Independent Film Spirit Award Nominations 2010

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Of all of the major Awards precursors, the Spirit Awards are arguably the most unique. They largely differ in taste from the majority of Awards bodies, but are still considered a major precursor for the Oscars. They are ultimately looked to as a glimpse at what might be this year’s “surprise” nominations. Last year one of the leaders at the Spirit Awards was Frozen River, which at the time was nary on anybody’s radar. Lo and behold the film cropped up as a multiple nominee at the Oscars with actress Melissa Leo and the film’s screenplay getting nods.

So who got the boost this year? The biggest nominees were Precious and The Last Station, with each film receiving 5 nominations each. Obviously Precious can’t be helped or hurt by this announcement, but it could be argued that The Last Station gets a bit of a boost. However, I think the real film that benefits from the Spirit Award nominations is The Messenger, which scored noms in 4 categories including Best Screenplay, Best First Feature, Best Supporting Actress – Samantha Morton, and Best Supporting Actor – Woody Harrelson. The Iraq war drama has been gradually increasing its buzz as it gets more and more precursor attention. The critical reviews are almost unanimously positive and if its precursor support continues to grow, it may pop up in more categories than you expect this Awards season.

It is also worth noting that The Hurt Locker was ineligible for a nomination this year because it was submitted for consideration last year. It received only two nominations last year (Jeremy Renner for lead actor, Anthony Mackie for supporting), but I imagine this year it would have cleaned up.

View the full list of nominations after the jump…

Independent Film Spirit Award Nominations 2010

BEST FEATURE (Award given to the Producer)
500 Days of Summer
Amreeka
Precious
Sin Nombre
The Last Station

BEST DIRECTOR
The Coen Brothers for A Serious Man
Lee Daniels for Precious
Cary Fukunaga for Sin Nombre
James Grey for Two Lovers
Michael Hoffman for The Last Station

BEST FIRST FEATURE (Award given to the director and producer)
A Single Man
Crazy Heart
Easier With Practice
The Messenger
Paranormal Activity

JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD
(Given to the best feature made for under $500,000; award given to the writer, director, and producer)
Big Fan
Humpday
The New Year Parade
Treeless Mountain
Zero Bridge

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

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

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

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

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

BEST SUPPORTING MALE
Jemaine Clements for Gentleman Broncos
Woody Harrelson for The Messenger
Cristian McKay for Me And Orson Welles
Ramon McKinnon for That Evening Sun
Christopher Plummer for The Last Station

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Roger Deakins for A Serious Man
Adriano Goldman for Sin Nombre
Anne Misawa for Treeless Mountain
Andrij Parekh for Cold Souls
Peter Zeitlinger for Bad Lieutenant

BEST DOCUMENTARY (Award given to the director)
Anvil!
Food Inc
More Than a Game
October Country
Which Way Home

BEST FOREIGN FILM (Award given to the director)
A Prophet
An Education
Everlasting Moments
Mother
The Maid

ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD
(Given to one film’s director, casting director, and its ensemble cast)
A Serious Man (Focus)

PRODUCERS AWARD
Karen Chien (The Exploding Girl, Santa Mesa)
Larry Fessenden (I Sell The Dead, The House Of The Devil)
Dia Sokol (Beeswax, Nights & Weekends)

SOMEONE TO WATCH AWARD
Kyle Patrick Alvarez for Easier With Practice
Asiel Norton for Redland
Tariq Tapa for Zero Bridge

TRUER THAN FICTION AWARD
Natalia Almada for El General
Bill Ross, Turner Ross for Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo
Jessica Oreck for 45365

Another bizarre thing about the Spirit Awards is the huge gap between nomination announcements and the awards ceremony. The 25th Anniversary ceremony for the Independent Film Spirit Awards 2010 will be held on Friday, March 5, 2010 – two days prior to the Oscars. They will be presented in Los Angeles and will air live on IFC at 8:00 PM PST / 11:00 PM EST.

[Source: Deadline Hollywood Daily]

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  • loving that Precious was nominated. And I’m also glad that The Messneger and Woody Harrelson was recognized

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