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‘We the Animals,’ ‘Eighth Grade,’ ‘You Were Never Really Here,’ and ‘First Reformed’ Lead 2019 Independent Spirit Awards Nominations

The 2019 Film Independent Spirit Awards have revealed their nominations. Leading the pack is Jeremiah Zagar’s Malickian coming-of-age tale We the Animals, which nabbed five nods, while grabbing four each were Paul Schrader’s First Reformed, Bo Burnham’s Eighth Grade and Lynne Ramsay’s You Were Never Really Here. Rounding out the Best Feature category was If Beale Street Could Talk and Leave No Trace.

Some of our favourite performances of the year, including Helena Howard, Regina Hall, Carey Mulligan, Richard E. Grant, and Ethan Hawke got nods in their respective categories. Suspiria earned the Robert Altman Award for its ensemble. The Favourite and Roma, which were only eligible for Best International Film, earned nods in that category alongside Burning, Happy as Lazzaro, and Shoplifters.

Check out the nomination list below ahead of a February 23 ceremony.

Best Feature

Eighth Grade

First Reformed

If Beale Street Could Talk

Leave No
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Nominations for the 2019 Film Independent Spirit Awards announced

With awards season heating up, the nominations for the 2019 Film Independent Spirit Awards have been announced, with director Jeremiah Zager’s We the Animals leading the field with five nominations in total.

The coming of age tale was however overlooked in the Best Feature category, with the top honour set to be contested by Eighth Grade, First Reformed, If Beale Street Could Talk, Leave No Trace and You Were Never Really Here. It was however recognised for the Best First Feature award, where it is nominated alongside Hereditary, Sorry to Bother You, The Tale and Wildlife.

Check out a full list of the nominations here…

Best Feature

Eighth Grade

First Reformed

If Beale Street Could Talk

Leave No Trace

You Were Never Really Here

Best Director

Debra Granik, Leave No Trace

Barry Jenkins, If Beale Street Could Talk

Tamara Jenkins, Private Life

Lynne Ramsay, You Were Never Really Here

Paul Schrader,
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Forum reactions: 2019 Independent Spirit Awards nominations are great for Toni Collette, bad for Melissa McCarthy

Forum reactions: 2019 Independent Spirit Awards nominations are great for Toni Collette, bad for Melissa McCarthy
Nominations for the 2019 Independent Spirit Awards were announced Friday, November 16 and as usual they were filled with deserving nominees and egregious snubs. (See the full list of nominations.) Our savvy readers have been debating the Spirit bids all day, with some of their hot topics including Toni Collette being nominated for “Hereditary” and Melissa McCarthy being skunked for “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” Read some of their fiery comments below and then join the discussion in our movie forum.

The Spirit nominations are decided annually by nominating committees that included film critics, producers, directors, writers, cinematographers, editors, actors, past nominees and winners, and members of Film Independent’s Board of Directors. Eligible films must be American productions with budgets smaller than $20 million. This year’s ceremony will take place Saturday, February 23, one day before the 2019 Oscars.

See How independent have the Spirit Awards winners been compared to Oscars? You might
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Women Rule the Indie Spirit Nominations, But Will Oscars Follow?

Women Rule the Indie Spirit Nominations, But Will Oscars Follow?
The nominations for Film Independent’s 34th Independent Spirit Awards are in. The always-idiosyncratic nominations committees steer toward low-budget indie American movies (there’s supposedly a $20-million budget cap), which explains why ineligible titles include too-expensive “Vice,” Belgian-directed “Beautiful Boy,” French-directed “The Sisters Brothers,” and British movie “Mary Queen of Scots,” among others, and how Alfonso Cuarón’s “Roma” wound up in the stellar international film category which also includes likely Oscar-contenders “Burning”, “The Favourite”, and Palme d’Or winner “Shoplifters”.

Spirit nominations do offer some guidance for other awards shows, from the Screen Actors Guild to the Oscars: back in March, Frances McDormand, Allison Janney, and Sam Rockwell all landed Spirit wins in the blustery white tent in Santa Monica the day before accepting their inevitable Oscars. Original Screenplay Oscar winner Jordan Peele took home the Best Feature Indie Spirit for “Get Out”; before that, the previous four winners
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Women Rule the Indie Spirit Nominations, But Will Oscars Follow?

