follows, Bone Tomahawk, The End of the Tour, Room, The Mend, James White, The Diary of a Teenage Girl, Heaven Knows What, and more.
Award given to the Producer; Executive Producers are not awarded.
- Jordan Raup
The noms for Film Independent’s 31st Spirit Awards were released on Tuesday morning.
All five best features also received director nominations, along with David Robert Mitchell for “It Follows.” Cary Fukunaga was nommed for “Beasts of No Nation,” along with Kaufman and Johnson for “Anomalisa,” Baker for “Tangerine,” Todd Haynes for “Carol” and Tom McCarthy for “Spotlight.”
Blanchett and Mara both took nominations for “Carol” in the best female category, along with Bel Powley for “The Diary of a Teenage Girl,” Brie Larson for “Room” and Kitana Kiki Rodriguez for “Tangerine.”
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- Dave McNary
The 2016 Independent Spirit Awards have announced their nominations for this year with some surprising and excellent choices all across the board.
While expected awards heavyweights like "Carol," "Room," and "Spotlight" are here, numerous genre and niche titles like "It Follows," "Tangerine," "Bone Tomahawk," "The Diary of a Teenage Girl," "James White," "The End of the Tour," and "Anomalisa" have scored multiple nominations along with Netflix's "Beasts of No Nation".
Both "Carol" and 'Beasts' scored six nominations each, followed by "Spotlight," "Tangerine" and "Anomalisa" with four and "It Foll ows" with three. The 2016 Independent Spirit Awards will air on February 27th.
Best Female Lead
- Garth Franklin
AMC will air pay tribute to rock icon John Lennon at 9 p.m. on Dec. 19 with “Imagine: John Lennon 75th Birthday Concert.” The special, which will be taped on Dec. 5 at Madison Square Garden, will feature performances by Aloe Blacc, Eric Church, Sheryl Crow, The Killers’ Brandon Flowers, Peter Frampton, Juanes, Kris Kristofferson, Train’s Pat Monahan, Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello, Willie Nelson, The Roots, Chris Stapleton, and Steven Tyler. Keith Wortman of Blackbird Presents is the creator and executive producer of the show while Greg Phillinganes and Don Was will serve as music directors and Gregg Gelfand will direct.
- Whitney Friedlander
[Editor's Note: We're bringing some of our columns from Deadly Magazine into Daily Dead as well and today we have a look at our review roundup from Monte he likes to call "Movie Mayhem." Each month, he'll give you the rundown on movies he watched over the last 30 days that you may be interested in checking out. In the first installment on Daily Dead, find out what he thought of Bone Tomahawk, Tales of Halloween, Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse, and more...]
Bone Tomahawk: It’s a horror film, but it’s mostly a western. Add Kurt Russell, some cannibals and basically point me in the direction of the movie theater because I’m sold. “Bone Tomahawk” is an impressive film, one of the best of the year so far; a mix of unusual humor, touches of thoroughly effective and satisfying horror, a beautifully rendered western era composition, and stunning performances from an impressive cast. Richard Jenkins, known to horror fans as one of the operators of horror in “The Cabin in the Woods”, is amazing. Mr. Jenkins constructs a character that is both too old to banter with the mindset of those younger than him but also too old to not share whatever wisdom he can conjure up through insufferable anecdotes. Matthew Fox, from televisions “Lost”, plays a prideful and somewhat despicable hired gun. Mr. Fox might be at his best here, »
- Monte Yazzie
Film and television star John Krasinski, who stars as a former Navy Seal in the upcoming, real-life motion picture thriller 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, has been named the Grand Marshal for the Aaa Texas 500 Nascar Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, Nov. 8, at Texas Motor Speedway.
Krasinski, an actor, writer and director, will give the command for the Sprint Cup Series drivers of the 43-car field to start their engines in front of a crowd that annually comprises one of the largest-attended, single-day sporting events in Texas.
“It’s a huge honor to be asked to serve as this year’s Grand Marshal,” said Krasinski. “I am really excited to be going to Nascar and seeing Jeff Gordon race for one of his last outings.”
