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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Awards Watch: The Indies

The 2007 award season has officially begun with the announcement this morning of the nominees for Film Independent's Spirit Awards. Honoring the year's best in indie cinema, the awards may not directly influence the Oscars overall, but they can give a boost to potential contenders in the big race.

Best Feature nominees The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, I'm Not There and Juno lead the field with four nominations each (along with The Savages, which was not nominated for the top prize). It was also announced that I'm Not There already scored a trophy, the group's first Robert Altman Award, which will be presented to directing nominee Todd Haynes and his ensemble cast, including supporting nominees Cate Blanchett and Marcus Carl Franklin. Rounding out the top five is A Mighty Heart and Gus Van Sant's Paranoid Park, leaving strong contenders Before the Devil Knows You're Dead and Lust, Caution out in the cold. (At least they got some love in other categories; other notable indies such as Away from Her (too Canadian), Into the Wild (too expensive) and Lars and the Real Girl got zip.)

Heart's Angelina Jolie and Juno's Ellen Page are the frontrunners for Best Actress, but The Savages' Laura Linney, Waitress' Keri Russell and Margot at the Wedding's Nicole Kidman were surprisingly left out, as was Rescue Dawn's Christian Bale for Best Actor; Don Cheadle in Talk to Me and Frank Langella in Starting Out in the Evening lead that category. Additionally, Film Independent apparently has no problem with all the English in The Band's Visit; it is competing in the Foreign Film category, alongside Once and Perseopolis.

The Spirit Awards will be presented February 23 (the night before the Oscars) and broadcast live on the Independent Film Channel. See the comments section below for a quick look at the full list of nominations.

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  1. Feature Film:

    The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
    I'm Not There
    A Mighty Heart
    Paranoid Park

    First Feature:

    2 Days in Paris
    Great World of Sound
    The Lookout
    Rocket Science


    Pedro Castaneda in August Evening
    Don Cheadle in Talk to Me
    Philip Seymour Hoffman in The Savages
    Frank Langella in Starting Out in the Evening
    Tony Leung in Lust, Caution


    Angelina Jolie in A Mighty Heart
    Sienna Miller in Interview
    Ellen Page in Juno
    Parker Posey in Broken English
    Tang Wei in Lust, Caution

    Supporting Actor:

    Chiwetel Ejiofor in Talk to Me
    Marcus Carl Franklin in I'm Not There
    Kene Holliday in Great World of Sound
    Irrfan Khan in The Namesake
    Steve Zahn in Rescue Dawn

    Supporting Actress:

    Cate Blanchett in I'm Not There
    Anna Kendrick in Rocket Science
    Jennifer Jason Leigh in Margot at the Wedding
    Tamara Podemski in Four Sheets to the Wind
    Marisa Tomei in Before the Devil Knows You're Dead


    Todd Haynes for I'm Not There
    Tamara Jenkins for The Savages
    Jason Reitman for Juno
    Julian Schnabel for The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
    Gus Van Sant for Paranoid Park


    The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
    The Savages
    Starting Out in the Evening
    Year of the Dog

    First Screenplay:

    Rocket Science
    Broken English
    Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
    A Mighty Heart


    The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
    Lust, Caution
    The Savages
    Youth Without Youth

    Foreign Film:

    The Band's Visit
    4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days
    Lady Chatterley


    Crazy Love
    Lake of Fire
    Manufactured Landscapes
    The Monastery
    The Prisoner or: How I Planned to Kill Tony Blair

    John Cassavetes Award:

    August Evening
    Owl and the Sparrow
    The Pool
    Quiet City
    Shotgun Stories

    Truer Than Fiction Award:

    Running Stumbled
    The Unforeseen

    Someone to Watch Award:

    Chop Shop

    Robert Altman Award:
    I'm Not There