"Sideways" and "Maria Full of Grace" Lead Spirit Award Nominations
by Eugene Hernandez
Alexander Payne's "Sideways" received six nominations and Joshua Marston's "Maria Full of Grace" was nominated five times for the Independent Spirit Awards, presented by the IFP/Los Angeles. Other films leading the pack this year include Rodney Evans' "Brother to Brother" with four nominations and Shane Carruth's "Primer," Mario F. de la Vega's "Robbing Peter," and Bill Condon's "Kinsey" all with four as well.
"Over the last 20 years, the Spirit Awards have consistently celebrated the most talented artists - known and unknown - working in independent film. We've honored many filmmakers and artists at the beginning of their careers, and this year is no different," said Dawn Hudson, Executive Director of IFP/Los Angeles, in a statement. "Six of the nominated films haven't even received theatrical distribution, and several more have had only the most-narrow distribution. We're proud to recognize the outstanding work done by independent veterans alongside the exciting new voices in film."
Nominated movies are selected by a committee based on the following criteria: "Original, provocative subject matter, uniqueness of vision, economy of means with particular attention paid to total budget and individual compensation, and percentage of independent financing." For consideration, films must have shown in a commercial theater or screened at one of seven film festivals (the Los Angeles Film Festival, New Directors/New Films, New York, Seattle, Sundance, Telluride, or Toronto).
The winners will be chosen by IFP members and the Spirit Awards will air on IFC at 5 p.m. on February 26th, the day before the Academy Awards.
COMPLETE LIST OF NOMINEES (information provided by IFP/Los Angeles):
BEST FEATURE (Award given to the Producer)
* Executive Producers are not listed.
"Baadasssss!," Producer: Mario Van Peebles
"Kinsey," Producer: Gail Mutrux
"Maria Full of Grace," Producer: Paul Mezey
"Primer," Producer: Shane Carruth
"Sideways," Producer: Michael London
Shane Carruth, "Primer"
Joshua Marston, "Maria Full of Grace"
Alexander Payne, "Sideways"
Walter Salles, "The Motorcycle Diaries"
Mario Van Peebles, "Baadasssss!"
"Baadasssss!," Writers: Mario Van Peebles & Dennis
"Before Sunset," Writers: Richard Linklater, Julie
Delpy, Ethan Hawke
"The Door in the Floor," Writer: Tod Williams
"Kinsey," Writer: Bill Condon
"Sideways," Writers: Alexander Payne & Jim
BEST FIRST FEATURE (Award given to the Director and Producer)
"Brother to Brother," Director: Rodney Evans
Producers: Rodney Evans, Jim McKay, Isen Robbins, and
"Garden State," Director: Zach Braff
Producers: Pamela Abdy, Gary Gilbert, Dan Halsted, and
"Napoleon Dynamite," Director: Jared Hess
Producers: Jeremy Coon, Sean C. Covel, and Chris
"Saints and Soldiers," Director: Ryan Little
Producers: Adam Abel and Ryan Little
"The Woodsman," Director: Nicole Kassell
Producer: Lee Daniels
BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY
"Brother to Brother," Writer: Rodney Evans
"Garden State," Writer: Zach Braff
"Maria Full of Grace," Writer: Joshua Marston
"Primer," Writer: Shane Carruth
"Robbing Peter," Writer: Mario F. de la Vega
JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD (Given to the best feature made for
$500,000; Award given to the writer, director, and producer)
* Executive Producers are not listed.
"Down to the Bone"
Director: Debra Granik
Writers: Debra Granik and Richard Lieske
Producers: Susan Leber, Anne Rosellini
Writer/Director: Jacob Aaron Estes
Producers: Susan Johnson, Rick Rosenthal, Hagai
"On the Outs"
Directors: Lori Silverbush and Michael Skolnik
Writer: Lori Silverbush
Producers: Lori Silverbush, Michael Skolnik
Writer/Director: Mario F. de la Vega
Producers: T. Todd Flinchum, Lisa Y. Garibay, and Mario F.
de la Vega
Writer/Director: Ferenc Toth
Producers: Sean Bachrodt, Seth Eisman, Chachi Senior,
and Ferenc Toth
BEST DEBUT PERFORMANCE (Actors in their first significant role in
a feature film)
Anthony Mackie, "Brother to Brother"
Louie Olivos, Jr., "Robbing Peter"
Hannah Pilkes, "The Woodsman"
Rodrigo de la Serna, "The Motorcycle Diaries"
David Sullivan, "Primer"
BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE
Cate Blanchett, "Coffee and Cigarettes"
Loretta Devine, "Woman Thou Art Loosed"
Virginia Madsen, "Sideways"
Robin Simmons, "Robbing Peter"
Yenny Paola Vega, "Maria Full of Grace"
BEST SUPPORTING MALE
Thomas Haden Church, "Sideways"
Jon Gries, "Napoleon Dynamite"
Aidan Quinn, "Cavedweller"
Roger Robinson, "Brother to Brother"
Peter Sarsgaard, "Kinsey"
BEST FEMALE LEAD
Kimberly Elise, "Woman Thou Art Loosed"
Vera Farmiga, "Down to the Bone"
Judy Marte, "On the Outs"
Catalina Sandino Moreno, "Maria Full of Grace"
Kyra Sedgwick, "Cavedweller"
BEST MALE LEAD
Kevin Bacon, "The Woodsman"
Jeff Bridges, "The Door in the Floor"
Jamie Foxx, "Redemption"
Paul Giamatti, "Sideways"
Liam Neeson, "Kinsey"
"Dandelion," Tim Orr
"The Motorcycle Diaries," Eric Gautier
"Redemption," David Greene
"Saints and Soldiers," Ryan Little
"We Don't Live Here Anymore," Maryse Alberti
BEST FOREIGN FILM (Award given to the Director)
"Bad Education" - Spain, Director: Pedro
"Oasis" - South Korea, Director: Lee Chang-Dong
"Red Lights" - France, Director: Cédric Kahn
"The Sea Inside" - Spain, Director: Alejandro
"Yesterday" - South Africa, Director: Darrell James Roodt
BEST DOCUMENTARY (Award given to the Director)
"Bright Leaves," Director: Ross McElwee
"Chisholm '72: Unbought & Unbossed," Director: Shola
"Hiding and Seeking: Faith and Tolerance After the Holocaust,"
Directors: Menachem Daum and Oren Rudavsky
"Metallica: Some Kind of Monster," Directors: Joe Berlinger
& Bruce Sinofsky
"Tarnation," Director: Jonathan Caouette
Ensemble Cast: "Mean Creek"
Rory Culkin, Ryan Kelley, Scott Mechlowicz, Trevor
Morgan, Josh Peck, Carly Schroeder
Turning Leaf Someone to Watch Award
Jem Cohen, director of "Chain"
Bryan Poyser, director of "Dear Pillow"
Jennifer Reeves, director of "The Time We Killed"
DIRECTV/IFC Truer Than Fiction Award
Zana Briski and Ross Kauffman for "Born Into
Shola Lynch for "Chisholm '72: Unbought & Unbossed"
Jehane Noujaim for "Control Room"
Carlos Sandoval and Catherine Tambini for
Bravo/American Express Producers Award
Gina Kwon, producer of "The Good Girl" and "Me and You
and Everyone We Know"
Danielle Renfrew, producer of "November" and
Sean C. Covel and Chris Wyatt, producers of "Napoleon
Dynamite" and "Think Tank"