Film Independent Spirit Award Nominations 2015 – LIVE BLOG
UPDATE 10:15 AM: Somebody out there got an itchy finger and published the full list of nominees; which went out on PR Newsire. Scroll below in our blog to see what was nominated. We're also adding fun factoids.
PREVIOUS: 9:50AM: Deadline is live blogging the nominations announcement for the 30th Film Independent Spirit Awards today. Rosario Dawson and Diego Luna will be revealing the big list live from the W Hollywood.
The awards ceremony is traditionally held the day… Read
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The voice cast includes Will Arnett, Elizabeth Banks, Craig Berry, Alison Brie and David Burrows… Read
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While the Oscar race for Best Actor has heated up to a frenzy with, as previously reported here, at least 30 viable candidates and only five slots, most observers have labeled this year's Best Actress crop from weak to thin with not even enough sure things at this point to make a list of five.
That's a bit of an overstatement as pundits generally agree there are at least three, possibly four near-certainties for nominations: Julianne Moore for the still-unreleased Still Al… Read