Monday 19 August 2019

Irish film 'Room' nominated for three Independent Spirit Awards

Jacob Tremblay and Brie Larson in Room
Jacob Tremblay and Brie Larson in Room
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Irish film 'Room' has been nominated for three gongs at the Independent Spirit Awards.

Lenny Abrahamson's films stars Brie Larson as a woman who has been confined to a tiny room for years by her kidnapper, a man by whom she has had a child who has never been outside.

Larson is nominated for Best Female Lead for her performance while Emma Donoghue is up for Best First Screenplay.  Donoghue wrote the novel on which the film is based.  Also, the film is in the running for Best Editing.

Leading the pack, however, is Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara's love story, Carol, which bagged six nominations.

Netflix's first original feature film, Beasts of No Nation, starring Idris Elba received five and Tangerine and Anomalisa received four.

The winners will be announed on February 27th, the day before the Oscars.

Best Feature


Beasts of No Nation





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


Songs My Brothers Taught Me


Best First Screenplay

Jesse Andrews, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Jonas 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 Rodriguez, 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


Best of Enemies

Heart of a Dog

The Look of Silence


The Russian Woodpecker


Best International Film

A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence

Embrace of the Serpent



Son of Saul


Best Cinematography

Beasts of No Nation


It Follows


Songs My Brothers Taught Me


Best Editing

Heaven Knows What

It Follows

Manos Sucias




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


Christmas, Again

Heaven Knows What


Out of My Hand


Robert Altman Award (Best Ensemble)


Kiehl’s Someone to Watch Award

Chloe Zhao

Felix Thompson

Robert Machoian & Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck


Piaget Producers Award

Darren Dean

Mel Eslyn

Rebecca Green and Laura D. Smith

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