Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Independent Spirit Award Nominees

The Spirit Awards love standing well outside Oscar, honoring films that rarely get a chance to cross over to the big show. Many of their nominations are often very confounding given the breadth of indy work in any given year. Usually they don't effect the Oscars very much, but they can help an indy film get more notice and thus help an individual film's odds at nomination.

Frozen River leads with 6; Rachel Getting Married follows with 5.

Film

Ballast
Frozen River
Rachel Getting Married
Wendy and Lucy
The Wrestler

Director

Ramin Bahrani, Chop Shop
Jonathan Demme, Rachel Getting Married
Lance Hammer, Ballast
Courtney Hunt, Frozen River
Thomas McCarthy, The Visitor

First Feature

Afterschool, Antonio Campos
Medicine for Melancholy, Barry Jenkins
Sangre de Mi Sangre, Christopher Zalla
Sleep Dealer, Alex Rivera
Synecdoche, New York, Charlie Kaufman

Best First Screenplay

Dustin Lance Black, Milk
Lance Hammer, Ballast
Courtney Hunt, Frozen River
Johnathan Levine, The Wackness
Jenny Lumet, Rachel Getting Married

Screenplay

Woody Allen, Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Anna Fleck and Ryan Boden, Sugar
Charlie Kaufman, Synecdoche, New York
Howard A. Rodman, Savage Grace
Christopher Zalla, Sangre de Mi Sangre

Female Lead

Summer Bishii, Towelhead
Anne Hathaway, Rachel Getting Married
Melissa Leo, Frozen River
Tara Riggs, Ballast
Michelle Williams, Wendy and Lucy

Male Lead

Javier Bardem, Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Richard Jenkins, The Visitor
Sean Penn, Milk
Jeremy Renner, The Hurt Locker
Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler

Supporting Female

Penelope Cruz, Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Rosemarie DeWitt, Rachel Getting Married
Rosie Perex, The Take
Misty Upham, Frozen River
Debra Winger, Rachel Getting Married

Supporting Male

James Franco, Milk
Anthony Mackie, The Hurt Locker
Charlie McDermott, Frozen River
Jim Myron Ross, Ballast
Haaz Sleiman, The Visitor

Cinematography

Maryse Alberti, The Wrestler
Lol Crowley, Ballast
James Laxton, Medicine for Melancholy
Harris Savides, Milk
Michael Simmonds, Chop Shop

Documentary

The Betrayal, Ellen Kuras and Thavisouk Phrasavath
Encounters at the End of the World, Werner Herzog
Man on Wire, James Marsh
The Order of Myths, Margaret Brown
Up the Yangtze, Yang Chung

Foreign Film

The Class (France)
Gomorrah (Italy)
Hunger (Ireland)
Secret of the Grain (France)
Silent Light (Mexico)

Robert Altman Award

Synecdoche, New York

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