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Independent Spirit Awards: Read and Watch All Our Interviews with This Year’s Nominees

Independent Spirit Awards: Read and Watch All Our Interviews with This Year's Nominees

On the heels of yesterday’s Independent Spirits chatter, we’ve rounded up our interviews all of the 2016 nominees, which go all the way back to Sundance in January. Read our analysis of the nominations, which boast more than a few serious Oscar contenders, here.

Best Female Lead

“The Diary of a Teenage Girl” Doesn’t Judge Its Characters, Played by Bel Powley and Alexander Skarsgård (Q&A)

Watch: “Room” Best Actress Contender Brie Larson (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

Watch: Rooney Mara on Loving Cate Blanchett in “Carol,” Owning Lisbeth Salander, and More (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

Best Director

Cary Fukunaga Traveled to the Heart of Darkness with “Beasts of No Nation”

David Robert Mitchell on “It Follows,” STD Anxiety, Childhood Nightmares

Director Tom McCarthy Puts “Spotlight” on Sexually Predatory Catholic Priests

Todd Haynes and Writer Phyllis Nagy Talk “Carol,” Glamorous Stars, Highsmith and More

When Sean Baker Shot “Tangerine” on an iPhone, He Invented a New Cinema

Best Documentary

How Filmmaker Morgan Neville Got Buckley vs. Vidal Doc ‘Best of Enemies’ Made

How Star Climber Jimmy Chin Shot Stunning Mountain Doc “Meru” (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

Laurie Anderson’s ‘Heart of a Dog’ is Aural-Visual Showstopper (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

Watch: Joshua Oppenheimer on Making “The Look of Silence” (Exclusive Video)

Best First Feature

Marielle Heller on the Road to “The Diary of a Teenage Girl”

Why a Spike Lee Protégé Shot Drug Trafficking Drama “Manos Sucias” in Colombia

Best First Screenplay

10 Ways the “Room” Filmmakers Wrote Their Own Script for an Oscar Contender

Best Male Lead

Christopher Abbott Breaks Out in “James White”

Watch: Ben Mendelsohn’s Brilliant Career, from “Bloodline” to “Star Wars” (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

Watch: Jason Segel on Playing David Foster Wallace in “The End of the Tour”

Best Supporting Male

The “Love & Mercy” Family Reveal Brian Wilson, Myth and Man

Watch: How Idris Elba Climbed Into the Skin of “Beast of No Nation” Commandant (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

John Cassavetes Award

The Safdie Brothers on Making Verité Drug Drama “Heaven Knows What” with a Real-Life Ex-Junkie

Best International Film

How French Oscar Entry ‘Mustang’ Finds the “Orgasmic” Joy of “Emotional Justice”

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