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Fox Searchlight’s “Birdman” led the way in nominations with six for the 30th Film Independent Spirit Awards followed by five each for “Boyhood,” “Nightcrawler” and “Selma.”

“Birdman” received noms for best feature, actor for Michael Keaton, director Alejandro G. Inarritu, supporting actress Emma Stone, supporting actor Edward Norton and cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki. Producers on “Birdman” — the story of a fading movie star attempting a stage play — are Inarritu, John Lesher, Arnon Milchan and James W. Skotchdopole.

Besides “Birdman,” the other best feature  nominations went to “Boyhood,” “Love Is Strange,” “Selma” and “Whiplash.”

“Love Is Strange” and “Whiplash” received four noms each while “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night” and “A Most Violent Year” took three each.

The best actress noms went to Julianne Moore for “Still Alice,” Jenny Slate for “Obvious Child,” Tilda Swinton for “Only Lovers Left Alive,” Marion Cotillard for “The Immigrant” and Rinko Kikuchi for “Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter.” It was the only Spirit nomination for “Still Alice”; the other four films took two nods each.

Besides Keaton, best actor nods went to Andre Benjamin for “All Is By My Side,” Jake Gyllenhaal for “Nightcrawler,” John Lithgow for “Love Is Strange” and Daivid Oyelowo for “Selma.”

Four of the director nominations matched the best feature nominations for “Birdman” with Inarritu, Ava DuVernay for “Selma,” Richard Linklater for “Boyhood” and Damien Chazelle for “Whiplash.” David Zellner took the final slot for “Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter.”

The noms were announced by Rosario Dawson and Diego Luna at the W Hotel in Hollywood. The winners will be announced Feb. 21 — the day before the Oscars — in ceremonies at the usual location in a white tent on Santa Monica Beach.

The show will be telecast on IFC.

Film budgets must not exceed $20 million to be eligible for the Spirit Awards, which ruled out “Foxcatcher,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and “Inherent Vice.” However,
Film Independent announced Tuesday that it had selected the  cast and creative team behind “Foxcatcher” for a Special Distinction Award and given its Robert Altman Award to the director, cast and casting director of “Inherent Vice.”

Additionally, it’s required that there be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident in two of three categories: director, writer and producer.

The nominations were selected from 341 submissions by 40 experts tapped by Film Independent while the winners will be decided by the membership of film Independent.

“12 Years a Slave” won the Best Feature award this year, a day before it won the Best Picture Oscar. All four Spirit acting winners also won Oscars:  Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto (“Dallas Buyers Club”), Cate Blanchett (“Blue Jasmine”) and Lupita Nyongo (“12 Years a Slave”).

Sony Classics achieved bragging rights for most titles with 14, including four each for “Love Is Strange” and “Whiplash,” two for “Only Lovers Left Alive” and single nods for “Land Ho!,” “Leviathan,” “The Salt of the Earth” and “Still Alice.”

Two distribs scored six titles each — A 24 with three for “A Most Violent Year,” two for “Obvious Child” and one for “Under the Skin”; and Fox Searchlight, all for “Birdman.”

“Boyhood” is the top grosser among the five best feature nominees with $43 million worldwide, followed by $14.6 million domestically for “Birdman.”


(Award given to the producer. Executive producers are not awarded.)
“Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”
Producers: Alejandro G. Iñárritu, John Lesher, Arnon Milchan, James W. Skotchdopole
Producers: Richard Linklater, Jonathan Sehring, John Sloss, Cathleen Sutherland
“Love Is Strange”
Producers: Lucas Joaquin, Lars Knudsen, Ira Sachs, Jayne Baron Sherman, Jay Van Hoy
Producers: Christian Colson, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Oprah Winfrey
Producers: Jason Blum, Helen Estabrook, David Lancaster, Michael Litvak

Damien Chazelle
Ava DuVernay
Alejandro G. Iñárritu
“Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”
Richard Linklater
David Zellner
“Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter”

Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski
“Big Eyes”
J.C. Chandor
“A Most Violent Year”
Dan Gilroy
Jim Jarmusch
“Only Lovers Left Alive”
Ira Sachs & Mauricio Zacharias
“Love Is Strange”

BEST FIRST FEATURE (Award given to the director and producer)
“A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night”
Director: Ana Lily Amirpour
Producers: Justin Begnaud, Sina Sayyah
“Dear White People”
Director-producer: Justin Simien
Producers: Effie T. Brown, Ann Le, Julia Lebedev, Angel Lopez, Lena Waithe
Director: Dan Gilroy
Producers: Jennifer Fox, Tony Gilroy, Jake Gyllenhaal, David Lancaster, Michel Litvak
“Obvious Child”
Director: Gillian Robespierre
Producer: Elisabeth Holm
“She’s Lost Control”
Director-producer: Anja Marquardt
Producers: Mollye Asher, Kiara C. Jones

