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iW THIS WEEK | Awards Watch Re-Cap: Spirit Nods and Gotham Awards Officially Kick Off The Season

iW THIS WEEK | Awards Watch Re-Cap: Spirit Nods and Gotham Awards Officially Kick Off The Season

Looking at happenings on the Awards Watch front… Among this week’s news, “I’m Not There,” “Juno,” “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” and “The Savages” led the 2008 Independent Spirit Award nominations, which will be handed out the day before the Academy Awards in February. “Juno” star Ellen Page was honored as best breakthrough performer at Tuesday night’s Gotham Awards, where Sean Penn‘s “Into The Wild won best film. The British Independent Film Awards, were also handed out, with Anton Corbjin‘s Ian Curtis biopic, “Control,” leading with five laurels. On the blog front, “Atonement” and “No Country For Old Men” remained the top two choices on the Gurus o’ Gold, where the 15 pundits (including our own Eugene Hernandez) switched the ranks of the two, placing “No Country” on top of the best picture race for the first time. Here at indieWIRE, check out my latest choices for award frontrunners and underdogs at The Lost Boy, and look out for our coverage of Saturday night’s European Film Awards, as well the upcoming critics’ awards announcements, which kick off December 5th with the National Board of Review [Peter Knegt]

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