Women Rule the Indie Spirit Nominations, But Will Oscars Follow?
The nominations for Film Independent’s 34th Independent Spirit Awards are in. The always-idiosyncratic nominations committees steer toward low-budget indie American movies (there’s supposedly a $20-million budget cap), which explains why ineligible titles include too-expensive “Vice,” Belgian-directed “Beautiful Boy,” French-directed “The Sisters Brothers,” and British movie “Mary Queen of Scots,” among others, and how Alfonso Cuarón’s “Roma” wound up in the stellar international film category which also includes likely Oscar-contenders “Burning”, “The Favourite”, and Palme d’Or winner “Shoplifters”.

Spirit nominations do offer some guidance for other awards shows, from the Screen Actors Guild to the Oscars: back in March, Frances McDormand, Allison Janney, and Sam Rockwell all landed Spirit wins in the blustery white tent in Santa Monica the day before accepting their inevitable Oscars. Original Screenplay Oscar winner Jordan Peele took home the Best Feature Indie Spirit for “Get Out”; before that, the previous four winners
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‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’ Leads the Way for the Future of Queer Film

Based on a true story, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” follows the exploits of Lee Israel (Melissa McCarthy), a Jewish lesbian writer who bolsters her failing writing career by forging and selling rare literary letters with the help of a foppish drifter named Jack Hock (Richard E. Grant). Incidentally, but not insignificantly, it’s also the story of a friendship between an acerbic lesbian and a witty gay man — a unique synergy and the unsung bedrock of the queer community that is rarely, if ever, portrayed onscreen, and certainly not with this authenticity.

It’s the kind of non-sexual relationship between a man and a woman Hollywood just doesn’t do, and it wouldn’t have happened if “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” was pure fiction. The people these characters are based on were queer in real life, so no executive could (or was less likely to) say, “Why do
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Independent Film Awards Circuit Livens Up Studio-Heavy Oscar Race

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With this year’s best picture Oscar race set to feature a number of major studio releases, the independent film awards circuit is making for a lively sidebar affair. As ever, it’s an opportunity for bubble contenders to find their corner of the spotlight ahead of the holiday rush, when voters will hopefully be diligent about viewing their screeners before settling in with ballots in the new year. But this year in particular, the absence of so many expected Academy heavyweights from these proceedings is providing a wide berth that should go a long way toward ensuring events like the Independent Filmmaker Project’s Gotham Awards and Film Independent’s Spirit Awards don’t feel like a rehearsal dinner for the Oscars. (Recent Academy drama suggests that will be a relief for some.)

Let’s start with the Spirits. Film Independent’s 46-member nominating committee revealed its nominations for
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‘Eighth Grade’ and ‘First Reformed’ clean up in Independent Spirit nominations, but the leading film isn’t up for Best Feature

‘Eighth Grade’ and ‘First Reformed’ clean up in Independent Spirit nominations, but the leading film isn’t up for Best Feature
The Film Independent Spirit Awards announced their nominations on November 16, and “Eighth Grade,” “First Reformed” and “You Were Never Really Here” cleaned up with four bids apiece, including Best Feature. But the most nominated film of the year, “We the Animals” with five, isn’t up for that top award. See the complete list of nominations here.

Eighth Grade,” “First Reformed” and “Never Really Here” are joined in the top category by “If Beale Street Could Talk” and “Leave No Trace,” which have three total noms apiece. And while “We the Animals” isn’t in that lineup, it does contend for Best First Feature along with “Hereditary,” “Sorry to Bother You,” “The Tale” and “Wildlife.”

SEEIndependent Spirit Awards nominations 2019: Full list of Spirit nominees in all categories

The Best Director race is dominated by women, with female filmmakers taking three of the five slots: Debra Granik (“Leave No Trace
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2019 Spirit Awards spreads love among cluster of nominees

2019 Spirit Awards spreads love among cluster of nominees
Roma, The Favourite nominated for best international film.

We The Animals earned five 2019 Spirit Awards nominations on Friday (16), while You Were Never Really Here, First Reformed and Eighth Grade led the field in major categories on four apiece.

You Were Never Really Here, First Reformed and Eighth Grade are up for best feature, alongside Leave No Trace, and If Beale Street Could Talk, both of which earned three nods on the day.

We The Animals is in contention for cinematography, editing, first feature, supporting male, and the Someone To Watch Award.

You Were Never Really Here is also contention for director Lynne Ramsay,
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'You Were Never Really Here', 'First Reformed' lead 2019 Spirit Award nominees

'You Were Never Really Here', 'First Reformed' lead 2019 Spirit Award nominees
Roma, The Favourite nominated for best international film.

You Were Never Really Here and First Reformed led the 2019 Spirit Awards announced in Los Angeles on Friday (16), earning four nods apiece.

