Haynes’ CAROL Leads Independent Spirit Awards Nominees


The Independent Spirit Awards announced the nominees for their 31st annual ceremony today and the six nominations that director Todd Haynes’ Carol received will no doubt amplify the buzz the film is already generating. An adaption of Patricia Highsmith’s novel The Price of Salt, Carol tells the story of two women (Rooney Mara and Cate Blanchett) in 1950s Manhattan who find escape from their conventional lives in a relationship.

Director Cary Fukunaga’s disturbing tale of child soldiers in a war-torn, unnamed African country, Beasts Of No Nation, earned five nominations. The film was released day-and-date theatrically and through Netflix and is another feather in the streaming service’s cap as it continues to expand its output of original content.

Charlie Kaufman’s stop-motion Anomalisa and the transgender comedy Tangerine each scored three nominations a piece.

The Independent Spirit Awards will be handed out the day before the Academy Awards on February 27, 2016.

Here is the complete list of all the nominees –

Best Feature

  • Anomalisa
  • Beasts of No Nation
  • Carol
  • Spotlight
  • Tangerine

Best Director

  • Sean Baker – Tangerine
  • Cary Joji Fukunaga – Beasts of No Nation
  • Todd Haynes – Carol
  • Charlie Kaufman & Duke Johnson – Anomalisa
  • Tom McCarthy – Spotlight
  • David Robert Mitchell – It Follows

Best Screenplay

  • Charlie Kaufman – Anomalisa
  • Donald Margulies – The End of the Tour
  • Phyllis Nagy – Carol
  • Tom McCarthy & Josh Singer – Spotlight
  • S. Craig Zahler – Bone Tomahawk

Best First Feature

  • The Diary of a Teenage Girl
  • James White
  • Manos Sucias
  • Mediterranea
  • Songs My Brothers Taught Me

Best First Screenplay

  • Jesse Andrews – Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
  • Joseph Carpignano – Mediterranea
  • Emma Donoghue – Room
  • Marielle Heller – The Diary of a Teenage Girl
  • John Magary, Russell Harbaugh, Myna Joseph – The Mend

Best Male Lead

  • Christopher Abbott – James White
  • Abraham Attah – Beasts of No Nation
  • Ben Mendelsohn – Mississippi Grind
  • Jason Segel – The End of the Tour
  • Koudous Seihon – Mediterranea

Best Female Lead

  • Cate Blanchett – Carol
  • Brie Larson – Room
  • Rooney Mara – Carol
  • Bel Powley – The Diary of A Teenage Girl
  • Kitana Kiki Rodriquez – Tangerine

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 Supporting Female

  • Robin Bartlett – H.
  • Marin Ireland – Glass Chin
  • Jennifer Jason Leigh – Anomalisa
  • Cynthia Nixon – James White
  • Mya Taylor – Tangerine

Best Documentary

  • (T)error
  • Best of Enemies
  • Heart of Dog
  • The Look of Silence
  • Meru
  • The Russian Woodpecker

Best International Film

  • Embrace the Serpent
  • Girlhood
  • Mustang
  • Son of Saul

Best Cinematography

  • Beasts of No Nation
  • Carol
  • It Follows
  • Meadlowland
  • Songs My Brothers Taught Me

Best Editing

  • Beasts of No Nation
  • Heaven Knows What
  • It Follows
  • Room
  • Spotlight

John Cassavetes Award (Best Feature Under $500,000)

  • Advantageous
  • Christmas, Again
  • Heaven Knows What
  • Krisha
  • Out of My Hand

Robert Altman Award (Best Ensemble)

  • Spotlight

Kiehl’s Someone to Watch Award

  • Chloe Zhoa
  • Felix Thompson
  • Robert Machoian & Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck
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