Spirit Awards Snubs: 'Anomalisa' Shut Out, 'Carol' Goes One-for-Six
'Beasts of No Nation,' which went into Saturday's ceremony with five nominations only won two awards, while four-time nominee 'Tangerine' only took home one prize.
While Spotlight cleaned up at the 2016 Film Independent Spirit Awards, winning all four awards for which it was nominated and receiving the Robert Altman award for its ensemble cast, many other multiple nominees weren't as fortunate during their Saturday excursion to the beach.
Carol, which scored a leading six nominations, only won one award, for best cinematography by Ed Lachman. Todd Haynes' 1950s-set lesbian love story lost the awards for best feature, best director (Haynes), best screenplay (Phyllis Nagy) and female lead, where it could only have collected one win as co-stars Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara were both nominated. Still, co-host Kate McKinnon did manage to connect the film to FX's much-buzzed-about American Crime Story, joking about how the romance between Blanchett and Mara's characters begins after Blanchett's Carol leaves her gloves behind at the department store where Mara's Therese works.
Carol is the "most compelling story about someone leaving their gloves behind since The People v. O.J. Simpson," McKinnon quipped at the top of the show.
Meanwhile, five-time nominee Beasts of No Nation, only won two awards, for stars Idris Elba and newcomer Abraham Attah. And four-time nominee Tangerine also only won one award, with supporting female Mya Taylor taking the stage to accept her prize.
Fellow four-time nominee Anomalisa, however, was shut out completely, going home empty-handed, despite being the subject of a humorous bit involving McKinnon as one of the film's Kickstarter backers, who gave Spirit Awards nominee Paul Dano a ham-filled kiss.
Several other films that scored multiple nominations also went home empty-handed: three-time nominees It Follows, James White and Mediterranea and double-nominees Songs My Brothers Taught Me, Bone Tomahawk, The End of the Tour, Heaven Knows What and Manos Sucias.