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‘Sleep With Anger’ Enjoys Indie Noms

“To Sleep With Anger,” a Samuel Goldwyn Co. release, garnered eight nominations to pace the sixth annual independent feature awards, to be presented by the Independent Film Project/West. The voting results of IFP’s 4,000 members will be announced at a Beverly Hills Hotel luncheon March 23, two days before the Academy Awards.

Oliver Stone, a past IFP best director winner for “Platoon,” has been designated the first IFP Awards honorary chairman.

Edward R. Pressman (“To Sleep With Anger” and “Reversal Of Fortune”) and producer-director Jon Jost (“All The Vermeers In New York”) will each receive the new John Cassavetes Award.

Buck Henry will emcee for the sixth successive year.

“Findies” (Friend of Independents Awards) will go to support services supplied by distributors, exhibitors and others.

Eastman Kodak and Panavision fund the award ceremonies.

On IFP/W’s nominating committee were chairman Kirby Dick, Norma Yonemoto, Ella Taylor, Midge Sanford, Peter Broderick, Vicki Thomas and Geoff Gilmore.

The complete list of nominations follows:

Feature: “The Grifters” (producers, Martin Scorsese, Robert Harris, James Painten, Miramax); “Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer” (producers, John McNaughton, Lisa Dedmond, Filmcat); “The Plot Against Harry” (producers, Robert Young, New Yorker); “Pump Up The Volume” (producers, Caldecott Chubb, Thomas Byrnes, Darin Scott, New Line)

First feature: “House Party” (director, Reginald Hudlin; producer, Warrington Hudlin, New Line); “Lightning Over Braddock” (producer-director, Tony Buba, Zeitgeist); “Metropolitan” (producer-director, Whit Stillman, New Line); “The Natural History Of Parking Lots” (director, Everett Lewis; producer, Aziz Ghazal, Strand); “Twister” (director, Michael Almereyda; producer, Wieland Schulz-Keil, Filmcat)

Director: Charles Burnett (“To Sleep With Anger,” Samuel Goldwyn Co.); Reginald Hudlin (“House Party”); John McNaughton (“Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer”); Allan Moyle (“Pump Up The Volume”); Michael Roemer (“The Plot Against Harry”)

Screenplay: Charles Burnett (“To Sleep With Anger”); John McNaughton, Richard Fire (“Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer”); Allan Moyle (“Pump Up The Volume”); Michael Roemer (“The Plot Against Harry”); Whit Stillman (“Metropolitan”)

Cinematographer: Bojan Bazelli (“King Of New York,” New Line); Peter Deming (“House Party”); Fred Elmes (“Wild At Heart,” Samuel Goldwyn Co.); Amir Mokri (“Life Is Cheap…But Toilet Paper Is Expensive,” Silverlight); Robert Young (“The Plot Against Harry”)

Actor: Danny Glover (“To Sleep With Anger”); Martin Priest (“The Plot Against Harry”); Chris Reid (“House Party”); Michael Rooker (“Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer”); Christian Slater (“Pump Up The Volume”)

Actress: Mary Alice (“To Sleep With Anger”); Eszter Balint (“Bail Jumper,” Angelika); Carolyn Farina (“Metropolitan,” New Line); Anjelica Huston (“The Grifters”); Joanne Woodward (“Mr. & Mrs. Bridge,” Miramax)

Supporting actor: Willem Dafoe (“Wild At Heart”); Bruce Davison (“Longtime Companion,” Samuel Goldwyn Co.); Robin Harris (“House Party”); Ben Lang (“The Plot Against Harry”); Tom Towles (“Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer”)

Supporting actress: Tracy Arnold (“Henry. Portrait Of A Serial Killer”); Ethel Ayler (“To Sleep With Anger”); Tisha Campbell (“House Party”); Sheryl Lee Ralph (“To Sleep With Anger”)

Foreign film: “Black Rain,” director Shohei Imamura, Angelika); “City Of Sadness,” director Hou Hsiao-hsien, no distributor); “The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover,” director Peter Greenaway, Miramax);” Freeze – Die – Come To Life,” director Vitali Kanevski, IFEX); “Sweetie,” director Jane Campion, Avenue)

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