Independant Film Spirit Awards Nominees


The Film Independent announced their nominees for the Film Independent Spirit Awards. For $95 anyone can become a member and they are eligible to vote. Their mission is to champion the cause of independent film and support a community of artists who embody diversity, innovation and uniqueness of vision. 

This year, Anomalisa, Beasts of No Nation and Tangerine would have a hard time in the Oscar race, but the Spirit Awards give them the recognition that they deserve.

The ceremony takes place Saturday February 27th at 2p PT in a tent on a beach in Santa Monica. Airs later that night on the IFC channel.


Best Feature


Beasts of No Nation






Best Director

Sean Baker, Tangerine

Cary Joji Fukunaga, Beasts of No Nation

Todd Haynes, Carol

Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson, Anomalisa

Tom McCarthy, Spotlight

David Roger Mitchell, It Follows



Best Screenplay


Bone Tomahawk


The End of the Tour




Best Female Lead

Bel Powley, The Diary of a Teenage Girl

Cate Blanchett, Carol

Brie Larson, Room

Rooney Mara, Carol

Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, Tangerine



Best Male Lead

Christopher Abbot, James White

Abraham Attah, Beasts of No Nation

Ben Mendelshon, Mississippi Grind

Jason Segel, End of the Tour

Koudous Seihon, Mediterranean



Best Supporting Female

Robin Bartlet, H.

Marin Ireland, Glass Chin

Jennifer Jason Leigh, Anomalisa

Mya Taylor, Tangerine

Cynthia Nixon, James White



Best Supporting Male

Kevin Corrigan, Results

Paul Dano, Love & Mercy

Idris Elba, Beasts of No Nation

Richard Jenkins, Bone Tomahawk

Michael Shannon, 99 Homes



Best Documentary

Best of Enemies

Heart of a Dog

The Look of Silence


Russian Woodpecker




Best First Feature

The Diary of a Teenage Girl

James White

Manos Sucas


Songs My Brothers Taught Me



Best First Screenplay

The Diary of a Teenage Girl

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl


The Mend




Best Editing

Beasts of No Nation

Heaven Knows What

It Follows





Best Cinematography

Beasts of No Nation


It Follows


Songs My Brothers Taught Me



Best International Film

Embrace of the Serpent



A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence

Son of Saul



John Cassavettes Award


Christmas, Again

Heaven Knows What


Out of My Hand



Robert Altman Award


Kiehl’s Someone to Watch Award

Chloe Zhoa

Felix Thompson

Robert Machoian & Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck

The Revenant Teaser Poster

A teaser poster for THE REVENANT was released this week. Opening in limited theaters on Christmas Day, THE REVENANT goes wide on January 8th. At this point in the race and sight unseen, it’s hard to imagine Leonardo Dicaprio not winning his first Oscar this year. The tea leaves are also pointing towards a best picture nomination. 

THE REVENANT captures a man’s epic adventure of survival and the power of the human spirit.  Hugh Glass (DiCaprio) is attacked by a bear and left for dead by members of his hunting team. With a will survive, he endures unimaginable grief and betrayal. It was directed by last years best director winner Alejandro G. Iñárritu.

Gotham Awards Nominees Announced


The Gotham Awards nominees were announced this morning. The Gotham’s don’t necessarily translate to Oscars, but they do give us an idea of the movies that are gaining momentum going into awards season. Before today, we knew that SPOTLIGHT and CAROL could be contenders, but nothing to back it up. Today both films begin their trek to Oscar night.

The Gotham Awards ceremony will be November 30th at Cipriani Wall Street in downtown Manhattan.

Best Feature
The Diary of a Teenage Girl
Heaven Knows What

Best Documentary
Approaching the Elephant
Cartel Land
Heart of a Dog
Listen to Me Marlon
The Look of Silence

Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award
Desiree Akhavan for Appropriate Behavior
Jonas Carpigano for Mediterranea
Marielle Heller for The Diary of a Teenage Girl
John Magary for The Mend
Josh Mond for James White

Best Screenplay
The Diary of a Teenage Girl
Love & Mercy
While We’re Young

Best Actor
Christopher Abbott in James White
Kevin Corrigan in Results
Paul Dano in Love & Mercy
Peter Sarsgaard in Experimenter
Michael Shannon in 99 Homes

Best Actress
Cate Blanchett in Carol
Blythe Danner in I’ll See You in My Dreams
Brie Larson in Room
Bel Powley in The Diary of a Teenage Girl
Lily Tomlin in Grandma
Kristen Wiig in Welcome to Me

Breakthrough Actor
Rory Culkin in Gabriel
Arielle Holmes in Heaven Knows What
Lola Kirke in Mistress America
Kitana Kiki Rodriguez in Tangerine
Mya Taylor in Tangerine

Chris Rock to Host 2016 Oscars

Chris Rock tweeted today “Look who’s back”.


With 4 months to go the Academy announced today that Chris Rock will host this years Oscars. Rock last hosted in 2005.

If you look back at the last 6 hosts, only one really knocked it out of the park, Ellen DegGeneres. I expect Chris Rock to do the same

2010: Steve Martin, Alec Baldwin
2011: James Franco, Anne Hathaway
2012: Billy Crystal
2013: Seth MacFarlane
2014: Ellen DeGeneres
2015: Neil Patrick Harris
2016: Chris Rock