2018 Independent Spirit Awards Nominations

Nominations for the 33rd annual Independent Spirit Awards were announced today.  Call Me by Your Name leads with six nominations. Good Time and Get Out both earned five.

The Best Picture nominations include a few strong Oscar contenders. Call Me by Your Name, The Florida Project, Get Out and Lady Bird are all on the short list of possible Best Picture nominees at the Oscars.

For the last 4 years, the Best Picture winner at the Spirit Awards on to win the Oscar for Best Picture.

2013-12 Years a Slave
2014-Birdman
2015-Spotlight
2016-Moonlight

To be eligible to compete in the Spirit Awards the film has to have a budget no more than $20 million and has to be an American film. The nominees are determined by 3 committees of around 10 people each. The winner is determined by all members of Film Independent. Anyone can become a member for $100 so they have thousands people choosing the winners.

The Indie Spirit Awards will be handed out the day before the Oscars March 3rd in a giant tent on the Santa Monica Beach. It will air live on IFC.

Full list of nominees:

BEST FEATURE
Call Me By Your Name
Get Out
The Florida Project
Lady Bird
The Rider

BEST FIRST FEATURE
Columbus
Ingrid Goes West
Menashe
Oh Lucy
Patty Cake$

JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD
A Ghost Story
Dayveon
Life and Nothing
Most Beautiful Island
Transfiguration

BEST DIRECTOR
Sean Baker – The Florida Project
Jonas Carpignano- A Ciambra
Luca Gudagnino – Call Me By Your Name
Jordan Peele – Get Out
Benny Safdie/Joshua Safdie – Good Time
Chloé Zhao – The Rider

BEST FEMALE LEAD
Salma Hayek – Beatriz at Dinner
Francis McDormand – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Margot Robbie – I, Tonya
Saiorse Ronin – Lady Bird
Shinobu Terajima – Oh Lucy
Regina Williams – Life And Nothing

BEST MALE LEAD
Timothee Chalamet – Call Me By Your Name
Harris Dickinson – Beach Rats
James Franco – The Disaster Artist
Daniel Kaluuya – Get Out
Robert Pattinson – Good Time

BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE
Holly Hunter – The Big Sick
Alison Janney – I, Tonya
Laurie Metcalf – Lady Bird
Lois Smith – Marjorie Prime
Talia Webster – Good Time

BEST SUPPORTING MALE
Nnamdi Asomugha – Crown Heights
Armie Hammer -Call Me By Your Name
Barry Keoghan – Killing of a Sacred Deer
Sam Rockwell – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Ben Safdie – Good Time

BEST SCREENPLAY
Greta Gerwig – Lady Bird
Azazel Jacobs – The Lovers
Martin McDonagh – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Jordan Peele – Get Out
Mike White – Beatriz At Dinner

BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY
Donald Cried
The Big Sick
Woman Who Kill
Columbus
Ingrid Goes West

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
The Killing of a Sacred Deer
Columbus
Beach Rats
Call Me By Your Name
The Rider

BEST EDITING
Good Time
Call Me By Your Name
The Rider
Get Out
I, Tonya

BEST DOCUMENTARY
The Departure
Faces Places
Last Men in Aleppo
Motherland
Quest

BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM
A Fantastic Woman
BPM
Lady Macbeth
Not A Witch
Loveless

ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD
Mudbound

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Producers Guild Documentary Feature Nominees

The Producers Guild of America announced the nominees for its award for Outstanding Producer of a Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures.

The nominees are:

Chasing Coral
City of Ghosts
Cries From Syria
Earth: One Amazing Day
Jane
Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower
The Newspaperman: The Life and Times of Ben Bradlee

Last years winner, O.J.: Made in America, went on to win the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature. There is a good chance one of the films nominated this year will do the same with Jane or Cries From Syria being the frontrunners.

The winner will be announced on January 20th at the PGA Awards.

Nominations in the PGA’s theatrical feature, animated film and television categories will be announced January 5th.

NAACP Image Awards Nominations

The nominations for the 49th NAACP Image Awards were announced today. Marshall, Get Out and Girls Trip each received the most nominations at 5.

The 2018 Image Awards will air live on TV One on Monday, Jan. 15, 2018 at 9 p.m. ET.

