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Spirit Awards

Spirit Awards

Here’s a list of this year’s Independent Spirit Award nominations. I’m Not There seems like the frontrunner, while Brangelina must feel cool, as the Hollywood Golden Couple both got nods (Pitt for producing).

Though these things are always incredibly hard to figure out, I’m quite surprised at the following snubs:

-Margot at the Wedding’s screenplay and actress Nicole Kidman
-Not as much love for Before The Devil Knows Youre Dead as I would have expected
-No Laura Linney for The Savages
-No Sam Riley for Control
-Once is only recognized in the Foreign category (is this all its eligible for, though? the rules confuse me)
-Lust, Caution gets acting nods but ISN’T recognized in the Foreign category
-Nothing for Lars and the Real Girl, particularly Ryan Gosling and first screenplay from Nancy Oliver

I assume No Country For Old Men, Into The Wild and There Will Be Blood cost too much to be eligible (the film must have been made for under $20 million), which leaves Juno, I’m Not There, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly and The Savages as main contenders for awards. Its also nice to see the rather large female producer, writer and director representation (they’ll show you, Oscars) with 4 of the best feature nominees having at least one female producer, one of the first features directed by a woman, one of the best director nominees is female, and a lovely HALF of the 10 screenwriting nods are female.

Anyway, even though its like three months away, here’s my predictions for the wins:

Best Feature Film: I’m Not There
Best Director: Julian Schnabel, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Best Male Lead: Frank Langella, Starting Out In The Evening
Best Female Lead: Ellen Page, Juno
Best Supporting Male: Steve Zahn, Rescue Dawn
Best Supporting Female: Cate Blanchett, I’m Not There
Best First Feature: 2 Days in Paris
John Cassavetes Award: Owl and the Sparrow
Best Screenplay: Adrienne Shelley, Waitress
Best First Screenplay: Diablo Cody, Juno
Best Cinematography: Lust, Caution
Best Documentary: Lake of Fire
Best Foreign Film: Persepolis

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