Isle of Dogs
As entertaining as it is to look at Isle of Dogs, I couldn’t get past Anderson’s usual clumsiness when dealing with minorities.
Luca Guadagnino's acclaimed gay romance, "Call Me by Your Name," emerged as the frontrunner at the 2018 Film Independent Spirit Awards when nominations were announced yesterday. It received six nods for Best Feature, Best Director, Best Male Lead (Timothée Chalamet), Best Supporting Male (Armie Hammer), Best Cinematography (Sayombhu Mukdeeprom) and Best Editing (Walter Fasano). Followed close behind is Jordan Peele's timely hit, "Get Out," and Benny & Josh Safdie's "Good Time," each receiving five nominations apiece. "Get Out" has the edge with nominations in both the Best Feature and Best Director categories, while "Good Time" was shut out of the running for the top prize. The other three Best Feature contenders are Sean Baker's "The Florida Project," Greta Gerwig's "Lady Bird" and Chloé Zhao's little-seen "The Rider." Zhao also earned a Directing nomination alongside Baker and Jonas Carpignano for the Italian drama, “A Ciambra.”
Nick Kroll and John Mulaney will return as hosts of the live broadcast on Saturday, March 3rd, on IFC. The cast of Dee Rees' "Mudbound," along with casting directors Billy Hopkins and Ashley Ingram, have already been announced as the recipients of this year's Robert Altman Award for Best Ensemble. Below is the complete list of nominees...
“Call Me by Your Name”
“The Florida Project”
Sean Baker, “The Florida Project”
Jonas Carpignano, “A Ciambra”
Luca Guadagnino, “Call Me by Your Name”
Jordan Peele, “Get Out”
Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie, “Good Time”
Chloé Zhao, “The Rider”
BEST FEMALE LEAD
Salma Hayek, “Beatriz at Dinner”
Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Margot Robbie, “I, Tonya”
Saoirse Ronan, “Lady Bird”
Shinobu Terajima, “Oh Lucy!”
Regina Williams, “Life and nothing more”
BEST SUPPORTING MALE
Nnamdi Asomugha, “Crown Heights”
Armie Hammer, “Call Me by Your Name”
Barry Keoghan, “The Killing of a Sacred Deer”
Sam Rockwell, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Benny Safdie, “Good Time”
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.)
“A Ghost Story”
“Life and nothing more”
“Most Beautiful Island”
BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY
Kris Avedisian, Kyle Espeleta, Jesse Wakeman, “Donald Cried”
Emily V. Gordon, Kumail Nanjiani, “The Big Sick”
Ingrid Jungermann, “Women Who Kill”
David Branson Smith, Matt Spicer, “Ingrid Goes West”
Thimios Bakatakis, “The Killing of a Sacred Deer”
Elisha Christian, “Columbus”
Hélène Louvart, “Beach Rats”
Sayombhu Mukdeeprom, “Call Me by Your Name”
Joshua James Richards, “The Rider”
ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD – Given to one film’s director, casting director and ensemble cast
JEEP TRUER THAN FICTION AWARD
Shevaun Mizrahi, “Distant Constellation”
Jonathan Olshefski, “Quest”
Jeff Unay, “The Cage Fighter”
For more info on the Film Independent Spirit Awards, visit the official site.
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