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2011 Independent Spirit Awards Nominations

2011 SPIRIT AWARD NOMINATIONS

BEST FEATURE (Award given to the Producer, Executive Producers are not listed)
127 Hours
Producers: Danny Boyle, Christian Colson, John Smithson
Black Swan
Producers: Scott Franklin, Mike Medavoy, Arnold W. Messer, Brian Oliver
Greenberg
Producers: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Scott Rudin
The Kids Are All Right
Producers: Gary Gilbert, Philippe Hellmann, Jordan Horowitz, Jeffrey Levy-Hinte, Celine Rattray, Daniela Taplin Lundberg
Winter’s Bone
Producers: Alix Madigan-Yorkin, Anne Rosellini

BEST DIRECTOR
Darren Aronofsky – Black Swan
Danny Boyle – 127 Hours
Lisa Cholodenko – The Kids Are All Right
Debra Granik – Winter’s Bone
John Cameron Mitchell – Rabbit Hole

BEST SCREENPLAY
Stuart Blumberg, Lisa Cholodenko – The Kids Are All Right
Debra Granik, Anne Rosellini – Winter’s Bone
Nicole Holofcener – Please Give
David Lindsay-Abaire – Rabbit Hole
Todd Solondz – Life During Wartime

BEST FIRST FEATURE (Award given to the director and producer)
Everything Strange and New – Director: Frazer Bradshaw, Producers: A.D. Liano, Laura Techera Francia
Get Low – Director: Aaron Schneider
, Producers: David Gundlach, Dean Zanuck
Night Catches Us – Director: Tanya Hamilton
, Producers: Sean Costello, Jason Orans, Ronald Simons
The Last Exorcism – Director: Daniel Stamm
, Producers: Marc Abraham, Tom Bliss, Eric Newman, Eli Roth
Tiny Furniture – Director: Lena Dunham
, Producers: Kyle Martin, Alicia Van Couvering

BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY
Diane Bell – Obselidia
Lena Dunham – Tiny Furniture
Nik Fackler – Lovely, Still
Bob Glaudini – Jack Goes Boating
Dana Adam Shapiro, Evan M. Wiener – Monogamy

JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD – Given to the best feature made for under $500,000.  Award given to the writer, director, and producer.  Executive Producers are not listed
Daddy Longlegs
Writer/Directors: Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie
Producers: Casey Neistat, Tom Scott
Lbs.
Director: Matthew Bonifacio
Writer/Producers: Matthew Bonifacio, Carmine Famiglietti
Lovers of Hate
Writer/Director: Bryan Poyser
Producer: Megan Gilbride
Obselidia
Writer/Director: Diane Bell
Producers: Chris Byrne, Mathew Medlin
The Exploding Girl
Writer/Director: Bradley Rust Gray
Producers: Karin Chien, Ben Howe, So Yong Kim

BEST FEMALE LEAD
Annette Bening – The Kids Are All Right
Greta Gerwig – Greenberg
Nicole Kidman – Rabbit Hole
Jennifer Lawrence – Winter’s Bone
Natalie Portman – Black Swan
Michelle Williams – Blue Valentine

BEST MALE LEAD
Ronald Bronstein – Daddy Longlegs
Aaron Eckhart – Rabbit Hole
James Franco – 127 Hours
John C. Reilly – Cyrus
Ben Stiller – Greenberg

BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE
Ashley Bell – The Last Exorcism
Dale Dickey – Winter’s Bone
Allison Janney – Life During Wartime
Daphne Rubin-Vega – Jack Goes Boating
Naomi Watts – Mother and Child
BEST SUPPORTING MALE
John Hawkes – Winter’s Bone
Samuel L. Jackson – Mother and Child
Bill Murray – Get Low
John Ortiz – Jack Goes Boating
Mark Ruffalo – The Kids Are All Right

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Adam Kimmel – Never Let Me Go
Matthew Libatique – Black Swan
Jody Lee Lipes – Tiny Furniture
Michael McDonough – Winter’s Bone
Harris Savides – Greenberg

BEST DOCUMENTARY (Award given to the director)
Exit Through the Gift Shop
Director: Banksy
Marwencol
Director: Jeff Malmberg
Restrepo
Directors: Tim Hetherington, Sebastian Junger
Sweetgrass
Directors: Ilisa Barbash, Lucien Castaing-Taylor
Thunder Soul
Director: Mark Landsman

BEST FOREIGN FILM (Award given to the director)
Kisses
(Ireland)
Director: Lance Daly
Mademoiselle Chambon
(France)
Director: Stéphane Brizé
Of Gods and Men
(Morocco)
Director: Xavier Beauvois
The King’s Speech
(United Kingdom)
Director: Tom Hooper
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
(Thailand)
Director: Apichatpong Weerasethakul

ACURA SOMEONE TO WATCH AWARD – The 17th annual Acura Someone to Watch Award recognizes a talented filmmaker of singular vision who has not yet received appropriate recognition.  The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant funded by Acura.
Hossein Keshavarz
Dog Sweat
Laurel Nakadate
The Wolf Knife
Mike Ott
Littlerock

