‘Carol’ leads Spirit Awards film nom­i­na­tions

Kuwait Times - - LIFESTYLE -

“Carol,” the story of a 1950s house­wife who falls for a store clerk, led the pack of in­de­pen­dent movies tipped for Os­cars glory as the Spirit Awards nom­i­na­tions were un­veiled Tues­day. Star­ring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, the film was nom­i­nated in six cat­e­gories, in­clud­ing best fea­ture, best di­rec­tor and best ac­tress. “Beasts of No Na­tion,” about a child soldier, came in sec­ond with five nom­i­na­tions, while “Spot­light,” on the Bos­ton Globe’s Pulitzer Prize-win­ning in­ves­ti­ga­tion into sex abuse in the Catholic Church, won four nom­i­na­tions. The Film In­de­pen­dent Spirit Awards are seen as an strong in­di­ca­tor of in­de­pen­dent movies that could win Os­car glory. Other con­tenders for best fea­ture are “Ano­ma­l­isa,” an an­i­mated com­edy drama, and “Tan­ger­ine,” about two trans­gen­der pros­ti­tutes in Los An­ge­les. “This year’s nom­i­nees are a tes­ta­ment to the strength, vi­tal­ity and diver­sity of in­de­pen­dent, artist-driven film­mak­ing,” said Film In­de­pen­dent pres­i­dent Josh Welsh. “It’s an as­ton­ish­ingly strong group of films and per­for­mances this year and we look for­ward to cel­e­brat­ing them all at the Spirit Awards.” The win­ners will be an­nounced on Fe­bru­ary 27, a day be­fore the Academy Awards.—

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