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“Birdman”, “Boyhood”, “Nightcrawler”, and “Selma” lead the 30th Spirit Awards nominations

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Just a few moments ago, the 2015 Independent Spirit Awards announced their nominations for their 30th annual ceremony, once again providing a mix of future Academy Award nominees and smaller contenders getting their moment in the sun. In terms of the former, Birdman (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) lead the nominations with a half dozen citations, followed by Boyhood and Selma with five each. Nightcrawler also scored a total of five, with Whiplash not far behind at four. They mixed with more fringe contenders like Love is Strange (also at four) and the aforementioned smaller players that won’t even sniff Oscar love, such as A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (three nominations). Overall, it was an eclectic mix, to say the least. I won’t speculate about potential winners just yet, but I will do a quick bit of analysis. Obviously, Birdman, Boyhood, and Selma solidified their causes as top tier Academy Award players, »

- Joey Magidson

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Ranking the contenders in Best Documentary Feature

24 November 2014 3:16 PM, PST

Today, for the next installment of my still weekly 2015 contender re-rundown, I’m moving on once again from the big eight categories (after starting this second part to the series with Best Animated Feature last week) and taking a look now at one of the in betweens, which happens this time to be the Best Documentary Feature race. Here now are the ten documentary films in particular that I have cracking the unofficial lineup at this later point in the year: 1. Citizenfour – Ever since this documentary burst on to the scene at the New York Film Festival, it’s essentially become the one to beat. A firsthand look at Edward Snowden as he became the world famous whistleblower we know him as today, it’s timely, unsettling, and gets people talking. That’s often a formula for victory here. I don’t think it’s unbeatable, but right now you »

- Joey Magidson

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