Both films are up for best feature, alongside Leave No Trace, If Beale Street Could Talk, and Eighth Grade.

You Were Never Really Here is also contention for director Lynne Ramsay, lead male Joaquin Phoenix, and editor Joe Bini while First Reformed earned additional nods for Paul Schrader in the director and screenplay categories, and Ethan Hawke for male lead.

Leave No Trace is nominated for director Debra Granik and supporting female Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie,
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Strong showings for “Eighth Grade” and “You Were Never Really Here” highlight the Independent Spirit Award nominations

Moments ago, the Film Independent Spirit Awards announced their nominations for 2018. Essentially the Oscars of indie film, this is a time when certain movies can see their only true moment in the sun. As you’ll see below, the nominees this year represent both some major Academy Award players as well as some tiny titles that will go no further. That’s actually part of the real appeal of the Spirits, in that they place these flicks side by side. This seems like one of those years where the Spirit Award winners won’t cross over too much with Oscar, but that remains to be seen. First up, we can just go over the nominees. The Spirit Awards, nomination wise, were led this year by, in a surprise…We the Animals. Scoring five nominations, that led the field, with Eighth Grade, First Reformed, and You Were Never Really Here next in line with four.
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Spirit Awards Nominations Led by ‘We the Animals’

Spirit Awards Nominations Led by ‘We the Animals’
Coming-of-age drama “We the Animals” has scored a leading five Spirit Awards nominations, with “Eighth Grade,” “First Reformed,” and “You Were Never Really Here” taking four each.

The nominees for best feature are “Eighth Grade,” “First Reformed,” “If Beale Street Could Talk,” “Leave No Trace,” and “You Were Never Really Here.”

We the Animals” received nominations for best first feature, best supporting male actor for Raul Castillo, cinematography, editing, and the Someone to Watch award for Jeremiah Zagar, who directed and adapted the script from Justin Torres’ debut novel of the same name. The movie, which focuses on a mixed-race family in upstate New York, opened at the Sundance Film Festival in January.

Bo Burnham’s comedy-drama “Eighth Grade” took nods for feature, first feature, actress for Elsie Fisher, and supporting male actor for Josh Hamilton. “First Reformed” landed noms for feature, director and screenplay for Paul Schrader, and male lead for Ethan Hawke.
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Independent Spirit Awards nominations 2019: Full list of Spirit nominees in all categories

Independent Spirit Awards nominations 2019: Full list of Spirit nominees in all categories
The Film Independent Spirit Awards announced their 2019 nominations on Friday, November 16. So who made the cut at these kudos, which celebrate the best in American independent films? Scroll down to see the complete list.

These Spirit contenders were decided by nominating committees that included film critics, film programmers, producers, directors, writers, cinematographers, editors, actors, past nominees and winners, and members of Film Independent’s Board of Directors. The winners will be chosen by all of Film Independent’s eligible members, including industry insiders and any movie fans who sign up for membership starting at $95 per year.

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Eligible films must be American productions with budgets within $20 million, which this year excluded awards contenders like “Vice,” “Mary Queen of Scots,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “The Hate U Give,” “Widows,” “Beautiful Boy” and “Black Panther,” among others. Additional titles like “Roma,” “22 July” and “The Favourite
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2019 Spirit Award Nominations: ‘We The Animals’ Tops With Five, A24 Leads All Distributors, Studio Classic Labels Come Up Short

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For the third year in a row, New York-based distributor A24 led at the 2019 Film Independent Spirit Award nominations counting a total 12 noms versus last year’s 17. A24’s nom count this year doubled up on Amazon Studios, Netflix and The Orchard which all tied for six. Annapurna Pictures followed with five noms: Three for Barry Jenkins’ If Beale Street Could Talk (best feature, director, and supporting female Regina King and two for their Boots Riley Sundance pick-up Sorry to Bother You (five).

A24 scored four noms a piece for Eighth Grade and First Reformed, two for Hereditary, and then a nom each for Mid90s and Never Goin’ Back.

Meanwhile, The Orchard’s We The Animals from director Jeremiah Zager counted the most for any feature with a total of five including best editing, best cinematography, best first feature, Someone to Watch award, and best supporting male. The pic,
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2019 Independent Spirit Awards Nominees, ‘Eighth Grade’ & ‘We the Animals’ Lead

2019 Independent Spirit Awards Nominees, ‘Eighth Grade’ & ‘We the Animals’ Lead
The nominations for the 34th Independent Spirit Awards were announced live this afternoon, setting the stage for the awards season with a decidedly indie bent. Over the last several years, the Indie Spirits have become both a champion of underdog indies and a key indicator in which films and performances could end up with the Oscar.

