Independent Spirit Awards Nominees Announced
by Alex Billington
November 27, 2007
This is for all you film buffs who can't miss the best independent movies out there. The movies that make it onto this nomination list aren't anything but the greatest indie movies, or probably even the greatest movies, of the year. The Independent Spirit Awards are an annual award given in the name of independent film, featuring those little indies which deserve the honor and recognition that they won't be receiving at the Oscars. This list arrives well in advance of the Oscars, despite that the winners won't be awarded until February 23rd of next year. Without further ado, we present to you the Independent Spirit Awards nominees.
I haven't seen every one of these, but I've seen most (thanks to attending the Toronto Film Fest and a keen eye on the good indies that come my way). I've denoted my personal choices with a red *.
You'll notice the [IMDb] link next to each one. This is so you can explore and discover, because there is guaranteed to be a movie you've never heard of on this list.
Todd Haynes - I'm Not There [IMDb]
Tamara Jenkins - The Savages [IMDb]
*Jason Reitman - Juno [IMDb]
Julian Schnabel - The Diving Bell and the Butterfly [IMDb]
Gus Van Sant - Paranoid Park [IMDb]
BEST MALE LEAD
Pedro Castaneda - August Evening [IMDb]
*Don Cheadle - Talk To Me [IMDb]
Philip Seymour Hoffman - The Savages [IMDb]
Frank Langella - Starting Out in the Evening [IMDb]
Tony Leung - Lust, Caution [IMDb]
BEST SUPPORTING MALE
Chiwetel Ejiofor - Talk To Me [IMDb]
Marcus Carl Franklin - I'm Not There [IMDb]
Kene Holliday - Great World of Sound [IMDb]
Irrfan Khan - The Namesake [IMDb]
*Steve Zahn - Rescue Dawn [IMDb]
BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE
*Cate Blanchett - I'm Not There [IMDb]
Anna Kendrick - Rocket Science [IMDb]
Jennifer Jason Leigh - Margot at the Wedding [IMDb]
Tamara Podemski - Four Sheets to the Wind [IMDb]
Marisa Tomei - Before the Devil Knows You're Dead [IMDb]
Ronald Harwood - The Diving Bell and the Butterfly [IMDb]
Tamara Jenkins - The Savages [IMDb]
Fred Parnes & Andrew Wagner - Starting Out in the Evening [IMDb]
*Adrienne Shelly - Waitress [IMDb]
Mike White - Year of the Dog [IMDb]
BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY
Jeffrey Blitz - Rocket Science [IMDb]
Zoe Cassavetes - Broken English [IMDb]
*Diablo Cody - Juno [IMDb]
Kelly Masterson - Before the Devil Knows You're Dead [IMDb]
John Orloff - A Mighty Heart [IMDb]
Mott Hupfel - The Savages [IMDb]
Janusz Kaminski - The Diving Bell and the Butterfly [IMDb]
Milton Kam - Vanaja [IMDb]
Mihai Malaimare, Jr. - Youth Without Youth [IMDb]
*Rodrigo Prieto - Lust, Caution [IMDb]
A couple of notes to make. I think Juno is going to sweep the awards next year, I can just feel it. Second, it's very honorable of them to nominate Adrienne Shelly for Waitress, and I really hope she wins, because her screenplay deserves it. Lastly, the cinematography in Lust, Caution was incredible, some of the best I've ever seen. It just barely nudges out The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, which is some of the most creative cinematography ever.
For last year's list of nominees and winners, which included Little Miss Sunshine and Half Nelson, just click right here. The Independent Spirit Awards will host a show and announce the winners on Saturday, February 23rd, 2008.
WHERE is ONCE?
Caitriona on Nov 27, 2007
Good call on The Lookout. I'm glad to see that get at least SOME recognition.
Zach on Nov 28, 2007
I would've put "King of Kong" on the best doc list...
Nitro Jen on Nov 28, 2007
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