Full list of film nominations:

Outstanding Motion Picture
“Detroit” (Annapurna Pictures)
“Get Out” (Universal Pictures)
“Girls Trip” (Universal Pictures)
“Marshall” (Open Road Films)
“Roman J. Israel, Esq.” (Sony Pictures Entertainment)

Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture
Dee Rees – “Mudbound” (Netflix)
Jordan Peele – “Get Out” (Universal Pictures)
Malcolm D. Lee – “Girls Trip” (Universal Pictures)
Reginald Hudlin – “Marshall” (Open Road Films)
Stella Meghie – “Everything, Everything” (Warner Bros. Pictures / Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures)

Entertainer of the Year
Ava DuVernay
Bruno Mars
Chadwick Boseman
Chance the Rapper
Issa Rae
JAY-Z

Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
Algee Smith – “Detroit” (Annapurna Pictures)
Chadwick Boseman – “Marshall” (Open Road Films)
Daniel Kaluuya – “Get Out” (Universal Pictures)
Denzel Washington – “Roman J. Israel, Esq.” (Columbia Pictures)
Idris Elba – “The Mountain Between Us” (20th Century Fox)

Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
Amandla Stenberg – “Everything, Everything” (Warner Bros. Pictures / Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures)
Danai Gurira – “All Eyez on Me” (Summit Entertainment)
Halle Berry – “Kidnap” (Aviron Pictures)
Natalie Paul – “Crown Heights” (Amazon Studios)
Octavia Spencer – “Gifted” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Idris Elba – “THOR: Ragnarok” (Marvel Studios)
Laurence Fishburne – “Last Flag Flying” (Amazon Studios)
Lil Rel Howery – “Get Out” (Universal Pictures)
Nnamdi Asomugha – “Crown Heights” (Amazon Studios)
Sterling K. Brown – “Marshall” (Open Road Films)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Audra McDonald – “Beauty and the Beast” (Walt Disney Studio Motion Pictures)
Keesha Sharp – “Marshall” (Open Road Films)
Regina Hall – “Girls Trip” (Universal Pictures)
Tessa Thompson – “THOR: Ragnarok” (Marvel Studios)
Tiffany Haddish – “Girls Trip” (Universal Pictures)

Outstanding Independent Motion Picture
“Detroit” (Annapurna Pictures)
“Last Flag Flying” (Amazon Studios)
“Mudbound” (Netflix)
“Professor Marston and the Wonder Women” (Annapurna Pictures)
“Wind River” (Acacia Filmed Entertainment)

Outstanding Documentary (Film)
“I Called Him Morgan” (Submarine Deluxe/Filmrise)
“STEP” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
“Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities” (Firelight Films)
“The Rape of Recy Taylor” (Augusta Films)
“Whose Streets?” (Magnolia Pictures)

Television nominations can be found here.

The Greatest Showman Not Competing for Best Picture

Despite all of the workings for a Best Picture nomination, 20th Century Fox is not pushing The Greatest Showman for an Oscar. This is good news to me. I have no interest in being forced to sit through another musical. The trailer has well over 2 million views. Some are surely excited about this.

Hugh Jackman is P.T Barnum in The Greatest Showman. Barnum founded the Ringling Brothers Circus and the film boasts a cast that includes Michelle Williams, Rebecca Ferguson, Zac Efron and Zendaya. The music comes from Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, the musical minds behind La La Land.

DVD Screeners Begin Arriving to Academy Members

The first DVD screener to be sent put this year was Logan. The lastest in the X-Men franchise. They are hoping for a Best Supporting nomination for Patrick Stewart. Then came Norman: Rise and Fall of a New York Fixer, with Richard Gere who has never been nominated.

Hoping to get some Oscar attention, Netflix and Amazon sent out 3 screeners. Netflix has The Meyerowitz Stories, Okja and War Machine. Amazon sent out City of Ghosts, Human Flow and Long, Strange Trip.

Universal recently sent put Split, M. Night Shyamalan‘s follow-up to Unbreakable. Along with Despicable Me 3. Other screeners sent out include, Wonder Woman and The LEGO Batman Movie.

The pace will pick up right before Thanksgiving as the studios hope that Academy voters will use their free time during the holidays to watch their films. They receive hundreds of screeners. Very few if any watch them all. The key is to get the Academy members to notice your film and watch it.

26 Films Compete for Best Animated Feature Oscar

Twenty-six films have been submitted for consideration in the Animated Feature Film category for the Academy Awards.

The submitted films must meet the theatrical release requirements and comply with all of other rules before they can advance in the voting process. If more than 16 movies qualify, there will be 5 nominees. Less than 16 and there will be 3 nominees.

Full list of competing animated films:

-The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales
-Birdboy: The Forgotten Children
-The Boss Baby
-The Breadwinner
-Captain Underpants The First Epic Movie
-Cars 3
-Cinderella the Cat
-Coco
-Despicable Me 3
-The Emoji Movie
-Ethel & Ernest
-Ferdinand
-The Girl without Hands
-In This Corner of the World
-The Lego Batman Movie
-The Lego Ninjago Movie
-Loving Vincent
-Mary and the Witch’s Flower
-Moomins and the Winter Wonderland
-My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea
-Napping Princess
-A Silent Voice
-Smurfs: The Lost Village
-The Star
-Sword Art Online: The Movie – Ordinal Scale
-Window Horses The Poetic Persian Epiphany of Rosie Ming