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Roonwy MARA 2Carol Blanchett 1The most interesting thing to me about the just-announced Indie Spirit Award Nominations is that BOTH Cate Blanchett AND Rooney Mara landed in the Best Actress race. Probably effectively canceling each other out. Both here and at the Oscars.

The Golden Globes have said that Mara is a lead. And she is. Blanchett and she are equal co-leads. And now that the Indie Spirits have followed the GGs placements, I think Blanchett and Mara will repeat this and both land in the Best Actress category at the Oscars come January.

Also, poor “Room.” If ever there was an Indie Spirit film, it was “Room.” It needed to get more than just Brie Larson in Best Actress, which she totally deserves. She’ll win it, and Blanchett and Mara, will, as I said, split the “Carol” vote.

Indie Spirit Awards are for VERY low-budget films that are financed in America. So, like for instance “The Danish Girl” and “Brooklyn” among others were not eligible here. While the shot on an iPhone “Tangerine” about drag queens in LA WAS. And its’ two trans stars WERE nominated, Kitana Kiki Rodriguez is up against Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara and Brie Larson, which I think is some kind of wonderful. Mya Taylor also of “Tangerine” also trans landed in Best Supporting Actress!

Unfortunately, both blonde Supp. Actress wannabees, Elizabeth Banks for “Love and Mercy” and Rachel McAdams for “Spotlight” did not get in, but McAdams of course was included in the Ensemble Award that “Spotlight” was handed just out right. Too bad they don’t have a Best Ensemble Oscar.

However, the SAG(Screen Actors Guild) does, and “Spotlight” will most likely win that award that night. “Spotlight” is generally considered the Oscar front-runner, but “Carol” beat it here. Hmmm…

Below are the list of all the nominees.

BEST PICTURE
“Anomalisa”
“Beasts of No Nation”
“Carol”
“Spotlight”
“Tangerine”

BEST DIRECTOR
Cary Joji Fukunaga, “Beasts of No Nation”
Charlie Kaufman & Duke Johnson, “Anomalisa”
David Robert Mitchell, “It Follows”
Sean Baker, “Tangerine”
Todd Haynes, “Carol”
Tom McCarthy, “Spotlight”

BEST ACTOR
Abraham Attah, “Beasts of No Nation”
Ben Mendelsohn, “Mississippi Grind”
Christopher Abbott, “James White”
Jason Segel, “The End of the Tour”
Kudos Seihon, “Mediterranea”

BEST ACTRESS
Bel Powley, “Diary of a Teenage Girl”
Brie Larson, “Room”
Cate Blanchett, “Carol”
Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, “Tangerine”
Rooney Mara, “Carol”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Idris Elba, “Beasts of No Nation”
Kevin Corrigan, “Results”
Michael Shannon, “99 Homes”
Paul Dano, “Love & Mercy”
Richard Jenkins, “Bone Tomahawk”

Room

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Cynthia Nixon, “James White”
Jennifer Jason Leigh, “Anomalisa”
Marin Ireland, “Glass Chin”
Mya Taylor, “Tangerine”

Robin Bartlett, “H.”

BEST SCREENPLAY
Charlie Kaufman, “Anomalisa”
Donald Marguiles, “The End of the Tour”
Phyllis Nagy, “Carol”
S. Craig Zahler, “Bone Tomahawk”
Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer, “Spotlight”

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Cary Joji Fukunaga, “Beasts of No Nation”
Ed Lachman, “Carol”
Joshua James Richards, “Songs My Brothers Taught Me”
Michael Gioulakis, “It Follows”
Reed Morano, “Meadowland”

BEST FILM EDITING
Ronald Bronstein and Benny Safdie, “Heaven Knows What”
Julio C. Perez IV, “It Follows”
Kristan Sprague, “Manos Sucias”
Nathan Nugent, “Room”
Tom McArdle, “Spotlight”

BEST DOCUMENTARY
“(T)error”
“Best of Enemies”
“Heart of a Dog”
vMeru”
“The Look of Silence”
“The Russian Woodpecker”

Indie Spirits Awards nominations:
‘Carol’ leads with 6, ‘Beasts of No Nation’ at 5, ‘Spotlight’ has 4

BEST INTERNATIONAL PICTURE
“A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence”
“Embrace of the Serpent”
“Girlhood”
“Mustang”
“Son of Saul”

BEST FIRST FEATURE
“James White”
“Manos Sucias”
“Mediterranea”
“Songs My Brothers Taught Me”
“The Diary of a Teenage Girl”

BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY
Emma Donoghue, “Room”
Jesse Andrews, “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl”
John Magary, Russell Harbaugh, and Myna Joseph, “The Mend”
Jonas Carpignano, “Mediterranea”
Marielle Heller, “The Diary of a Teenage Girl”

JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD (best feature made for under $500,000)
“Advantageous”
“Christmas, Again”
“Heaven Knows What”
“Krisha”
“Out of My Mind”

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