Independent Spirit Awards: Carol, Tangerine and More Vie for Top Prizes

25 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Announcing the 31st Annual Indie Spirit Award Nominees.

As the Oscar race continues to heat up, the Independent Spirit Awards have recognized the year’s best of the independent-film circuit—many of which will undoubtedly compete for the Academy’s attention in the weeks ahead.

Carol, Todd Haynes’s love story starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, leads the pack with six nominations, including best feature and best female lead for both actresses. Irish/Canadian drama Room has picked up three nominations, with Brie Larson up for Female Lead; Emma Donoghue up for Best First Screenplay; and Nathan Nugent nominated for Best Editing.

Todd Haynes’ Carol leads the field with 6 nominations, with Beasts of No Nation receiving 5, while Spotlight, Tangerine, and Anomalisa garnered four each. Third place is a tie between three titles: the stop-motion animated feature Anomalisa, the filmed-with-an-iPhone transgender comedy Tangerine, and the Oscar-buzzing Spotlight. Room sees writer Emma O’Donoghue adapt her own best-selling novel, which is told from the perspective of a five-year-old boy, Jack, who is being held captive in a small room along with his mother.

The film stars Brie Larson (Short Term 12, The Spectacular Now), Jacob Tremblay (The Smurfs 2, Somnia), Joan Allen (The Bourne Supremacy, Nixon) and William H. Room is an Element Pictures and No Trace Camping production, in association with Telefilm Canada, Film4, and Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board.

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