Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Independent Spirit Award Nominations

I always tell myself that I am going to be vigilant about following every single awards guilds and keeping up with predictions, but I always seem to miss one or two. Today the Independent Spirit Award nominations were announced, which are not a great predictor for the Oscars or any other awards in that they are highly selective and the boundaries of eligibility are much broader. The Best Feature list is great, and includes "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly", "I'm Not There", "Juno", "A Mighty Heart", and Gus Van Sant's "Paranoid Park", which does not hit theatres until March of 2008. There is not too much else to say about the nominations, other than the fact that Nicole Kidman ("Margot at the Wedding"), Laura Linney ("The Savages") and Christian Bale ("Rescue Dawn") were all left off the list while other players in their films made the list. I highly disagree with the inclusion of Sienna Miller in the Best Actress category for "Interview". Reading quickly, I assumed that Irrfan Khan was nominated for "A Mighty Heart", which was recognized in other categories, but looking again, I saw that he was nodded for "The Namesake", which is regrettable since he was infintely better in the former film. Also great: "The Lookout" for Best First Feature, "Waitress" for Best Screenplay, and the hilarious inclusion of "Once" in the Best Foreign Film category (Ireland).

Nominations can be found here.

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