2015 Spirit Award Nominations Announced

By @DJansick
2015 Spirit Award Nominations Announced

It’s starting to feel like Christmas already as the nominations for our favorite awards show, the Film Independent Spirit Awards, were announced moments ago. Leading the pack with a total of six nominations was Alejandro G. Iñárritu‘s Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) grabbing nods for Best Feature, Best Director, Best Editing, and three acting categories. Not far behind it was Richard Linklater‘s masterful Boyhood which received a total of five nominations in major categories. Also landing five nominations were Dan Gilroy’s Nightcrawler, and Ava DuVernay’s Selma.

Perhaps the biggest surprise was the absence of Jean-Marc Vallée’s Dallas Buyer’s Club follow-up Wild, since a lot of people have been talking about Reese Witherspoon’s performance in it. However, the biggest snub this year belongs to The Overnighters for not getting a nod for Best Documentary, as this indie doc is getting some serious Oscar buzz. Also, I had to do a double take when seeing André Benjamin’s name under the Best Actor category, which seems a little out of left-field but also edged out Ellar Coltrane for Boyhood and Oscar Isaac for A Most Violent Year.

Here at Way Too Indie, we were especially happy to see nominations for some smaller films such as A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (which picked up 3 noms and landed on our Must See Indie list), The One I Love, and It Felt Like Love. The 2015 Independent Spirit Awards will broadcast live (new this year) on IFC at 2:00/5:00pm PT/ET on Saturday, February 21, 2015.

Watch For: Our Spirit Award predictions coming soon.

2015 Independent Spirit Award Nominations:

Best Feature:

Love is Strange

Best Director:

Damien ChazelleWhiplash
Ava DuVernaySelma
Alejandro G. IñárrituBirdman
Richard LinklaterBoyhood
David ZellnerKumiko, The Treasure Hunter

Best Screenplay:

Scott Alexander & Larry KaraszewskiBig Eyes
J.C. ChandorA Most Violent Year
Dan GilroyNightcrawler
Jim JarmuschOnly Lovers Left Alive
Ira Sachs & Mauricio ZachariasLove is Strange

Best First Feature:

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
Dear White People
Obvious Child
She’s Lost Control

Best First Screenplay:

Desiree AkhavanAppropriate Behavior
Sara ColangeloLittle Accidents
Justin LaderThe One I Love
Anja MarquardtShe’s Lost Control
Justin SimienDear White People

Best Male Lead:

André BenjaminJimi: All Is By My Side
Jake GyllenhaalNightcrawler
Michael KeatonBirdman
John LithgowLove is Strange
David OyelowoSelma

Best Female Lead:

Marion CotillardThe Immigrant
Rinko KikuchiKumiko, The Treasure Hunter
Julianne MooreStill Alice
Jenny SlateObvious Child
Tilda SwintonOnly Lovers Left Alive

Best Supporting Male:

Riz AhmedNightcrawler
Ethan HawkeBoyhood
Alfred MolinaLove is Strange
Edward NortonBirdman
J.K. SimmonsWhiplash

Best Supporting Female:

Patricia ArquetteBoyhood
Jessica ChastainA Most Violent Year
Carmen EjogoSelma
Andrea Suarez PazStand Clear of the Closing Doors
Emma StoneBirdman

Best Cinematography:

Darius KhondjiThe Immigrant
Emmanuel LubezkiBirdman
Sean PorterIt Felt Like Love
Lyle VincentA Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
Bradford YoungSelma

Best Editing:

Sandra Adair Boyhood
Tom CrossWhiplash
John GilroyNightcrawler
Ron PataneA Most Violent Year
Adam WingardThe Guest

Best International Film: (Award given to the director)

Force Majeure (Sweden)
Ida (Poland)
Leviathan (Russia)
Mommy (Cananda)
Norte, the End of History (Philippines)
Under the Skin (United Kingdom)

Best Documentary:

20,000 Days on Earth
Stray Dog
The Salt of the Earth

John Cassavetes Award: (Given to the best feature made for under $500,000; award given to the writer, director, and producer)

Blue Ruin – Jeremy Saulnier
It Felt Like Love – Eliza Hittman
Land Ho! – Aaron Katz & Martha Stephens
Man From Reno – Dave Boyle
Test – Chris Mason Johnson

Special Distinction Award:


Robert Altman Award: (Given to one film’s director, casting director, and its ensemble cast)

Inherent Vice
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Casting Director: Cassandra Kulukundis
Ensemble Cast: Josh Brolin, Martin Donovan, Jena Malone, Joanna Newsom, Joaquin Phoenix, Eric Roberts, Maya Rudolph, Martin Short Serena Scott Thomas, Benicio Del Toro, Katherine Waterston, Michael Kenneth Williams, Owen Wilson, Reese Witherspoon

Piaget Producers Award: (Award given to a producer)

Chad Burris
Elisabeth Holm
Chris Ohlson

Truer Than Fiction Award: (Award given to the director)

Amanda Rose WilderApproaching the Elephant
Darius Clark MonroeEvolution of a Criminal
Dan KraussThe Kill Team
Sara DosaThe Last Season

Someone to Watch Award: (Award given to the director)

Ana Lily AmirpourA Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
Rania Attieh & Daniel GarciaH.
Chris EskaThe Retrieval

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