‘Carol,’ ‘Beasts’ and ‘Spotlight’ lead 2016 Spirit Awards nominations

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‘Carol’ Leads Independent Spirit Award Nominations.

Stars Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara were both nominated for best lead actress as their drama Carol lead all films with six nominations for the 2016 Film Independent Spirit Awards.“Spotlight,” about The Boston Globe’s Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation into sex abuse by Catholic priests, received four nominations and the Robert Altman Award. Other best picture contenders are Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson’s animated “Anomalisa” and Sean Baker’s “Tangerine,” about transgender prostitutes in Los Angeles.

All three films will compete in the categories of best feature and best director, along with Charlie Kaufman’s stop-motion feature Anomalisa and Sean Baker’s iPhone-shot Tangerine, which each scored three more nominations. Their definition of “independent” has always been flexible and, in recent years, the winners have included such unlikely films such as Birdman, 12 Years a Slave and Black Swan (none exactly tiny).

Netflix’s first feature film, Beasts of No Nation, and Tom McCarthy’s acclaimed journalistic thriller Spotlight tied for second place, with five nominations apiece, including shared ones for picture and director. They’ll compete against Me and Earl and the Dying Girl’s Jesse Andrews and The Mend, scripted by John Magary from a story by Russell Harbaugh and Myna Joseph. Its two transgender actors – Kitana Kiki Rodriguez and Mya Taylor – were also recognised, boding well for the Oscar campaign the film’s distribution company, Magnolia Pictures, has launched for the stars.

Producers: Jason Michael Berman, Chris Columbus, Jon Coplon, Christoph Daniel, Andrew Kortschak, John Lesher, Ryan Lough, Justin Nappi, Alain Peyrollaz, Gwyn Sannia, Marc Schmidheiny, Victor Shapiro, Ryan Zacaria JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD – Given to the best feature made for under $500,000. Charlie Kaufman’s stop-motion wonder Anomalisa, which was a hit with critics on the autumn festival circuit, also scored four nominations, including nods for picture, director and supporting female for Jennifer Jason Leigh’s voice work. Ensemble Cast: Billy Crudup, Paul Guilfoyle, Neal Huff, Brian d’Arcy James, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo, Liev Schreiber, Jamey Sheridan, John Slattery, Stanley Tucci 19th ANNUAL PIAGET PRODUCERS AWARD – The 19th annual Producers Award, sponsored by Piaget, honors emerging producers who, despite highly limited resources, demonstrate the creativity, tenacity and vision required to produce quality, independent films. Nominees for best male lead include Christopher Abbott (James White), Abraham Attah (Beasts of No Nation), Ben Mendelsohn (Mississippi Grind), Jason Segel (The End of the Tour) and Koudous Seihorn (Mediterranea). We don’t think Brooklyn — with no significant US investment — was eligible, but Room, despite being an Irish-Canadian co-production, clearly was up for awards.

Beasts’ Idris Elba, meanwhile, was nominated in the best supporting male category alongside Bone Tomahawk’s Richard Jenkins, Results’ Kevin Corrigan, Love & Mercy’s Paul Dano and 99 Homes’ Michael Shannon. In the event, Lenny Abrahamson’s film missed out on best picture, but registered in the races for best female lead (Brie Larson), best editing (Nathan Nugent) and best first screenplay (Emma Donoghue). Brooklyn also failed to make the International feature award, losing out to Mustang, Girlhood, A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting On Existence, Son of Saul and Embrace of the Serpent.

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