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

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:

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

Ingrid Goes West
Oh Lucy
Patty Cake$

A Ghost Story
Life and Nothing
Most Beautiful Island

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

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

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

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

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

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

Donald Cried
The Big Sick
Woman Who Kill
Ingrid Goes West

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

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

The Departure
Faces Places
Last Men in Aleppo

A Fantastic Woman
Lady Macbeth
Not A Witch



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
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.

I,Tonya Gets Red Band Trailer

The first full trailer for the Tonya Harding bio I, Tonya was released on Wednesday. Directed by Craig Gillespie, the film recounts the life of figure skater Tonya Harding from a rough childhood to what led to violence against Nancy Kerrigan.

I, Tonya premiered in Toronto to rave reviews. It is currently at 91% on Rotten Tomatoes. It is on the shortlist of possible Best Picture nominees. Allison Janney plays Tonya’s angry mother and appears to be a lock for a Best Supporting Actress nomination.

I, Tonya hits theaters on December 8th.

First Look at Best Picture 2017

Last year at this time La La Land was the frontrunner for Best Picture. Moonlight and Manchester by the Sea were close behind, but it was still all about La La Land. As soon as a film is labeled a front runner the take down begins. As the season went on people noticed that La La Land had some issues. A white guy inventing jazz, Ryan Gosling couldn’t sing, Emma Stone’s character had it way too easy before becoming a successful actress and that ending.

This year in October we have no real frontrunner. It’s very unusual to not have a movie that most of, if not all of the Oscar bloggers are predicting to win Best Picture. The closest we have is Dunkirk. It appears to have the most buzz surrounding it right now. We also have Call Me by Your Name (my personal favorite) Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, The Shape of Water, The Florida Project and Darkest Hour. A few of these are bound to get a nomination, but we are still waiting to see a few other like The Post and Phantom Thread.

Will the 4 Gotham Awards nominations for Get Out push it into the Oscar race? Can Wonder Woman get a nomination? Is Battle of the Sexes out of the race? What about the Big Sick? Basically, we don’t know anything at this point. We can only guess what films the Academy might go for. We will know a little more once some of the critics awards are announced beginning at the end of November. It will really start to come together when the major guilds like the PGA, DGA, SAG and ACE announce their nominations. A consensus will build and everything will come into focus.

Here is my first pass at which films could get a Best Picture nomination:

Call Me By Your Name
Darkest Hour
The Shape of Water
The Florida Project
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Lady Bird
Get Out
The Post
I, Tonya

Battle of the Sexes
Phantom Thread
Wonder Woman
Molly’s Game
The Big Sick

2017 Gotham Awards Nominations Announced

The Gotham Awards are the first out of the gate to announce their nominations. This is our first look at which films are going to be part of the movie awards conversation this year.

2012 was the last time that the Best Picture winner did not get either a Gotham nomination or win the Gotham award. 12 Years a Slave was nominated. Birdman, Spotlight, and Moonlight all won the Gotham and then won Best Picture.  The time before that was in 2009 when The Hurt Locker was nominated, won the Gotham and went on to win Best Picture.

This year Get Out received the most nominations with 4.  There has been a lot of speculation about the chances of Get Out being recognized during awards season. Movies released early in the year rarely do, but Get Out is that good.

Happy to see Call Me by Your Name and The Florida Project get recognized.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony on November 27th.

