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‘Drink’ Gulps 6 Indie Spirit Noms

A crime omnibus, a reflective horror film, two generations sitting down for a series of meals, the witty entourage from the Algonquin and the Woody entourage back stage at the theater comprise the picture nominees of the Independent Feature Project/West 1995 Spirit Awards.

More precisely, they are Miramax Films’ “Pulp Fiction,” New Line Cinema’s “Wes Craven’s New Nightmare,” Samuel Goldwyn Co.’s “Eat Drink Man Woman,” Fine Line Features’ “Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle” and Miramax’s “Bullets Over Broadway.”

“Eat Drink” from Taiwan garnered most nominations for an individual pic with six, including script and direction for Ang Lee. “Pulp” and “Mrs. Parker” were named in five categories, with both also cited for screenplay and direction.

Several months ago the organization announced revised eligibility rules that allowed for a broader definition of the indie arena. It was, in part, to redress the disqualification of Gramercy’s “A Dangerous Woman,” which was yanked from the ballot when t he group was informed it had major studio financing.

“An increasing number of companies have activities that encompass the majors and the indie sector,” noted IFP/W exec director Dawn Hudson.

The major surprise was “Eat Drink Man Woman” which, per rules, qualified as an American indie and therefore not in the foreign film category.

To be considered a U.S. film, Spirit Award regs stipulate that two of the three major creative areas – writer , director, producer – be filled by Americans. Lee is a U.S. citizen. The film was produced by Americans James Schamus (a co-writer with Lee) and Ted Hope.

Two new categories – for debut performance and first screenplay – were added to highlight emerging talent.

The Spirit Awards ceremony will take place March 25.

A complete list of nominees follows:

FEATURE

“Bullets Over Broadway,” producer Robert Greenhut

“Eat Drink Man Woman,” producers Ted Hope, Li Kong Hsu, James Schamus

“Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle,” producer Robert Altman

Pulp Fiction,” producer Lawrence Bender

“Wes Craven’s New Nightmare,” producer Mariannne Maddalena

FIRST FEATURE

“Clean, Shaven,” director Lodge Kerrigan

“Clerks,” director Kevin Smith

“I Like It like That,” director Darnell Martin

“Spanking the Monkey,” director David O. Russell

“Suture,” directors David Siegel, Scott McGehee

DIRECTOR

John Dahl, “Red Rock West”

Ang Lee, “Eat Drink Man Woman”

Roman Polanski, “Death and the Maiden”

Alan Rudolph, “Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle”

Quentin Tarantino, “Pulp Fiction”

FEMALE LEAD

Linda Fiorentino, “The Last Seduction”

Jennifer Jason Leigh, “Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle”

Karen Sillas, “What Happened Was…”

Lauren Velez, “I Like It Like That”

Chien-Lien Wu, “Eat Drink Man Woman”

MALE LEAD

Sihung Lung, “Eat Drink Man Woman”

Samuel L. Jackson, “Pulp Fiction”

William H. Macy, “Oleanna”

Campbell Scott, “Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle”

Jon Seda, “I Like I t Like That”

DEBUT PERFORMANCE

Jeff Anderson, “Clerks”

Jeremy Davis, “Spanking the Monkey”

Sean Nelson, “Fresh”

Alicia Witt, “Fun”

Renee Zellweger, Love & a.45

SUPPORTING FEMALE

V.S. Brodi, “Go Fish”

Carla Gallo, “Spanking the Monkey”

Kelly Lynch, “The Beans of Egypt, Maine”

Brooke Smith, “Vanya on 42nd Street”

Dianne Wiest, “Bullets Over Broadway”

SUPPORTING MALE

Gian Carlo Esposito, “Fresh”

Chazz Palminteri, “Bullets Over Broadway”

Larry Pine, “Vanya on 42nd Street”

Eric Stoltz, “Pulp Fiction”

Nicholas Turturro, “Federal Hill”

SCREENPLAY

“Bullets Over Broadway,” Woody Allen, Doug McGrath

“Eat Drink Man Woman,” Hui-Ling Wang, James Schamus, Ang Lee

“Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle,” Alan Rudolph, Randy Sue Coburn

“Pulp Fiction,” Quentin Tarantino, story: Tarantino, Roger Avary

“Red Rock West,” John Dahl, Rick Dahl

FIRST SCREENPLAY

“Blessing,” Paul Zehrer

“Clerks,” Kevin Smith

“Fun,” James Bosley

Spanking the Monkey,” David O. Russell

“What happened was … ,” Tom Noonan

CINEMATOGRAPHY

Greg Gardiner, “Suture”

Alexander Gruszynski, “I Like It Like That”

Stevan Larner, “The Beans of Egypt Maine”

Jong Lin, “Eat Drink Man Woman”

JohnThomas, “Barcelona”

FOREIGN FILM

“The Blue Kite,” China

“The Boys of St. Vincent,” Canada

“Ladybird Ladybird,” U.K.,/p>

“Red,” Franee/Swiss/Poland

“Thirthy-two Short films About Glenn Gould,” Canada

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