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Who’s Got Spirit?:  2015 Spirit Award Nominations

OK kids here we go… The 2015 award season is in full effect.

The biggest amount to nominations goes to the Indy darling “Carol”starring Cate Blanchett.

I called it here first at Carla Renata’s Corner that “99 Homes” and “Room”would be on the awards list for 2015.  Check out my reviews for “Room” ,  “99 Homes”  and “Spotlight” through the links below.

ROOM Review for CRC

99 Homes Review for CRC

Spotlight Review for CRC

The End of the Tour Review for CRC

MIssissippi Grind Review for CRC

Here is the full list of nominations for the 2015 Spirit awards.  The winners will be announced on Feb. 27 — the day before the Academy Awards — in a tent on Santa Monica Beach.

Here are the 2016 Spirit Awards nominees:

Best Feature:


Beasts of No Nation



Best Director

Sean Baker, Tangerine

Cary Joji Fukunaga, Beasts of No Nation

Todd Haynes, Carol

Charlie Kaufman & Duke Johnson, Anomalisa

Tom McCarthy, Spotlight

David Robert Mitchell, It Follows
Best Screenplay

Charlie Kaufman, Anomalisa

Donald Margulies, The End of the Tour

Phyllis Nagy, Carol

Tom McCarthy & Josh Singer, Spotlight

S. Craig Zahler, Bone Tomahawk
Best First Feature

The Diary of a Teenage Girl

James White

Manos Sucias


Songs My Brothers Taught Me


Best First Screenplay

Jesse Andrews, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Joseph Carpignano, Mediterranea

Emma Donoghue, Room

Marielle Heller, The Diary of a Teenage Girl

John Magary, Russell Harbaugh, Myna Joseph, The Mend
Best Male Lead

Christopher Abbott, James White

Abraham Attah, Beasts of No Nation

Ben Mendelsohn, Mississippi Grind

Jason Segel, The End of the Tour

Koudous Seihon, Mediterranea
Best Female Lead

Cate Blanchett, Carol

Brie Larson, Room

Rooney Mara, Carol

Bel Powley, The Diary of A Teenage Girl

Kitana Kiki Rodriquez, Tangerine
Best Supporting Male

Kevin Corrigan, Results

Paul Dano, Love & Mercy

Idris Elba, Beasts of No Nation

Richard Jenkins, Bone Tomahawk

Michael Shannon, 99 Homes
Best Supporting Female

Robin Bartlett, H.

Marin Ireland, Glass Chin

Jennifer Jason Leigh, Anomalisa

Cynthia Nixon, James White

Mya Taylor, Tangerine
Best Documentary


Best of Enemies

Heart of Dog

The Look of Silence


The Russian Woodpecker
Best International Film

Embrace the Serpent



Son of Saul
Best Cinematography

Beasts of No Nation


It Follows


Songs My Brothers Taught Me
Best Editing

Beasts of No Nation

Heaven Knows What

It Follows


John Cassavetes Award (Best Feature Under $500,000)


Christmas, Again

Heaven Knows What


Out of My Hand
Robert Altman Award (Best Ensemble)

Kiehl’s Someone to Watch Award

Chloe Zhoa

Felix Thompson

Robert Machoian & Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck

I love, love love movies, watching them and discussing them...thus the birth of The Curvy Film Critic!!! Host/Producer/FilmCritic,Carla Renata is a member of such esteemed organizations as Critics Choice Association (Co-President Documentary Branch), African American Film Critics Association, Online Association of Female Film Critics and Alliance of Women Film Journalists. My op-eds or features have been seen in VARIETY,, Maltin on Movies, The Cherry Picks, IGN Movies, as well as being a frequent Guest Contributor to Fox 11-LA, Good Day LA, ET Live!, Turner Classic Movies, KCRW Press Play with Madeline Brand, The Cherry Picks, The Stream Team (Beond TV) ITV, Fox Soul's The Black Report, The ListTV and more. Catch my reviews on The Curvy Critic with Carla Renata - LIVE!!! Sundays 5pm PST via You Tube or Facebook Live. If you like what you read please shout me out and subscribe to The Curvy Critic on YouTube. You can chat with me across all social media platforms @TheCurvyCritic and as always, thanks for supporting a sista'

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