This second-generation screenwriter has made a reputation for strong psychological dramas. Nicholas Kazan, the son of famed screenwriter-producer-director-actor Elia Kazan, has a talent for scripts de...
It's award season time, and it isn't an awards season without those little indies that could getting in on the action. Today marked the announcement of the 2013 Independent Spirit Award nominees, and many of the buzzy films from the past year made it into the race.
Topping off the nominations with five apiece are Silver Linings Playbook and Moonrise Kingdom, both of whom garnered nods for Best Feature, Best Director, Best Screenplay, among others for the actors. One actor making multiple cut-ins is Matthew McConaughey, whose work in Magic Mike and Killer Joe nabbed him nominations for Best Supporting Male and Best Male Lead, respectively.
It's not all smooth-sailing, though: the announcement of Silver Linings Playbook in the pool caused a bit of controversy, as the film's budget was reportedly over the $20 million cut-off point set by the governing body of the awards, but it seems as though the Weinsteins handled that little issue to keep it as a contender. This year's Spirit Awards are scheduled to air at 10PM on Saturday, February 23, 2013 on IFC—only one day before the Academy Awards. The full list of nominees is below.
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Keep the Lights On
Silver Linings Playbook
Wes Anderson (Moonrise Kingdom)
Julia Loktev (The Loneliest Planet)
David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook)
Ira Sachs (Keep the Lights On)
Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild)
BEST FIRST FEATURE
Fill the Void
Gimme the Loot
Safety Not Guaranteed
Sound of My Voice
Perks of Being a Wallflower
JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD
Breakfast With Curtis (Laura Colella)
Middle of Nowhere (Ava DuVernay)
Mosquita y Mari (Aurora Guerrero)
Starlet (Sean Baker)
The Color Wheel (Alex Ross Perry)
Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola (Moonrise Kingdom)
Zoe Kazan (Ruby Sparks)
Martin McDonagh (Seven Psychopaths)
David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook)
Ira Sachs & Mauricio Zacharias (Keep the Lights On)
BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY
Rama Burshtein (Fill the Void)
Derek Connolly (Saftey Not Guaranteed)
Nicholas Jarecki (Arbitrage)
Rashida Jones & Will McCormack (Celeste and Jesse Forever)
Jonathan Lisecki (Gayby)
BEST FEMALE LEAD
Linda Cardellini (Return)
Emayatzy Corinealdi (Middle of Nowhere)
Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook)
Quvenzhane Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild)
Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Smashed)
BEST MALE LEAD
Jack Black (Bernie)
Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook)
John Hawkes (The Sessions)
Thure Lindhardt (Keep the Lights On)
Matthew McConaughey (Killer Joe)
Wendell Pierce (Four)
BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE
Rosemarie DeWitt (Your Sister’s Sister)
Ann Dowd (Compliance)
Helen Hunt (The Sessions)
Brit Marling (Sound of My Voice)
Lorraine Toussaint (Middle of Nowhere)
BEST SUPPORTING MALE
Matthew McConaughey (Magic Mike)
David Oyelowo (Middle of Nowhere)
Michael Pena (End of Watch)
Sam Rockwell (Seven Psychopaths)
Bruce Willis (Moonrise Kingdom)
Beasts of the Southern Wild
End of Watch
Valley of Saints
The Central Park Five
How to Survive a Plague
The Invisible War
Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present
The Waiting Room
BEST FOREIGN FILM
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
Rust and Bone
ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD
PIAGET PRODUCERS AWARD
Alicia Van Couvering (Nobody Walks)
Mynette Louie (Stones in the Sun)
Derrick Tseng (Prince Avalanche)
SOMEONE TO WATCH AWARD
David Fenster (Pincus)
Adam Leon (Gimme the Loot)
Rebecca Thomas (Electrick Children)
TRUER THAN FICTION AWARD
Leviathan (Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Verena Paravel)
Only the Young (Jasonyyee Tippet and Elizabeth Mimms)
The Waiting Room (Peter Nicks)
What do you think of the nominees? Surprised by any? Disappointed by this missing? Let us know in the comments!
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Jennifer Lopez is a hardworking waitress at the Red Car Diner who sports a nametag that reads "Slim"--a cute nickname if only it wasn't mentioned in every line. One day a stranger (Billy Campbell) comes to Slim's defense when a rose-toting womanizer tries to pick her up mid-shift and before you know it they're in love getting married buying a house and raising a family. When Slim figures out her perfect husband is having an affair and confronts him about his cheating ways he becomes violent possessive and controlling. Slim tries to leave him but can't and is forced to take desperate measures to save her and her daughter Gracie's (Tessa Allen) life. Although it sounds an awful lot like 1991's Sleeping With the Enemy Enough is a slightly more engaging and entertaining film to watch. Despite many plot inconsistencies the film will have your heart thumping throughout every clichéd predicament including unexpectedly seeing the villain's reflection in a mirror which then turns out to be a dream.
