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The 2009 Independent Spirit Nominations

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | December 1, 2009 | Comments ()

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | December 1, 2009 |


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The 2009 Independent Spirit Nominations were handed out today, and we're duty bound to report them so that you can visualize all the great movies that aren't playing at your local multiplex in Sheboygan. Actually, I don't know what is says about the industry, but some of the choices seem somewhat obscure by even my own indie-friendly tastes. There were a few really great indies this year, but there wasn't a lot of depth, which means it's roughly the same five films nominated for everything, and only three of them got any sort of real exposure outside of NY/LA. But then again, that's what awards like these are for: To highlight films that we're missing. I have some favorites, but I'll keep my mouth shut and just present the nominees. My guess is that, besides Precious, a screenplay nod for (500) Days and an acting nod for Jeff Bridges, you won't be seeing any of the rest of these films come Oscar nomination time.

The envelope please:

BEST FEATURE
500 Days Of Summer
Amreeka
Precious
Sin Nombre
The Last Station

BEST FIRST FEATURE
A Single Man
Crazy Heart
Easier With Practice
Paranormal Activity
The Messenger

BEST DIRECTOR
Ethan Coen & Joel Coen - A Serious Man
Lee Daniels - Precious
Cary Fukunaga - Sin Nombre
James Gray - Two Lovers
Michael Hoffman - The Last Station

BEST MALE LEAD
Jeff Bridges - Crazy Heart
Colin Firth - A Single Man
Joseph Gordon-Levitt - 500 Days Of Summer
Souléymane Sy Savané - Goodbye Solo
Adam Scott - The Vicious Kind

BEST FEMALE LEAD
Maria Bello - Downloading Nancy
Helen Mirren - The Last Station
Gwentyth Paltrow - Two Lovers
Gabourey Sidibe - Precious
Nisreen Faour - Amreeka

BEST SUPPORTING MALE
Jemaine Clement - Gentleman Broncos
Woody Harrelson - The Messenger
Christian McKay - Me and Orson Welles
Raymond McKinnon - That Evening Sun
Christopher Plummer - The Last Station

BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE
Dina Korzun - Cold Souls
Mo'Nique - Precious
Samantha Morton - The Messenger
Natalie Press - Fifty Dead Men Walking
Mia Wasikowska - That Evening Sun

BEST SCREENPLAY
Alessandro Camon & Oren Moverman - The Messenger
Michael Hoffman - The Last Station
Lee Toland Krieger - The Vicious Kind
Greg Mottola - Adventureland
Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber - 500 Days Of Summer

BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY
Sophie Barthes - Cold Souls
Scott Cooper - Crazy Heart
Cherien Dabis - Amreeka
Geoffrey Fletcher - Precious
Tom Ford & David Scearce - A Single Man


BEST DOCUMENTARY
Anvil! The Story of Anvil
Food, Inc.
More Than a Game
October Country
Which Way Home

BEST FOREIGN FILM
A Prophet (France)
An Education (UK/France)
Everlasting Moments (Sweden)
Mother (South Korea)
The Maid (Chile)

JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD
Best feature made for less than $500,000.
Big Fan
Humpday
The New Year Parade
Treeless Mountain
Zero Bridge


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