‘Birdman,’ ‘Boyhood,’ ‘Jimi’ get Spirit Award nominations

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The awards season is upon us.

And the Oscar race began in earnest Tuesday, with the release of the Spirit Awards nominees.

The Spirit Awards are the independent film world’s equivalent of the Academy Awards, and since many of the same films and performances are honored by both, the Spirit Awards are considered an Oscar season early predictor.

In  Spirit nominations announced Tuesday, “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” and “Boyhood” tied with eight nominations each, including best picture. Other best picture nominees included “Love Is Strange,” “Selma” and “Whiplash.”

Andre Benjamin was nominated for best male lead in “Jimi: All Is By My Side,” directed by Mequon native John Ridley, who won a best screenplay Oscar for “12 Years A Slave.”

Other male performance nominees are: Michael Keaton, “Birdman,” Jake Gylenhaal, “Nightcrawler,” John Lithgow “Love Is Strange” and David Oyelowo “
Selma.”

Best female lead nominees were, 
Marion Cotillard “
The Immigrant”; 
Rinko Kikuchi
, “Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter”; Julianne Moore, 
”Still Alice”; 
Jenny Slate, “
Obvious Child
”; Tilda Swinton
, “Only Lovers Left Alive.”

Best directors include, Damien Chazelle, “Whiplash; Ava DuVernay, “Selma”; Alejandro G. Inarritu, “Birdman”; “Richard Linklater, “Boyhood”; David Zellner, “Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter.”

Best supporting male: Riz Ahmed, “Nightcrawler”; Ethan Hawke, “Boyhood”; Alfred Molina, “Love is Strange”; Edward Norton, “Birdman”; J.K. Simmons, “Whiplash.”

Best supporting female: Patricia Arquette, “Boyhood”; Jessica Chastain, “A Most Violent Year”; Carmen Ejogo, “Selma”; Andrea Suarez Paz, “Stand Clear of the Closing Doors”; Emma Stone, “Birdman.”

Best documentary: “20,000 Days On Earth”; “CITIZENFOUR”; “Stray Dog”: “The Salt of the Earth”; “Virunga”

Best screenplay: 
Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski, “Big Eyes”; J.C. Chandor, “A Most Violent Year”; Dan Gilroy, “Nightcrawler”: Jim Jarmusch, “Only Lovers Left Alive”; Ira Sachs & Mauricio Zacharias, “Love Is Strange.”

Best first feature: “A Girl Walks Home At Night; “Dear White People”; “Nightcrawler”; “Obvious Child”; “She’s Lost Control.”

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