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31st Indie Spirit Nominees - 'Spotlight' & 'Carol' Are Top Contenders

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November 24, 2015
Source: Spirit Awards

Indie Spirit Awards

The Independent Spirit Awards are an annual award given in the name of independent film, featuring plenty of those little indies which deserve the honor and recognition that, this year, they might not receive at the Oscars. We love featuring these because there's always some gems to find. This is an excellent year of nominees, featuring a wide range of some of the best filmmaking of the year. The five Best Features alone: a stop-motion animated feature (Anomalisa), a film shot on an iPhone starring transsexuals (Tangerine), Todd Haynes' film about lesbian lovers (Carol), and the African fighters thriller (Beasts of No Nation). There's so many outstanding people featured this year, so take a look below. Read on for the list of noms.

Here is the complete list of 2015 nominees:

BEST FEATURE
Anomalisa
Beasts of No Nation
Carol
Spotlight
Tangerine

BEST FIRST FEATURE
The Diary of a Teenage Girl
James White
Manos Sucias
Mediterranea
Songs My Brothers Taught Me

BEST DIRECTOR
Sean Baker - Tangerine
Cary Joji Fukunaga - Beasts of No Nation
Todd Haynes - Carol
Duke Johnson & Charlie Kaufman - Anomalisa
Tom McCarthy - Spotlight
David Robert Mitchell - It Follows

BEST MALE LEAD
Christopher Abbott - James White
Abraham Attah - Beasts of No Nation
Ben Mendelsohn - Mississippi Grind
Jason Segel - The End of the Tour
Koudous Seihon - Mediterranea

BEST FEMALE LEAD
Cate Blanchett - Carol
Brie Larson - Room
Rooney Mara - Carol
Bel Powley - The Diary of a Teenage Girl
Kitana Kiki Rodriguez - Tangerine

BEST SUPPORTING MALE
Kevin Corrigan - Results
Paul Dano - Love & Mercy
Idris Elba - Beasts of No Nation
Richard Jenkins - Bone Tomahawk
Michael Shannon - 99 Homes

BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE
Robin Bartlett - H.
Marin Ireland - Glass Chin
Jennifer Jason Leigh - Anomalisa
Cynthia Nixon - James White
Mya Taylor - Tangerine

BEST SCREENPLAY
Charlie Kaufman - Anomalisa
Donald Margulies - The End of the Tour
Tom McCarthy & Josh Singer - Spotlight
Phyllis Nagy - Carol
S. Craig Zahler - Bone Tomahawk

BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY
Jesse Andrews - Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
Jonas Carpignano - Mediterranea
Emma Donoghue - Room
Marielle Heller - The Diary of a Teenage Girl
John Magary, Story by Russell Harbaugh and Myna Joseph - The Mend

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Cary Joji Fukunaga - Beasts of No Nation
Michael Gioulakis - It Follows
Ed Lachman - Carol
Reed Morano - Meadowland
Joshua James Richards - Songs My Brothers Taught Me

BEST EDITING
Ronald Bronstein and Benny Safdie - Heaven Knows What
Tom McArdle - Spotlight
Nathan Nugent - Room
Julio C. Perez IV - It Follows
Kristan Sprague - Manos Sucias

BEST DOCUMENTARY
(T)ERROR
Best of Enemies
Heart of a Dog
The Look of Silence
Meru
The Russian Woodpecker

BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM
Embrace of the Serpent (Colombia)
Girlhood (France)
Mustang (France, Turkey)
A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (Sweden)
Son of Saul (Hungary)

JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD
Best feature made for less than $500,000.
Advantageous
Christmas, Again
Heaven Knows What
Krisha
Out of My Hand

Tom McCarthy's Spotlight also wins the Robert F. Altman award given to the entire ensemble cast: Billy Crudup, Paul Guilfoyle, Neal Huff, Brian d'Arcy James, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo, Liev Schreiber, Jamey Sheridan, John Slattery and Stanley Tucci. For last year's list of Indie Spirit nominees and winners, which mirrored the Oscars with Birdman winning two big awards, click here. Congrats to all of this year's Independent Spirit Awards nominees. Any and all of the films mentioned above are worth seeing.

My favorite of these nominees: Jason Segel from The End of the Tour playing David Foster Wallace (read my interview with Jason). I'm also really happy to see Beasts of No Nation and noms for Fukunaga everywhere (read my interview with Cary). Deserving nominations for The Diary of a Teenage Girl, one of my favorite gems this year, along with Son of Saul, Mustang and 99 Homes. Carol is a fine film but I'm not the biggest fan, I prefer Brooklyn more. As always, we could argue for hours about everything that is nominated and everything that isn't and should be. Winners announced live on Saturday, February 27th.

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  • DAVIDPD
    Yeah! CAROL looks like an absolute tour-de-force! I wonder how similar it is to A SINGLE MAN?
  • Alex Kutulos
    Transgender not transsexual

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