Some of the year’s biggest titles are, however, not eligible for this year’s Indie Spirits per their rules, including “Vice,” “The Sisters Brothers,” and “Mary Queen of Scots,” while Alfonso Cuarón’s lauded “Roma” only qualifies for Best International Film.

Favorites like “Eighth Grade” and “First Reformed” dominated the big categories, with each film earning four nominations, including Best Feature for both, Best Actress for “Eighth Grade” lead Elsie Fisher, and Best Actor for “First Reformed” star Ethan Hawke. “We the Animals” led the entire field with five total noms. A number
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Listen: ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’ Director Marielle Heller Really Wanted to Avoid the ‘Sophomore Slump’

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Listen: ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’ Director Marielle Heller Really Wanted to Avoid the ‘Sophomore Slump’
Playback is a Variety / iHeartRadio podcast bringing you conversations with the talents behind many of today’s hottest films. New episodes air every Thursday.

Coming off her critically acclaimed debut feature “Diary of a Teenage Girl,” filmmaker Marielle Heller put a lot of thought into how she would follow it up. She at least knew she didn’t want to make another movie about teenage life, which was of course how the industry was seeking to pigeonhole her. The answer finally came to her in the form of “Can You Ever Forgive Me?,” the story of author Lee Israel’s campaign of fraud (selling counterfeit letters “signed” by famous writers) in the early 1990s.

Listen to this week’s episode of “Playback” below. New episodes air every Thursday.

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“The statistics show women take a lot longer to make their second movie,” Heller says.
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Richard E. Grant Talks Gifts ‘Spice World’ Role Keeps Giving on ‘Corden’

Richard E. Grant Talks Gifts ‘Spice World’ Role Keeps Giving on ‘Corden’
British actor Richard E. Grant said that the benefits of portraying the Spice Girls’ manager in the 1997 movie, Spice World, keep coming. “Lena Dunham wrote four episodes for me to be in Girls because she’d seen me in Spice World, and Adele, with whom I share a birthday, sent me a ticket to come see a show in London because she’s a Spice World the movie, fan,” Grant said. “Win, win.”

The topic arose on The Late Late Show With James Corden because the Spice Girls announced they
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AFI Fest: 8 Acting Contenders from 2018 Indies Compare Experiences

Eight performers who did standout work in 2018 independent films participated Sunday in the fifth annual AFI Fest Indie Contenders Panel, presented by The Hollywood Reporter: Willem Dafoe (lead actor, At Eternity's Gate), Richard E. Grant (supporting actor, Can You Ever Forgive Me?), Kathryn Hahn (lead actress, Private Life), Felicity Jones (lead actress, On the Basis of Sex), Joanna Kulig (lead actress, Cold War), Thomasin McKenzie (supporting actress, Leave No Trace), Rosamund Pike (lead actress, A Private War) and John C. Reilly (lead actor, Stan & Ollie and The Sisters Brothers).

As you can see in the video atop this post, the five actresses and three actors spoke ...
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'Can You Ever Forgive Me?' Almost Had a Different Ending

[The following story contains spoilers from the movie Can You Ever Forgive Me?]

Whether or not Can You Ever Forgive Me? has a happy ending is up for debate, but what could’ve happened at the film’s conclusion is certainly more grim.

At the Producers Guild of America’s Produced By: New York conference Saturday, producer Anne Carey and director Marielle Heller revealed that the final meeting between the film’s two main characters, Lee Israel (Melissa McCarthy) and Jack Hock (Richard E. Grant), almost never happened.

Can You Ever Forgive Me? chronicles the story of Israel, a real-life writer and ...
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‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’ Director Marielle Heller on What Gets Lost When Movies Strive For Clarity

‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’ Director Marielle Heller on What Gets Lost When Movies Strive For Clarity
There’s a scene in Marielle Heller’s new film “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” during which Lee Israel (Melissa McCarthy) is having a dinner with Anna (Dolly Wells), a bookstore owner who buys Lee’s forged letters that are, to Anna’s knowledge, written by famous literary figures. The dinner could be interpreted as a date – the two women have become friendly and it seems as if they like each other.

“I remember getting the note from somebody, ‘Is it clear that they are asking each other out on a date?,’” said Heller when she was guest on IndieWire’s Filmmaker Toolkit Podcast. “And I was like, ‘No, it’s not clear, and nor should it be clear because that’s what it feels like to be a gay woman in 1991 and not being somebody that wears their sexual orientation on their sleeve – this sort of slightly dancing around the issue.
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