Although it's pretty difficult to make the gorgeous button-nosed Lopez look anything but sublime she does the working girl thing quite effectively in this film. Through her facial expressions she manages to convey her character's fears and suspicions only to brush them off as paranoia. In one scene for example Slim notices that the bathroom window is open and you can see her trying to remember whether she was the one that left it open and she does so very subtly. As her abusive husband Mitch Campbell plays a one-dimensional completely despicable villain. While wife-beaters often beg for forgiveness to reel their victims back in after a bout of abuse Mitch does the opposite piling on even more threats. Allen who plays their young daughter Gracie was pretty impressive. She delivers some great lines without ever being too cutesy and reacts to situations like a normal child would rather than a smart-aleck Hollywood tyke: she cries when she sees her mother cry and mutters lines that any 5-year-old would.
Scribe Nicholas Kazan seems to have put little effort into Enough. The film's structure unfolds in a textbook sort of way (think Sleeping with the Enemy or Domestic Disturbance) and never transcends the stereotype of the genre. There are too many things in the film that don't add up like Slim's nonsensical choice to leave her husband in the dead of the night rather than when he's at work or how she hides all the guns in his house before she prepares to fight him never considering that he may actually have a weapon on him. There is also an entire story line involving Slim's long-lost father that could have been omitted altogether in favor of better character development. Although Mitch displayes some creepy possessive traits at the start of their marriage his pattern of abuse isn't believable. The most disappointing aspect however is the fact that once you see the trailer you basically know how the entire film will unfold. After all the tagline reads: "Self defense isn't murder."
With wife Robin Swicord, adapted Roald Dahl's novel "Matilda"
Feature directorial debut, "Dream Lover"
Feature debut as co-producer, "Reversal of Fortune" (also scipted)
Wrote first play in college, "Ballgame"
Screenwriting debut as one of four writers on "Showboat 1988"
This second-generation screenwriter has made a reputation for strong psychological dramas. Nicholas Kazan, the son of famed screenwriter-producer-director-actor Elia Kazan, has a talent for scripts described as "edgy, terse, bleakly funny". Until the late 1980s, he concentrated on theater, writing for The Impact Company of the Improvisational Theatre Project and having several plays produced in New York.<p>After one not-terribly-successful attempt at screenwriting (the obscure 1977 "Showboat 1988"), Kazan had a modest success with the 1982 biopic "Frances", co-written with Eric Bergren and Christopher DeVore and featuring a tour-de-force performance by Jessica Lange. He next penned "At Close Range" (1986), a fact-based thriller about a family of killers starring Sean Penn and Christopher Walken. "Patty Hearst" (1988), the story of the kidnapped heiress, provided a showcase for actress Natasha Richardson, while "Reversal of Fortune" (1990), the darkly funny tale of Claus von Bulow who stood accused of attempting to murder his socialite wife, earned Kazan an Oscar nomination for Best Screenplay and the Best Actor Oscar for Jeremy Irons. Each of these films share a biographical dimension, with a compellingly erratic and disturbing historical figure at the center.<p>Kazan went on to write "Mobsters" (1991), a more modest youth-oriented gangster film before making his directorial debut with the unsuccessful "Dream Lover" (1994), a meandering film noir involving femme fatale Madchen Amick's attempt to destroy her husband James Spader. Working with his wife Robin Swicord, Kazan returned to straight screenwriting, with "Matilda" (1996), a childhood drama starring Mara Wilson, producer/director Danny De Vito and his wife Rhea Perlman. Kazan also scripted the marijuana-farming drama "Homegrown" and the crime thriller "Fallen" (both 1997). Kazan also adapted the political thriller "Point of Impact" as "Shooter" (lensing 1997), starring Robert Redford.<p>Kazan's only TV outing to date has been the 1989 HBO series "The Edge", for which he directed one episode ("Professional Man").
along with Elia Kazan, was one of the filmmakers behind the semi-experimental political film short, "Pie in the Sky" (1935); died 1963
"Some people think of me in terms of my father. A lot of people aren't aware of him. I never mention him. I'm me. If you want to deal with him, deal with him. After struggling as a writer in Berkeley for many years, sending out scripts where nothing would happen, I decided I was foolish not to use my family contacts. My father set up meetings ... Nothing came of them. I heaved a big sigh. I didn't want to be looking over my shoulder, trying to decide, if I got any success, whether I deserved it. Now I know that whatever's come to me, I've worked very hard and done it completely myself." --From a 1991 interview in Movieline.