Philly cleans up in Spirit Award noms
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Philly cleans up in Spirit Award noms
It's December so that means Awards Season is officially upon us. This morning, the Spirit Award nominations were announced and Philly freakin' owns them. Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire, directed by Philly-born Lee Daniels, leads the proceedings with five noms for Best Feature, Best Director (Daniels), Best First Screenplay (Geoffrey Fletcher), Best Actress (Gabourey Sidibe) and Best Supporting Actress (Mo'Nique). A.D. Amorosi interviewed Daniels way back when Precious ' then called Push ' took Sundance by storm.
But that ain't all folks. Margate boy/Penn grad Scott Neustadter (along with Michael H. Weber) gets a nod in the Best Screenplay category for his work on (500) Days Of Summer. Whoa, A.D. Amorosi also interviewed Neustadter when Summer premiered at the 2009 Cinefest. Norristown's Maria Bello gets Best Actress recognition in the creepy-looking Downloading Nancy. And, of course, Philly itself plays a huge role in Robert Siegel's Big Fan, where Patton Oswalt's arch nemesis is named Philadelphia Phil, even though he's played by a Brooklyn-accented Michael Rappaport (I talked to Oswalt about his first dramatic turn when the movie came out in August).
The biggest news for locals though comes from Tom Quinn, whose film The New Year Parade ' about a couple's dissolving marriage, set against the Mummers' Parade, is up for the John Cassavette's award, which is given to the best feature made for less than $500,000. You know about Quinn and The New Year Parade even though it was made on a cheap-o budget, 'cause Mark Maurer told you about him in October.
Check out all the nominations after the jump, including links to our reviews and notes on when some film will be released here.
The Spirit Awards air Friday, March 5, 2010, 11 p.m. EST on IFC.
'(500) Days Of Summer,' Producers: Mason Novick, Jessica Tuchinsky, Mark Waters, Steven J. Wolfe
'Amreeka,' Producers: Paul Barkin, Christina Piovesan
'Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire,' Producers: Lee Daniels, Gary Magness, Sarah Siegel-Magness
'Sin Nombre,' Producer: Amy Kaufman
'The Last Station,' Producers: Bonnie Arnold, Chris Curling, Jens Meuer (Opens Friday, December 4 in NY/ LA. No wide release date scheduled for Philadelphia yet)
BEST FIRST FEATURE
'A Single Man,' Director: Tom Ford, Producers: Tom Ford, Andrew Miano, Robert Salerno, Chris Weitz (Opens Friday, December 25)
'Crazy Heart,' Director: Scott Cooper, Producers: T Bone Burnett, Judy Cairo, Rob Carliner, Scott Cooper, Robert Duvall (Opens Friday, December 16 in NY/LA. No wide release date scheduled for Philadelphia yet)
'Easier With Practice,' Director: Kyle Patrick Alvarez, Producer: Cookie Carosella
'Paranormal Activity,' Director: Oren Peli, Producer: Jason Blum, Oren Peli
'The Messenger,' Director: Oren Moverman, Producers: Mark Gordon, Lawrence Inglee, Zach Miller (Read Gary M. Kramer's interview with Oren M. Moverman and Ben Foster)
JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD
(Given to the best feature made for under $500,000)
'Big Fan' Writer/Director: Robert Siegel; Producers: Elan Bogarin, Jean Kouremetis
'Humpday' Writer/Director/Producer: Lynn Sheldon
'The New Year Parade' Writer/Director: Tom Quinn; Producers: Steve Beal, Tom Quinn
'Treeless Mountain' Writer/Director: So Yong Kim; Producers: Bradley Rust Gray, Ben Howe, So Yong Kim, Lars Knudsen, Jay Van Hoy
'Zero Bridge' Writer/Director: Tariq Tapa; Producers: Josee Lajoie, Hilal Ahmed Langoo, Tariq Tap
Alessandro Camon, Oren Moverman, 'The Messenger'
Michael Hoffman, 'The Last Station
Lee Toland Krieger, 'The Vicious Kind'
Greg Mottola, 'Adventureland'
Scott Neustadter, Michael H. Weber, '(500) Days Of Summer'
BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY
Sophie Barthes, 'Cold Souls'
Scott Cooper, 'Crazy Heart'
Cherien Dabis, 'Amreeka'
Geoffrey Fletcher, 'Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire'
Tom Ford, David Scearce, 'A Single Man'
BEST FEMALE LEAD
Maria Bello, 'Downloading Nancy'
Helen Mirren, 'The Last Station'
Gwentyth Paltrow, 'Two Lovers'
Gabourey Sidibe, 'Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire'
Nisreen Faour, 'Amreeka'
BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE
Dina Korzun, 'Cold Souls'
Mo'Nique, 'Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire'
Samantha Morton, 'The Messenger'
Natalie Press, 'Fifty Dead Men Walking'
Mia Wasikowska, 'That Evening Sun'
BEST SUPPORTING MALE
Jemaine Clement, 'Gentleman Broncos'
Woody Harrelson, 'The Messenger'
Christian McKay, 'Me and Orson Welles' (Opens Friday, December 11)
Raymond McKinnon, 'That Evening Sun'
Christopher Plummer, 'The Last Station'
Roger Deakins, 'A Serious Man'
Adriano Goldman, 'Sin Nombre'
Anne Misawa, 'Treeless Mountain'
Andrij Parekh, 'Cold Souls'
Peter Zeitlinger, 'Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans'
'Anvil! The Story of Anvil' Director: Sacha Gervasi
'Food, Inc.' Director: Robert Kenner (Read Felicia D'Ambrosio's interview with director Richard Kenner)
'More Than a Game' Director: Kristopher Belman
'October Country' Directors: Donal Mosher, Michael Palmieri
'Which Way Home' Director: Rebecca Cammisa
BEST FOREIGN FILM
'A Prophet' (France), Director: Jacques Audiard
'An Education' (UK/France), Director: Lone Scherfig
'Everlasting Moments' (Sweden), Director: Jan Troell
'Mother' (South Korea), Director: Bong Joon-Ho
'The Maid' (Chile), Director: Sebastian Silva
ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD
(Given to one film's director, casting director, and its ensemble cast)
Robert Altman Award
'A Serious Man'
Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Casting Directors: Ellen Chenoweth, Rachel Tenner
Cast: Richard Kind, Sari Lennick, Jessica McManus, Michael Stuhlbarg, Aaron Wolff
SOMEONE TO WATCH AWARD
Kyle Patrick Alvarez, 'Easier With Practice'
Asiel Norton, 'Redland'
Tariq Tapa, 'Zero Bridge'
TRUER THAN FICTION AWARD
NNatalia Almada, 'El General'
Jessica Oreck, 'Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo'
Bill Ross, Turner Ross, '45365'
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