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2005 Independent Spirit Awards Nominees Announced

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Nov 30, 2004 | 11:38am EST

With six nominations each, Alexander Payne's wine-soaked Sideways and Joshua Marston's intense drug drama Maria Full of Grace lead the 20th IFP Independent Spirit Awards nominations, announced Tuesday. Both films were nominated for, among other categories, best feature, best director best male lead (Sideways' Paul Giamatti) and best female lead (Grace's Catalina Sandino Moreno). Actors Dennis Quaid and Selma Blair served as presenters at the event.

Others nominated for best feature were Mario Van Peebles' Baadasssss!; Kinsey, starring Liam Neeson as famed sex researcher Alfred Kinsey; and Shane Carruth's Primer, this year's Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize winner.

Dawn Hudson, executive director of IFP/Los Angeles, the largest non-profit membership organization for independent filmmakers, said in a statement, "Over the last 20 years, the Spirit Awards have consistently celebrated the most talented artists--known and unknown--working in independent film. We've honored many filmmakers and artists at the beginning of their careers, and this year is no different."

The winners will be announced at the IFP Independent Spirit Awards ceremony on Feb. 26, 2005 and will air live on the cable network IFC at 5 p.m. EST, as well as be rebroadcast that night on Bravo at 10 p.m. EST.

The complete list of nominations:

BEST FEATURE

Baadasssss!

Kinsey

Maria Full of Grace

Primer

Sideways

BEST DIRECTOR

Shane Carruth, Primer

Joshua Marston, Maria Full of Grace

Alexander Payne, Sideways

Walter Salles, The Motorcycle Diaries

Mario Van Peebles, Baadasssss!

BEST SCREENPLAY

Baadasssss!

Before Sunset

The Door in the Floor

Kinsey

Sideways

BEST FIRST FEATURE

Brother to Brother

Garden State

Napoleon Dynamite

Saints and Soldiers

The Woodsman

BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY

Brother to Brother

Garden State

Maria Full of Grace

Primer

Robbing Peter

JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD

Down to the Bone

Mean Creek

On the Outs

Robbing Peter

Unknown Soldier

BEST DEBUT PERFORMANCE

Anthony Mackie, Brother to Brother

Louie Olivos, Jr., Robbing Peter

Hannah Pilkes, The Woodsman

Rodrigo de la Serna, The Motorcycle Diaries

David Sullivan, Primer

BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE

Cate Blanchett, Coffee and Cigarettes

Loretta Devine, Woman Thou Art Loosed

Virginia Madsen, Sideways

Robin Simmons, Robbing Peter

Yenny Paola Vega, Maria Full of Grace

BEST SUPPORTING MALE Thomas Haden Church, Sideways

Jon Gries, Napoleon Dynamite

Aidan Quinn, Cavedweller

Roger Robinson, Brother to Brother

Peter Sarsgaard, Kinsey

BEST FEMALE LEAD

Kimberly Elise, Woman Thou Art Loosed

Vera Farmiga, Down to the Bone

Judy Marte, On the Outs

Catalina Sandino Moreno, Maria Full of Grace

Kyra Sedgwick, Cavedweller

BEST MALE LEAD

Kevin Bacon, The Woodsman

Jeff Bridges, The Door in the Floor

Jamie Foxx, Redemption

Paul Giamatti, Sideways

Liam Neeson, Kinsey

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Dandelion

The Motorcycle Diaries

Redemption

Saints and Soldiers

We Don't Live Here Anymore

BEST FOREIGN FILM

Bad Education, Spain Oasis, South Korea Red Lights, France The Sea Inside, Spain Yesterday, South Africa

BEST DOCUMENTARY

Bright Leaves

Chisholm '72: Unbought & Unbossed

Hiding and Seeking: Faith and Tolerance After the Holocaust

Metallica: Some Kind of Monster

Tarnation

SPECIAL DISTINCTION

Ensemble cast of Mean Creek: Rory Culkin, Ryan Kelley, Scott Mechlowicz, Trevor Morgan, Josh Peck and Carly Schroeder

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