Independent Spirit Awards Nominations Announced: Birdman & Whiplash Score Big

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The 30th annual Independent Spirit Awards nominations have been announced. The award show that is on the eve of the Oscars, in many ways, sets up our first real look at the Oscar race.

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One of the things that is immediately striking is that Whiplash and Birdman are early locks to receive a Best Picture nod from the Academy as they received that nomination from the Independent Spirit Awards.

And if there was any question whether Richard Linklater’s Boyhood is still in the running, that question was answered with its nods for Best Feature, as well as Best Supporting Male for Ethan Hawke, Best Supporting Female for Patricia Arquette and Best Director for Linklater.  

Here are the 2015 Film Independent Spirit Award Nominations. The awards will be handed out February 21, 2015.

Best Feature

  • Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  • Boyhood
  • Love is Strange
  • Selma
  • Whiplash

Best Director

  • Damien Chazelle, Whiplash
  • Ava DuVernay, Selma
  • Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  • Richard Linklater, Boyhood
  • David Zellner, Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter

Best Screenplay

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

Best First Feature

  • A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
  • Dear White People
  • Nightcrawler
  • Obvious Child
  • She's Lost Control

Best First Screenplay

  • 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

  • Blue Ruin
  • It Felt Like Love
  • Land Ho!
  • Man From Reno
  • Test

Best Female Lead

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

Best Male Lead

  • André Benjamin, Jimi: All Is By My Side
  • Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler
  • Michael Keaton, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  • John Lithgow, Love is Strange
  • David Oyelowo, Selma
Jake Gyllenhaal Nightcrawler Photo

Best Supporting Female

  • Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
  • Jessica Chastain, A Most Violent Year
  • Carmen Ejogo, Selma
  • Andrea Suarez Paz, Stand Clear of the Closing Doors
  • Emma Stone, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Best Supporting Male

  • Riz Ahmed, Nightcrawler
  • Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
  • Alfred Molina, Love is Strange
  • Edward Norton, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  • J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

Best Cinematography

  • 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, Selma

Best Editing

  • Sandra Adair, Boyhood
  • Tom Cross, Whiplash
  • John Gilroy, Nightcrawler
  • Ron Patane, A Most Violent Year
  • Adam Wingard, The Guest

Best Documentary

  • 20,000 Days on Earth
  • Stray Dog
  • The Salt of the Earth
  • Virunga

Best International Film

  • Force Majeure (Sweden)
  • Ida (Poland)
  • Leviathan (Russia)
  • Mommy (Canada)
  • Norte, the End of History (Philippines)
  • Under the Skin (United Kingdom)

Robert Altman Award
Inherent Vice

Special Distinction Award

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