November 3, 2018 at 12:56 pm #1202667554
The Indie Spirit award nominations are always one of the first ones to come out every year, towards the end of November, and it’s time to start thinking about which films will do well this year. I always find it difficult to understand which films are eligible and which films are not based on what criteria they use to define “independent” film-making? There are usually a few actual voters on here on Gold Derby who know which films are in consideration.
I just saw Wildlife today and am expecting it to be nominated for Best 1st Film, Best Screenplay (is it a 1st Screenplay or will it be eligible in the Screenplay category?), Female Lead, Male Lead and Best Director for Paul Dano (maybe Editing and Cinematography as well). It was superb and truly an independent film.
Is there anywhere online with a list of which films are eligible for their awards? What major films are borderline this year?
I’ve noticed every year that a film that is financed outside of the U.S., and/or has a foreign director, will get major snubs – Room and Three Billboards come to mind quickly (they won major Spirit awards; I mean they were left out of Best Film and I believe Best Director as well). What if any films might fit that criteria this year?
I always look forward to this particular awards and their nominations being announced early!
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Sorry To Bother You ftwNovember 3, 2018 at 1:10 pm #1202667563
If Beale Street Could Talk for the sweep!November 3, 2018 at 2:56 pm #1202667598
Na-kel Smith is a possibility in supporting actor for Mid90s.November 3, 2018 at 3:10 pm #1202667600
Is The Hate U Give considered an independent film, or is its budget too large for consideration? Amandla Stenberg and Russell Hornsby would make excellent nominees, if eligible…November 3, 2018 at 4:14 pm #1202667632
I think Indie Spirits only consider Independent films with a budget below $20M. The Hate U Give’s budget is $23M..So that’s out, but I hope it pops ups somewhere.November 3, 2018 at 4:50 pm #1202667647
Wildlife is Dano’s first, but Kazan’s second screenplay. That makes it ineligible for First Screenplay, right?November 3, 2018 at 5:23 pm #1202667664
^I think so, thanks for the information.
and thanks for the budget information on The Hate U Give.
I am also hoping that Elsie Fisher is nominated for Female Lead for Eighth Grade.November 3, 2018 at 9:00 pm #1202667799
Some films that I would think would be eligible for consideration would potentially be: Wildlife, Eighth Grade, Leave No Trace, Sorry To Bother You, First Reformed, Bird Box, The Misadventures of Cameron Post, Ballad of Buster Scruggs, Under the Silver Lake, What They Had, Puzzle, Mid90’s, a Joaquin Phoenix movie the title of which is escaping me at the moment (not last year’s You Were Never Really Here, the other one that came out last spring) –
not sure about the budgets and/or how independent such films as Destroyer, The Old Man and the Gun, Love, Simon, On The Basis Of Sex, Can You Ever Forgive Me?, If Beale Street Could Talk, The Wife, At Eternity’s Gate… are these eligible or not?
There are always some indie films we have never heard of because they never got a proper release that nevertheless get nominations.
It’s always a fascinating list!November 3, 2018 at 10:02 pm #1202667824
thomasin mckenzie!!!November 3, 2018 at 10:28 pm #1202667830
I think Indie Spirits only consider Independent films with a budget below $20M. The Hate U Give’s budget is $23M..So that’s out, but I hope it pops ups somewhere.
I remember Silver Linings Playbook had a budget over $20 million and that made it in. Does anyone remember why?November 14, 2018 at 12:02 pm #1202675039
Announcement this Friday at 10:00 PT.
I have heard that Beautiful Boy, The Hate U Give and Widows are not eligible. The Favourite is only eligible for the international category.November 14, 2018 at 12:04 pm #1202675040
There are most likely several others on the borderline, but I have not heard from their reps yet about eligibility.
If you have specific ones you want for me to question, let me know.November 14, 2018 at 12:08 pm #1202675042
Announcement this Friday at 10:00 PT.
I have heard that Beautiful Boy, The Hate U Give and Widows are not eligible. The Favourite is only eligible for the international category.
Yeah it was kinda obvious about those 3 films. The Hate U Give has a $23M budget, Beautiful Boy $25M and I’d assume Widows has a $30M+ budget.
I’ve seen on another forum that Roma is eligible in all categories because it has an American producer. Yalitza rises.
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