Krasinski will be joined on the Grand Marshal stage by three of the heroes from the CIA annex security team that fought off Islamic militants on Sept. »
- Michelle McCue
Patrick Wilson has starred in such big-budget Hollywood movies as "The Alamo," "The Phantom of the Opera" and Zack Snyder's "Watchmen," but his latest film -- writer/director S. Craig Zahler's bleak horror-Western "Bone Tomahawk" -- wasn't exactly flush with money. Which, as far as Wilson is concerned, actually helped his performance as Arthur O'Dwyer, a young, crutches-saddled frontier man who goes on a mission to save his wife from a tribe of cannibalistic Native Americans: "I think this might have been a different movie...I felt this way actually about 'Hard Candy,' too, years ago -- you probably would have had a different performance, certainly in some takes, if the movie had been shot over three or four months," Wilson told me while promoting the film, which also stars Kurt Russell, Matthew Fox and Richard Jenkins. See below for more highlights from our conversation, including why »
- Chris Eggertsen
Bone Tomahawk Rlj Entertainment Director: S. Craig Zahler Writer: S. Craig Zahler Cast: Kurt Russell, Patrick Wilson, Matthew Fox, Richard Jenkins, Lili Simmons, David Arquette, Sid Haig, Evan Jonigkeit, Sean Young Runtime: 132 Minutes Rating: Not Rated (1 sex scene, graphic violence*, gore, nudity) In Theaters, VOD and iTunes: October 23, 2015 The sleepy town of Bright Hope is suddenly rocked when a group of cannibal savages slaughter some townsfolk and kidnap town back-up doctor Mrs. O’Dwyer (Lili Simmons, Banshee) and Deputy Nick (Evan Jonigkeit, X-Men: Days of Future Past). Sheriff Franklin Hunt (Kurt Russell, Tombstone) his elderly deputy Chicory (Richard Jenkins, The Cabin in the Woods), white-hat gunslinger John [ Read More ]
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I blame David Arquette. A film’s cast is only as strong as the script they’re bringing to life, but it’s difficult not to get excited when a strong ensemble comes together for an interesting project. The last time a cast announcement got me truly jazzed was the 2001 action/comedy 3000 Miles to Graceland — Kurt Russell and Kevin Costner in the same movie? Plus Kevin Pollak and Christian Slater? It turned out though that a fantastic cast is far from a guarantee of quality as the movie ended up being a tone-deaf disappointment. I promised myself I’d never again get preemptively excited for a film based on its casting. But then Bone Tomahawk came along. The cast shuffled a bit in the early days, but the final roster includes Russell, Richard Jenkins, Patrick Wilson, and Matthew Fox in a dark western about an attempt to rescue innocents from a tribe of cannibals in the Old »
- Rob Hunter
Walking into Bone Tomahawk, your expectations are obviously those of the typical western film, full of good guys and bad guys shooting at each other over some issue. What makes the film so great though, is how unlike that western cliche it actually is. Instead, you’re given one hell of a character driven film, with enough unflinching, realistic violence to make the most hardcore horror fan squeamish more than once. If there’s ever a genre hybrid of a film to get on board with it, it’s definitely this one.
Written and directed by S. Craig Zahler (who wrote the entertaining Asylum Blackout), Bone Tomahawk is a film that does a fine job of developing its characters so much and so well, that just at the thought of any of them meeting their end in the film, brings you gut-punches and a sense of foreboding dread. When the film opens, »
- Jerry Smith
The Western is making a bit of a comeback these days. This year has already given us Slow West and The Keeping Room, while the near future offers The Hateful Eight, Jane Got a Gun, and In a Valley of Violence. Before that next wave of movies hits, though, fans of the genre can sink their teeth into the grizzly meat of Bone Tomahawk. Sporting a stellar cast that includes Kurt Russell, Patrick Wilson, Matthew Fox, and Richard Jenkins, Bone Tomahawk is about a Sheriff (Russell) who leads a team of gunslingers to rescue settlers kidnapped by a tribe of cannibals. If the words "Kurt Russell," "Western," "team of gunslingers" and "cannibals," don't excite you, then we don't know what will and are, frankly, afraid to find...
- Peter Hall
Down to the Bone: Zahler’s Debut a Dapper Genre Hybrid
For his directorial debut, screenwriter S. Craig Zahler assembles an illustrious cast in Bone Tomahawk, an old-school Western eventually shading by successful moments of horror. Though this feels like somewhat of an ingenious, if perverted version of something like The Searchers (1956), and is not the only recent blending of western horror (J.T. Petty’s 2008 film The Burrowers terrorizes its settlers with subterranean creatures), Zahler’s painstaking characterizations elevate the material beyond the usual potential of swarthy genre films handled as B-grade fare.
Although sporting an uncustomary running time considering the limited narrative (eclipsing two hours), which sometimes seems unnecessary, Zahler’s film is never arduous and sports a completely fine-tuned package of superb visuals and increasingly ominous score.
In the small town of Bright Hope, Sheriff Franklin Hunt (Kurt Russell) is the amiable voice of the law, assisted »
- Nicholas Bell
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