Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Awards Watch 2009: And We're Off!

The 2009 movie awards season officially began today with the announcement of the nominees for the 25th Film Independent Spirit Awards. The Last Station and Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire led the nominations with five each, including nods in the Best Feature category, where they are joined by Amreeka, (500) Days of Summer and Sin Nombre.

Tom Ford's A Single Man was recognized in the First Feature race, as well as nods for leading man Colin Firth and First Screenplay. Other out nominees include Precious director Lee Daniels, Amreeka screenwriter Cherien Dabis and Sebastián Silva for Foreign Film nominee The Maid.


Also revealed today were the nominations for the 37th Annual Annie Awards, honoring the year's best animation. Henry Selick's Coraline leads the field with 10 nominations, closely followed by Pixar's Up and Disney's The Princess and the Frog, with 9 and 8 nods each. In addition to these three, the Best Animated Feature category also includes Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, Fantastic Mr. Fox and The Secret of Kells.

The Annies will be handed out on February 6, followed by the Indie Spirit Awards on March 5 (broadcast live on the Independent Film Channel). For a quick list at all the feature film nominees, see the comments section below.

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  1. Independent Spirit Awards:

    Feature Film:
    Amreeka
    (500) Days of Summer
    The Last Station
    Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
    Sin Nombre

    First Feature:
    Crazy Heart
    Easier With Practice
    Paranormal Activity
    The Messenger
    A Single Man

    Male Lead:
    Jeff Bridges in Crazy Heart
    Colin Firth in A Single Man
    Joseph Gordon-Levitt in (500) Days of Summer
    Souléymane Sy Savané in Goodbye Solo
    Adam Scott in The Vicious Kind

    Female Lead:
    Maria Bello in Downloading Nancy
    Nisreen Faour in Amreeka
    Helen Mirren in The Last Station
    Gwyneth Paltrow in Two Lovers
    Gabourey Sidibe in Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire

    Supporting Male:
    Jemaine Clement in Gentleman Broncos
    Woody Harrelson in The Messenger
    Christian McKay in Me and Orson Welles
    Raymond McKinnon in That Evening Sun
    Christopher Plummer in The Last Station

    Supporting Female:
    Dina Korzun in Cold Souls
    Mo’Nique in Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
    Samantha Morton in The Messenger
    Natalie Press in Fifty Dead Men Walking
    Mia Wasikowska in That Evening Sun

    Director:
    Ethan Coen, Joel Coen for A Serious Man
    Lee Daniels for Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
    Cary Joji Fukunaga for Sin Nombre
    James Gray for Two Lovers
    Michael Hoffman for The Last Station

    Screenplay:
    Adventureland
    (500) Days of Summer
    The Last Station
    The Messenger
    The Vicious Kind

    First Screenplay:
    Amreeka
    Cold Souls
    Crazy Heart
    Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
    A Single Man

    Cinematography:
    Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans
    Cold Souls
    A Serious Man
    Sin Nombre
    Treeless Mountain

    Foreign Film:
    An Education
    Everlasting Moments
    The Maid
    Mother
    A Prophet

    Documentary:
    Anvil: The Story of Anvil
    Food, Inc.
    More Than a Game
    October Country
    Which Way Home

    John Cassavetes Award:
    Big Fan
    Humpday
    The New Year Parade
    Treeless Mountain
    Zero Bridge

    Truer Than Fiction Award:
    Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo
    El General
    45365

    Acura Someone to Watch Award:
    Easier With Practice
    Redland
    Zero Bridge

    Robert Altman Award:
    A Serious Man

    Piaget Producers Award:
    Karin Chien, ("The Exploding Girl," "Santa Mesa")
    Larry Fessenden, ("I Sell the Dead," "The House of the Devil")
    Dia Sokol, ("Beeswax," "Nights & Weekends")

    *****

    Annie Awards:

    Animated Feature:
    Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
    Coraline
    Fantastic Mr. Fox
    The Princess and the Frog
    The Secret of Kells
    Up

    Directing in an Animated Feature:
    Wes Anderson for Fantastic Mr. Fox
    Pete Docter for Up
    Christopher Miller, Phil Lord for Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
    Hayao Miyazaki for Ponyo
    Henry Selick for Coraline

    Voice Acting in an Animated Feature:
    Jen Cody in The Princess and the Frog
    Dawn French in Coraline
    Hugh Laurie in Monsters vs. Aliens
    John Leguizamo in Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaur
    Jenifer Lewis in The Princess and the Frog

    Character Animation:
    Coraline
    The Princess and the Frog (3)
    Up

    Writing in an Animated Feature:
    Astro Boy
    Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
    Fantastic Mr. Fox
    Up

    Storyboarding in an Animated Feature:
    Astro Boy
    Coraline
    Monsters vs. Aliens
    Up (2)

    Production Design in an Animated Feature:
    Coraline (2)
    The Princess and the Frog
    9

    Character Design in an Animated Feature:
    Coraline (2)
    Up

    Music in an Animated Feature:
    Coraline
    Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
    Ponyo
    Up

    Animated Effects:
    Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
    Monsters vs. Aliens
    9
    The Princess and the Frog
    Up

    Animated Short Subject:
    Pups of Liberty
    "Robot Chicken: Star Wars 2.5"
    Santa, The Fascist Years
    The Rooster, the Crocodile and the Night Sky
    The Story of Walls

    Winsor McCay Award: Tim Burton, Bruce Timm, Jeffrey Katzenberg

    June Foray Award: Tom Sito

    Ub Iwerks Award: William T. Reeves

    Special Achievement: Martin Meunier and Brian McLean

    Certificate of Merit: Myles Mikulic, Danny Young and Michael Woodside

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