PIAGET PRODUCERS AWARD – The 14th annual Piaget Producers Award honors emerging producers who, despite highly limited resources demonstrate the creativity, tenacity, and vision required to produce quality, independent films.  The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant funded by Piaget.
In-Ah Lee
Au Revoir Taipei
Adele Romanski
The Myth of the American Sleepover
Anish Savjani
Meek’s Cutoff

AVEENO® TRUER THAN FICTION AWARD – The 16th annual AVEENO® Truer Than Fiction Award is presented to an emerging director of non-fiction features who has not yet received significant recognition.  The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant funded by AVEENO®.
Ilisa Barbash, Lucien Castaing-Taylor – Sweetgrass
Jeff Malmberg – Marwencol
Lynn True, Nelson Walker – Summer Pasture

ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD – (Given to one film’s director, casting director, and its ensemble cast)
Please Give
Director: Nicole Holofcener

Casting Director: Jeanne McCarthy

Ensemble Cast: Ann Guilbert, Rebecca Hall, Catherine Keener, Amanda Peet, Oliver Platt, Lois Smith, Sarah Steele

2010 Omie Award Nominees

All right, people. This is the moment you have been waiting since the Academy Award nominations were announced recently. The Omies! Yay! Here are the nominees to receive the nonexistent Oscar that they deserve. You have one vote per category. If you have a nominees that is not on list, you could write in your vote. It will count as a vote for that nominee.  Here are the nominees:

The polls will close on March 5th, the winners will be announced on the next day. Happy voting!


FB Rant: Award Shows Are Becoming Irrelevent

WARNING

The follow rant will contain some coarse language that is directed to anybody associated with televised award seasons and the voting academy in general. Don’t let the kiddies read any further.

I’m having an epiphany. With the current award season in full swing, I am having a heated discussion on my Oscar Watchers groups after the SAG awards. The awards almost repeated the Golden Globes a couple of days before.

I realize the awards show are becoming more irrelevant every year when sub par movies or performances are being rewarded for going outside the box or being more than average. I maybe rambling incoherently in this rant, but bear with me.

During awards show season, the same actors or movies are always hogging the prize for more deserving ones. Personally, I am happy to see Mo’Nique speak eloquently about being recognized for her efforts or Christoph Waltz being thrilled for being exposed a completely new audience of fans.

I have a problem when actors get the “Career prize”. It doesn’t matter what it is. In case of Jeff Bridges, he is basically playing the same role that Mickey Rourke did last year in “The Wrestler”. Rourke didn’t get that much love, but Jeff is because Jeff has been nominated for four Oscars and everybody wants him to win. Is he deserving of the Oscar? Maybe. But like with Al Pacino in “Scent of a Woman”, Morgan Freeman in “Million Dollar Baby”, Sean Penn in “Mystic River” or Martin Scorsese for “The Departed”, they rewarded prizes for the Academy’s screw-ups. I don’t like that.

People have been arguing about the “politicking” and the “campaigning” of certain people or movies. I think the performance should stand alone, not what the studios or the stars want. They should be rewarded for their effort, not how much the studios are paying for trade ads, etc.

The awards have been fawning over Sandra Bullock for “The Blind Side” which I’m not surprised. This is basically what I like to call “The Erin Brockovich Effect”. Just because you put on a blond wig, have crazy accent and tight outfits doesn’t mean that you should get the big prize. I have no qualms against Bullock. I like her, but I don’t think that her performance is Oscar-worthy in my eyes. Others beg to differ.

There was this notion of Bullock being a work horse for so many that she should get some recognition for her body of work. No. I don’t see it that way. She should be rewarded for giving a great performance better Streep’s Julie Child, Mulligan’s innocent schoolgirl, Sidibe’s abused teen mother or Mirren’s neglectful wife. A person’s age, genre of movie, subject matter should immediatel eliminate them for getting an award. If that is the case, don’t nominate them at all.

There is also something about how the blockbusters would haul in all the awards like “Avatar” for Best Picture (Drama) and The Hangover (Comedy) at the Golden Globes. I don’t buy that. A film winning should be determined by money totals. It should be recognized for pure merit. If box office in the only drive forces, then “Avatar” should win along with “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”, “The Hangover”, “Twilight Saga: New Moon”, “The Proposal”, etc.

There is also the notion of the people voting for what’s best ala Mtv, Peoples or Teen Choice awards. Giving awards to some shitty movie like “Twilight”, “High School Musical” or “The Ugly Truth” should give pause that awards shows are a fucking joke. Allowing tweens to vote would kill everything.

I don’t know if the rant made any sense, but I need to get out of my system. I think I am frustrated that good movies are being overlooked for middle-of-road fare. I am becoming disillusioned with these events more and more that I can’t get excited anymore. I guess, I have resigned the fact that awards are pointless, boring, and a waste of time when the same people and movies are winning repeatedly. There is not that surprise factor in years past.

I have said my peace. I hope.