Full List of movie nominations:

Best Feature
Call Me by Your Name
The Florida Project
Get Out
Good Time
I, Tonya

Best Documentary
Ex Libris – The New York Public Library
Rat Film
Strong Island
Whose Streets?
The Work

Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award
Maggie Betts for Novitiate
Greta Gerwig for Lady Bird
Kogonada for Columbus
Jordan Peele for Get Out
Joshua Z Weinstein for Menashe

Best Screenplay
The Big Sick, Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani
Brad’s Status, Mike White
Call Me by Your Name, James Ivory
Columbus, Kogonada
Get Out, Jordan Peele
Lady Bird, Greta Gerwig

Best Actor
Willem Dafoe in The Florida Project
James Franco in The Disaster Artist
Daniel Kaluuya in Get Out
Robert Pattinson in Good Time
Adam Sandler in The Meyerowitz Stories
Harry Dean Stanton in Lucky

Best Actress
Melanie Lynskey in I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore
Haley Lu Richardson in Columbus
Margot Robbie in I, Tonya
Saoirse Ronan in Lady Bird
Lois Smith in Marjorie Prime

Breakthrough Actor
Mary J. Blige in Mudbound
Timothée Chalamet in Call Me by Your Name
Harris Dickinson in Beach Rats
Kelvin Harrison, Jr. in It Comes at Night
Brooklynn Prince in The Florida Project

* The 2017 Best Actor/Best Actress nominating committee also voted to award a special Gotham Jury Award for ensemble performance to Mudbound, The award will go to actors Carey Mulligan, Garrett Hedlund, Jason Clarke, Jason Mitchell, Mary J. Blige, Rob Morgan, and Jonathan Banks.

Oscar Bloggers Disagree About Battle of the Sexes

Sasha Stone at Awards Daily recently wrote about her thoughts on the Oscar race coming out of the Telluride Film Festival. She wrote,

The films that seem very likely to fill up the Best Picture slate, of those that have been seen, I would rank this way:

1 Battle of the Sexes
2 Dunkirk
3 Darkest Hour
4 The Shape of Water
5 Call Me by Your Name
6 Get Out
7 Lady Bird
8 Hostiles
9 Downsizing
10 First They Killed My Father

Battle of the Sexes at number 1? I took this to mean that Stone was currently predicting it as the Oscar front runner. Knowing that Jeff Wells at Hollywood Elsewhere was not a huge fan of the film, I asked him his thoughts?

You can see by the WHAT???? response that he was perplexed. He proceeded to write the following post on Hollywood Elsewhere:

So I either completely misunderstood Stone’s list with Battle of the Sexes as number one or she backpedaled. She posted this on her website the following day:

Someone texted me this morning about a movie I’d written about yesterday, Battle of the Sexes, and how I’d said it COULD win Best Picture, not that it WOULD win Best Picture. The blowback was odd. I think right now from those films we’ve seen already, there are a handful that COULD win: Dunkirk, Darkest Hour, Battle of the Sexes. At this time last year, I left Telluride saying Moonlight COULD win Best Picture, along with La La Land and Manchester by the Sea. COULD win is different from WILL win. The same person who texted me this morning about Battle of the Sexes said the exact same thing about Moonlight last year. Almost word for word.

Now if you were me, what were your reaction to that be? Mean: “don’t you tell me my business again.” Or politely brusque: “Thanks but… no thanks.” Or: “you were wrong last year and have been wrong every year except one so why should I listen to you?” Any of those would probably do. I simply told him that after last year I will no longer listen to people who tell me no. After all, many said Arrival would not be an Oscar thing. How could they possibly know that so early?

Either way Battle of the Sexes is not likely to be a BP nominee. Emma Stone may get another Best Actress nomination, but the competition in the Actress category is full of much stronger performances.

Academy Announces New President

From Panarmenia.net….Cinematographer John Bailey is the new president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, The Associated Press reports.

The organization’s board of governors elected Bailey to a one-year term late Tuesday, August 8. He succeeds Cheryl Boone Isaacs, who has held the post since 2013. Boone Isaacs became a very visible representative of the organization during her tenure, with the #OscarsSoWhite scandal and this year’s best-picture flub. She said earlier this year that she would not seek re-election.

Bailey’s film credits include “American Gigolo,” "The Big Chill,” "Groundhog Day” and “As Good as It Gets.” He has been a film academy governor representing the cinematography branch for 14 years.

The film academy president traditionally appears on the Academy Awards telecast. Next year’s ceremony is the 90th.