Independent Spirit Awards

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Nominations: November 29, 2005

BEST FEATURE
Brokeback Mountain Producers: Diana Ossana, James Schamus
Capote Producers: Caroline Baron, William Vince, Michael Ohoven
Good Night, and Good Luck. Producer: Grant Heslov
The Squid and the Whale Producers: Wes Anderson, Peter Newman, Charles Corwin, Clara Markowicz
The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada Producers: Michael Fitzgerald, Tommy Lee Jones

BEST DIRECTOR
Ang Lee, Brokeback Mountain
George Clooney, Good Night, and Good Luck.
Gregg Araki, Mysterious Skin
Rodrigo Garcia, Nine Lives
Noah Baumbach, The Squid and the Whale

BEST FIRST FEATURE
Crash Director: Paul Haggis, Producers: Cathy Schulman, Don Cheadle, Bob Yari, Mark R. Harris, Bobby Moresco, Paul Haggis
Lackawanna Blues Director: George C. Wolfe, Producer: Nellie Nugiel
Me and You and Everyone We Know Director: Miranda July, Producer: Gina Kwon
Thumbsucker Director: Mike Mills, Producers: Anthony Bregman, Bob Stephenson
Transamerica Director: Duncan Tucker, Producers: Rene Bastian, Sebastian Dungan, Linda Moran

JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD
(Given to the best feature made for under $500,000)
Brick Director/Writer: Rian Johnson, Producers: Ram Bergman and Mark G. Mathis
Conventioneers Director: Mora Stephens, Producer: Joel Viertel, Writers: Mora Stephens and Joel Viertel
Jellysmoke Director/Writer/Producer: Mark Banning
The Puffy Chair Director: Jay Duplass, Producer: Mark Duplass, Writers: Mark Duplass and Jay Duplass
Room Director/Writer: Kyle Henry, Producers: Allen Bain, Darren Goldberg, Jesse Scolaro

BEST SCREENPLAY
Ayad Akhtar, Joseph Castelo, Tom Glynn, The War Within
Guillermo Arriaga, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada
Noah Baumbach, The Squid and the Whale
Dan Futterman, Capote
Rodrigo Garcia, Nine Lives

BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY
Kenneth Hanes, Fixing Frank
Miranda July, Me and You and Everyone We Know
Angus MacLachlan, Junebug
Sabina Murray, The Beautiful Country
Duncan Tucker, Transamerica

BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE
Amy Adams, Junebug
Maggie Gyllenhaal, Happy Endings
Allison Janney, Our Very Own
Michelle Williams, Brokeback Mountain
Robin Wright Penn, Nine Lives

BEST SUPPORTING MALE
Firdous Bamji, The War Within
Matt Dillon, Crash
Jesse Eisenberg, The Squid and the Whale
Barry Pepper, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada
Jeffrey Wright, Broken Flowers

BEST FEMALE LEAD
Felicity Huffman, Transamerica
Dina Korzun, Forty Shades of Blue
Laura Linney, The Squid and the Whale
S. Epatha Merkerson, Lackawanna Blues
Cyndi Williams, Room

BEST MALE LEAD
Jeff Daniels, The Squid and the Whale
Philip Seymour Hoffman, Capote
Terrence Howard, Hustle & Flow
Heath Ledger, Brokeback Mountain
David Strathairn, Good Night, and Good Luck.

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Robert Elswit, Good Night, and Good Luck.
John Foster, Keane
Adam Kimmel, Capote
Chris Menges, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada
Harris Savides, Last Days

BEST FOREIGN FILM
The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (Romania) Director: Cristi Puiu
Duck Season (Mexico) Director: Fernando Eimbcke
Head-On (Germany/Turkey) Director: Fatih Akin
Paradise Now (Palestine/Netherlands/Germany/France) Director: Hany Abu-Assad
Tony Takitani (Japan) Director: Jun Ichikawa

BEST DOCUMENTARY
Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, Director: Alex Gibney
Grizzly Man, Director: Werner Herzog
La Sierra, Directors: Scott Dalton & Margarita Martinez
Romantico, Director: Mark Becker
Sir! No Sir!, Director: David Zeiger

IFC/Acura Someone to Watch Award
($25,000 unrestricted grant)
Ian Gamazon and Neill Dela Llana, director of “Cavite
Robinson Devor, director of “Police Beat
Jay Duplass, director of “The Puffy Chair

Truer Than Fiction Award
($25,000 unrestricted grant)
Rachel Boynton for “Our Brand is Crisis
Garrett Scott & Ian Olds for “Occupation: Dreamland
Mark Becker for “Romantico
Thomas Allen Harris for “Twelve Disciples of Nelson Mandela

AMC/American Express Producers Award
($25,000 unrestricted grant)
Caroline Baron, producer of “Capote” and “Monsoon Wedding
Ram Bergman, producer of “Brick” and “Conversations with Other Women
Mike S. Ryan, producer of “Junebug” and “Palindromes

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