'Carol,' 'Spotlight,' 'Beasts of No Nation' lead the field in Independent Spirit Award nominations

By Karen Butler  |  Nov. 24, 2015 at 2:16 PM
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SANTA MONICA, Calif., Nov. 24 (UPI) -- Carol, the big-screen adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's 1950s-set romance The Price of Salt, was nominated Tuesday for a leading six Independent Spirit Awards.

Spotlight and Beasts of No Nation followed close behind with five nods apiece.

The winners of the Spirit Awards -- which honor excellence in low-budget film -- are to be announced Feb. 27 on Santa Monica Beach. The low-key prize presentation traditionally takes place on the eve of the glitzy Oscars ceremony.

The nominations in the top Independent Spirit Award categories are --

Best Feature

Beasts of No Nation

Best Director

Sean Baker Tangerine
Cary Joji Fukunaga Beasts of No Nation
Todd Haynes Carol
Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson Anomalisa
Tom McCarthy Spotlight
David Robert Mitchell It Follows

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

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