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Gay-themed “Call Me By Our Name,” “B.P.M.” and “Beach Rats” get Independent Spirit Award nods

The Independent Spirit Award nominations were announced today and some of my very favorite films of the year got nods.

The searingly superb French AIDS/ACT UP drama BPM (Beats Per Minute) is nominated for Best International Film. I recently shared that the movie got so intense for me in the closing minutes that I honestly thought I was going to faint. Others simply cried. Please see this movie.

I have not yet seen Call Me By Your Name but I’m pleased to see a gay-themed film get so many nominations including Best Feature, Best Director (Luca Guadagnino), Best Cinematography (Sayombhu Mukdeeprom), Best Editing (Walter Fasano), Best Male Lead (Timothée Chalamet), and Best Supporting Male (Armie Hammer).

Among those competing against Chalamet is Harris Dickinson for his star-making performance as a closeted gay teen in Beach Rats. Dickinson’s performance, in my opinion, is one of the best of the year and I’m thrilled to see he’s been included in this gem of a movie I saw at Outfest over the summer.

Also thrilled with the nods for Lady Bird which has a gay character and just first-rate writing and acting. It got nods for Best Feature, Best Screenplay (Greta Gerwig), Best Female Lead (Saoirse Ronan), and Best Supporting Female (Laurie Metcalf).

Other faves of mine this year that are nominated are: Best Feature nominees The Florida Project and Get Out; James Franco for Best Lead Actor in The Disaster Artist; Patti Cake$ and Ingrid Goes West for Best First Feature; Holly Hunter for Best Supporting Female in The Big Sick; and all the nominations for Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri which include Best Screenplay (Martin McDonagh); Best Female Lead Frances McDormand); and Best Supporting Male (Sam Rockwell).

Here is a LINK to the full list of nominees.



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2 Remarks

  1. I’m often confused by which films qualify for which awards, since I know most awards look at when films were released and how they were produced.

    I thought that God’s Own Country was an independent in terms of production. It’s won so many festival awards that I’m surprised not to see it nominated here.

    Was it not eligible due to release date? Production company? Or, were the ISA really not impressed with the film?

  2. As soon as these are out and playing near me I shall happily watch them.

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