Awards season has begun. Every year, in an informal ceremony on the Santa Monica beach, the Independent Spirit Awards offers a refreshing alternative to the Oscars, recognizing the year's best "independent" films. Chloe Sevigny wears something fantastic, host John Waters offers innapproriate observations, and films with budgets under $500,00 get their big moment in the sun.
This year, Jim Sheridan's sentimental fairytale "In America" received the most nominations, with a nod for Best Feature, Best Direction, Best Female Lead (Samanta Morton), Best Supporting Female (Sarah Bolger), Best Supporting Male (Djimon Hounsou) and Best Cinematography. I'll admit that I was not fond of the film (review.)
The innovative biopic about Harvey Pekar "American Splendor" trailed behind the nominations with a close five. The film won the Grand Jury Award at Sundance, but co-guide Jurgen Fauth was not impressed (review.) Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini were double nominees for writing and directing. The film also garnered nominations for Best Feature, Best Male Lead (Paul Giamatti) and Best Supporting Male (Judah Frielander, the nerd.)
Other films that received multiple nominations include Billy Ray's "Shattered Glass," Peter Sollet's "Raising Victor Vargas," Peter Hedges' "Pieces of April," Vadim Perelman's "House of Sand and Fog," and Thomas McCarthy's "The Station Agent."
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