5 Movies You May Have Missed: Independent Spirit Awards Nominees
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I know here at ClevverMovies we talk a lot about the big budget blockbusters, afterall that’s what you want to know about! But there are great movies being produced all the time that you may not have heard that much about. But this is where the Spirit Awards come into play. The Independent Spirit Awards honors the best of the best in independent films, which are movies that have much smaller budgets with scripts that often have deep rooted messages and that will almost always tug at your heartstrings.
And while the Spirit awards are not necessarily a huge indicator of who will win big at the ultimate showdown, The Academy Awards, several of their nominees every year have also appeared on the Oscar nominee list. And, that can’t just be coincidence. We were there when the nominees for this year’s Independent Spirit Awards were announced by Mission Impossible star, Paula Patton and by Oscar winner Octavia Spencer, and to honor these independent films, we’re listing the top five Independent Spirit nominees that you may have missed this year. All is Lost is a man against nature, open water survival thriller starring 77 year old Robert Redford. All is Lost premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and received a nine-minute standing ovation, so we weren’t shocked when it made the list of nods for best independent feature. All is Lost writer-director J.C. Chandor also wrote and directed Margin Call back in 2011 which also received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay. So, if you love intense survival movies in the vein of Castaway, you will likely enjoy this one. Frances Ha is a quirky coming of age comedy, about a girl who struggles to chase her dreams and ultimately finds herself along the way. It is shot in black and white, and is written by and starring one of my favorite actresses Greta Gerwig. It definitely feels like an independent film, but it is getting rave reviews from critics and audiences alike with Hearst Newspapers calling it “endearing, at once silly and deep, hopeless and promising.” Inside Llewyn Davis is getting a lot of press right now, so you may have heard of this nominee and/or seen the trailer. This film is another dream chasing themed movie, but this one seems to have a few more darker undertones than Frances Ha. It follows one week in the life of a struggling musician, who has to face the many consequences of his poor decision making. It has a pretty impressive cast which includes Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake, and John Goodman. Directed by Sideways and The Descendants director Alexander Payne, Nebraska is a film that follows an old and dying man named Woody on his journey back home to seek out a magazine sweepstakes, million dollar fortune that supposedly is awaiting him. It stars Will Forte, Bob Odenkirk, and Stacy Keach. Now, last but certainly not least on the list of nominees is 12 Years A Slave. This film is a historical drama that supposedly is very, very accurate depiction of the actual story of a free African American named Solomon Northup who was kidnapped and sold into slavery. This film made out big at The Spirit Awards, and received 7 nominations including best feature, best director, best actor (for Chiwetel Ejiofor’s performance), best supporting actor (which is certainly deserving for Michael Fassbender), and best supporting actress (for Lupita Nyong’o). This movie has received such glowing reviews that many believe it will win for Best Picture at The Academy Awards. So, there you have it! The Independent Spirit Award nominees for Best Feature Film. Have any of you out there seen some of these indie movies, and which ones are your must sees! Let us know, and as always stay connected with us over on Twitter and Facebook so we can keep you up to date on all of your favorite movies during award season. For ClevverMovies, Im Erin Robinson, and Ill see you next time.
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