Award Show Analysis: The Critics’ Choice Award Nominees

The Critics’ Choice Awards were just announced. I was very pleased with some of the nominations. I will give you my takes of who the critics will pick and who should win.

(Will win, Should win, Dark Horse)

BEST PICTURE

Nominees:

• Avatar

• An Education

• The Hurt Locker

• Inglourious Basterds

• Invictus

• Nine

• Precious

• A Serious Man

• Up

• Up In The Air

BEST ACTOR

Nominees:

• Jeff Bridges – Crazy Heart

• George Clooney – Up In The Air

• Colin Firth – A Single Man

• Morgan Freeman – Invictus

• Viggo Mortensen – The Road

• Jeremy Renner – The Hurt Locker

BEST ACTRESS

Nominees:

• Emily Blunt – The Young Victoria

• Sandra Bullock – The Blind Side

• Carey Mulligan – An Education

• Saoirse Ronan – The Lovely Bones

• Gabourey Sidibe – Precious

• Meryl Streep – Julie & Julia

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Nominees:

• Matt Damon – Invictus

• Woody Harrelson – The Messenger

• Christian McKay – Me And Orson Welles

• Alfred Molina – An Education

• Stanley Tucci – The Lovely Bones

• Christoph Waltz – Inglourious Basterds

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Nominees:

• Marion Cotillard – Nine

• Vera Farmiga – Up In The Air

• Anna Kendrick – Up In The Air

• Mo’Nique – Precious

• Julianne Moore – A Single Man

• Samantha Morton – The Messenger

BEST YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS

Nominees:

• Jae Head – The Blind Side

• Bailee Madison – Brothers

• Max Records – Where The Wild Things Are

• Saoirse Ronan – The Lovely Bones

• Kodi Smit-McPhee – The Road

BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE

Nominees:

• Inglourious Basterds

• Nine

• Precious

• Star Trek

• Up In The Air

BEST DIRECTING

Nominees:

• Kathryn Bigelow – The Hurt Locker

• James Cameron – Avatar

• Lee Daniels – Precious

• Clint Eastwood – Invictus

• Jason Reitman – Up In The Air

• Quentin Tarantino – Inglourious Basterds

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Nominees:

• Mark Boal – The Hurt Locker

• Joel Coen & Ethan Coen – A Serious Man

• Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber – (500) Days Of Summer

• Bob Peterson, Peter Docter – Up

• Quentin Tarantino – Inglourious Basterds

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Nominees:

• Wes Anderson, Noah Baumbach – Fantastic Mr. Fox

• Neill Blomkamp, Terri Tatchell – District 9

• Geoffrey Fletcher – Precious

• Tom Ford, David Scearce – A Single Man

• Nick Hornby – An Education

• Jason Reitman, Sheldon Turner – Up In The Air

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Nominees:

• The Hurt Locker

• Nine

• Avatar

• The Lovely Bones

• Inglourious Basterds

BEST ART DIRECTION

Nominees:

• A Single Man

• Avatar

• Nine

• The Lovely Bones

• Inglourious Basterds

BEST EDITING

Nominees:

• Up In The Air

• Inglourious Basterds

• The Hurt Locker

• Avatar

• Nine

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

Nominees:

• Nine

• Bright Star

• The Young Victoria

• Inglourious Basterds

• Where The Wild Things Are

BEST MAKEUP

Nominees:

• Avatar

• District 9

• Nine

• The Road

• Star Trek

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Nominees:

• Avatar

• District 9

• The Lovely Bones

• Star Trek

• 2012

BEST SOUND

Nominees:

• Avatar

• District 9

• The Hurt Locker

• Nine

• Star Trek

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

Nominees:

• Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs

• Coraline

• Fantastic Mr. Fox

• Princess And The Frog

• Up

BEST ACTION MOVIE

Nominees:

• Avatar

• District 9

• The Hurt Locker

• Inglourious Basterds

• Star Trek

BEST COMEDY

Nominees:

• (500) Days Of Summer

• The Hangover

• It’s Complicated

• The Proposal

• Zombieland

BEST PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

Nominees:

• Gifted Hands

• Grey Gardens

• Into The Storm

• Taking Chance

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

Nominees:

• Broken Embraces

• Coco Before Chanel

• Red Cliff

• Sin Nombre

• The White Ribbon

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

Nominees:

• Anvil

• Capitalism: A Love Story

• The Cove

• Food, Inc.

• Michael Jackson’s This Is It

BEST SONG

Nominees:

• “All Is Love” – Karen O, Nick Zinner – Where The Wild Things Are

• “Almost There” – Randy Newman – The Princess And The Frog

• “Cinema Italiano” – Maury Yeston – Nine

• “(I Want To) Come Home” – Paul McCartney – Everybody’s Fine

• “The Weary Kind” – T Bone Burnett, Ryan Bingham – Crazy Heart

BEST SCORE

Nominees:

• Michael Giacchino – Up

• Marvin Hamlisch – The Informant!

• Randy Newman – The Princess and the Frog

• Karen O, Carter Burwell – Where The Wild Things Are

• Hans Zimmer – Sherlock Holmes

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