Desiree Akhavan
“Appropriate Behavior”
Sara Colangelo
“Little Accidents”
Justin Lader
“The One I Love”
Anja Marquardt
“She’s Lost Control”
Justin Simien
“Dear White People”

JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD – Given to the best feature made for under $500,000. Award given to the writer, director and producer. Executive producers are not awarded.
“Blue Ruin”
Writer-director: Jeremy Saulnier
Producers: Richard Peete, Vincent Savino, Anish Savjani
“It Felt Like Love”
Writer-director-producer: Eliza Hittman
Producers: Shrihari Sathe, Laura Wagner
“Land Ho!”
Writers-directors: Aaron Katz & Martha Stephens
Producers: Christina Jennings, Mynette Louie, Sara Murphy
“Man From Reno”
Writer-director: Dave Boyle
Writers: Joel Clark, Michael Lerman
Producer: Ko Mori
Writer-director-producer: Chris Mason Johnson
Producer: Chris Martin

Marion Cotillard
“The Immigrant”
Rinko Kikuchi
“Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter”
Julianne Moore
“Still Alice”
Jenny Slate
“Obvious Child”
Tilda Swinton
“Only Lovers Left Alive”

André Benjamin
“Jimi: All Is by My Side”
Jake Gyllenhaal
Michael Keaton
“Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”
John Lithgow
“Love Is Strange”
David Oyelowo

Patricia Arquette
CIO, CTO & Developer Resources
Jessica Chastain
“A Most Violent Year”
Carmen Ejogo
Andrea Suarez Paz
“Stand Clear of the Closing Doors”
Emma Stone
“Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”

Riz Ahmed
Ethan Hawke
Alfred Molina
“Love Is Strange”
Edward Norton
“Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”
J.K. Simmons

Darius Khondji
“The Immigrant”
Emmanuel Lubezki
“Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”
Sean Porter
“It Felt Like Love”
Lyle Vincent
“A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night”
Bradford Young

Sandra Adair
Tom Cross
John Gilroy
Ron Patane
“A Most Violent Year”
Adam Wingard
“The Guest”

DOCUMENTARY (Award given to the director and producer)
“20,000 Days on Earth”
Directors: Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard
Producers: Dan Bowen, James Wilson
Director-producer: Laura Poitras
Producers: Mathilde Bonnefoy, Dirk Wilutzky
“Stray Dog”
Director: Debra Granik
Producer: Anne Rosellini
“The Salt of the Earth”
Directors: Juliano Ribeiro Salgado and Wim Wenders
Producer: David Rosier
Director-producer: Orlando von Einsiedel
Producer: Joanna Natasegara

INTERNATIONAL FILM (Award given to the director)
“Force Majeure”
Director: Ruben Östlund
Director: Pawel Pawlikowski
Director: Andrey Zvyagintsev
Director: Xavier Dolan
Norte, the End of History
Director: Lav Diaz
Under the Skin
(United Kingdom)
Director: Jonathan Glazer

ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD – (Given to one film’s director, casting director and ensemble cast)
Inherent Vice
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Casting Director: Cassandra Kulukundis
Ensemble Cast: Josh Brolin, Martin Donovan, Jena Malone, Joanna Newsom, Joaquin Phoenix, Eric Roberts, Maya Rudolph, Martin Short Serena Scott Thomas, Benicio Del Toro, Katherine Waterston, Michael Kenneth Williams, Owen Wilson, Reese Witherspoon

Director/Producer: Bennett Miller
Producers: Anthony Bregman, Megan Ellison, Jon Kilik
Writers: E. Max Frye, Dan Futterman
Actors: Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo, Channing Tatum

18th ANNUAL PIAGET PRODUCERS AWARD – The 18th annual Producers Award, sponsored by Piaget, honors emerging producers who, despite highly limited resources, demonstrate the creativity, tenacity and vision required to produce quality, independent films. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant funded by Piaget.
Chad Burris
Elisabeth Holm
Chris Ohlson

21st ANNUAL KIEHL’S SOMEONE TO WATCH AWARD – The 21st annual Someone to Watch Award, sponsored by Kiehl’s Since 1851, recognizes a talented filmmaker of singular vision who has not yet received appropriate recognition. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant funded by Kiehl’s Since 1851.
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
Director: Ana Lily Amirpour
Directors: Rania Attieh & Daniel Garcia
The Retrieval
Director: Chris Eska

20th ANNUAL LENSCRAFTERS TRUER THAN FICTION AWARD – The 20th annual Truer Than Fiction Award, sponsored by LensCrafters is presented to an emerging director of non-fiction features who has not yet received significant recognition. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant funded by LensCrafters.
Approaching the Elephant
Director: Amanda Rose Wilder
Evolution of a Criminal
Director: Darius Clark Monroe
The Kill Team
Director: Dan Krauss
The Last Season
Director: Sara Dosa

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