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“Spotlight” has officially secured its place in the awards race with its first win of the season at New York’s Gotham Independent Film Awards. The dramatic retelling of a Boston journalism team’s dogged efforts to uncover a sex abuse scandal within the Catholic Church is getting plenty of attention, and not just for its star-studded cast, which includes Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Michael Keaton, Brian d’Arcy James, and others. The film, in addition to winning best feature, also took best screenplay, co-written by director Tom McCarthy, and a special jury award for ensemble acting. Bel Powley took home the award for “The Diary of a Teenage Girl,” and snatched the best actress win from under Oscar winner and season favorite Cate Blanchett (“Carol”) and other heavy hitters such as Lily Tomlin (“Grandma”), Brie Larson (“Room”), Kristen Wiig (“Welcome to Me”), and Blythe Danner (“I’ll See You »
The first of the year’s award ceremonies — a full month before 2015 even ends — Gotham Independent Film Awards were held last night. Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, Tom McCarthy‘s journalism drama Spotlight picked up top honors of Best Feature (as well as Screenplay, and the pre-determined Ensemble award).
While Carol unfortunately came up empty-handed, The Diary of a Teenage Girl‘s Bel Powley surprised with Best Actress and Paul Dano took home Best Actor for Love & Mercy. Also featuring Tangerine‘s Mya Taylor as Best Breakthrough Actor, check out the full list of winners below in red.
- Jordan Raup
The first set of pictures from Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, the upcoming film adaptation of Kim Baker’s memoir The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan, which follows her time as a war correspondent in Afghanistan and Pakistan, have hit the web. The images show Tina Fey’s Baker on assignment in Kabul and give us a peek at Martin Freeman’s Iain MacKelpie, a Scottish photographer and love interest for Baker. Check out all three of the pictures (via USA Today) here…
Previously, the project shared its title with the book, being called The Taliban Shuffle, but then Paramount changed its name to Fun House; now, the studio seems to have settled on the name Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.
- Justin Cook
“Spotlight” was named best feature at the 2015 Gotham Awards, capping an evening of wins for the film that also included the award for screenplay and a previously announced special jury prize for its acting ensemble.
Actress Bel Powley beat out heavyweight competition — including Cate Blanchett, Blythe Danner and Lily Tomlin — to win the award for best actress for her work in “The Diary of a Teenage Girl,” while Paul Dano snagged best actor for his performance in “Love & Mercy.” The Gothams also singled out “Mr. Robot” as the winner of its first award for breakthrough longform series.
The Gotham Awards marked the start of film industry’s awards season with a Nov. 30 ceremony in New York, honoring winners drawn from a pool of independent contenders including “Diary of a Teenage Girl,” which earned four nominations, as well as “Carol” and “Tangerine,” which picked up three apiece. Hosted by the “Broad City »
- Gordon Cox
Here are the nominees! I'm hoping "Carol" will get lots of love!
Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director
Jonas Carpigano for "Mediterranea"
"While We.re Young," Noah Baumbach
Michael Shannon in "99 Homes"
Blythe Danner in "I.ll See You in My Dreams »
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Relaying the stills via USA Today, the studio has offered up precious few details about the adaptation, which is to be based on journalist Kim Barker’s wartime memoir, The Taliban Shuffle, though today’s first look at the darkly drama hints at Fey shipping off to the front lines.
“For me to get to do a movie where I fly in helicopters and shoot guns and run from explosions, that’s a treat,” Fey tells USA Today. “I don’t get to do any of those things on a daily basis.”
Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (Focus, Crazy, Stupid, Love) are behind the lens for this one, which will see Fey step into the shoes of Baker, chronicling her skirmishes as a photojournalist covering conflicts all across Afghanistan and Pakistan. »
- Michael Briers
“Birdman” and “Boyhood.” “Citizenfour” and Julianne Moore. They all won Oscars this year. But they were also winners of 2014 Ifp Gotham Awards, the first major awards show of the season and one that really poses a chicken-and-egg question about statuettes and campaigns and who influences what.
“Because we’re so early, by putting a spotlight on our nominees and winning films we’re giving confidence to distributors, encouragement to go on and campaign,” says Joana Vicente, executive director of the Independent Feature Project, which has been sponsoring the Gothams now for 25 years. “Not that the films would need it but, especially with the smaller ones, but it’s really a boost. It ends up having an impact, which is great, though that’s definitely not the mission — the mission is to elevate and celebrate independent films.”
Two new categories have been added to the program: Breakthrough Awards will recognize achievement »
- John Anderson
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
Take two thesps from the previous Sundance film festival who both broke out big and then pair them up for your directorial debut. This is the chance that was afforded to Wayne Roberts. Grand Jury Sundance winning Me and Earl and the Dying Girl‘s Olivia Cooke and Next section winning James White‘s Christopher Abbott were enlisted for Katie Says Goodbye back in March for the New Mexico production. Included on the Blacklist’s weekly top read scripts and described as a blend of coming-of-ager, a modern Western and the first part of a possible trilogy, this appears to visit some dark matter and tonally could be the antithesis of The Girlfriend Experience.
Gist: Katie (Cooke), a kindhearted seventeen-year-old turns to prostitution to overcome poverty and fulfill her dream of a new life in San Francisco.
- Eric Lavallee
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
Nominations for Film Independent’s 31st Annual Spirit Awards have been announced, and this year’s serious awards season contenders begin to take further shape. “Carol,” the critical darling starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, racked up the most nominations with six (including two for its leading women), while Netflix’s first foray into awards contention, “Beasts of No Nation,” trailed with five. “Spotlight” is up for four nominations plus the Robert Altman Award for best ensemble. Other welcome nominations went to Cynthia Nixon and Christopher Abbott as mother and son in “James White,” indie horror hit “It Follows” for best first film and best director, Brie Larson for "Room," and Bel Powley for “The Diary of A Teenage Girl.” The awards will be given out, as usual, on Santa Monica Beach the night before the Academy Awards—this year on Feb. 27—and aired live on IFC. See below for a full list of nominees. »
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.”
Best male lead »
- 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
In Josh Mond's intense character study “James White,” Christopher Abbott plays the title role, a self-destructive New Yorker whose life is further complicated by his mother’s (Cynthia Nixon) terminal illness. This rising star recently received a Gotham nomination for his role, having contended previously as apart of the ensemble cast of “Martha Marcy May Marlene” (2011) which was produced by Mond. During a recent webcam chat (watch below), Abbott takes us through the arc his character: "In the beginning, you catch him in the throws of somewhat of a downward spiral in his life. He’s complicated, kind of confused, lost in his life a bit. And then these other, much bigger circumstances in his life are thrown on him in the duration of the movie, the main one being his mother becoming terminally ill.” -Break- Subscribe to Gold Derby Breaking News Alerts & Experts’ Latest Oscar Predictions He..."' »
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