Austin scores big in Indie Spirit noms

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Ellar Coltrane stars in Richard Linklater's "Boyhood."

Austin was all over the nominations for the 30th Film Independent Spirit Awards. The nominations were announced today.

While “Birdman” led with six nods, Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood” took five nominations, including best feature (along with “Birdman,” “Love Is Strange,” “Selma” and “Whiplash”), best director for Linklater, best supporting nods for both Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke and best editing for the almighty Sandra Adair.

“Nightcrawler” and “Selma” also received five nominations each.

Austinite David Zellner also received a best director nomination for “Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter,” while that film’s producer, Austin-based producer Chris Ohlson, is one of three finalists for the 18th annual Piaget Producers Award, which comes with a $25,000 grant.

Austin director Chris Eska was one of three finalists for the 21st annual Kiehl’s Someone to Watch Award for “The Retrieval,” while Houstonian Darius Clark Monroe was one of the finalists for the 20th annual Lenscrafters Truer Than Fiction award for his documentary “Evolution of a Criminal.” Both of those also come with $25,000 grants.

The Drafthouse Films-distributed Nick Cave documentary “20,000 Days on Earth” received a best documentary nomination.

Winners will be announced Feb. 21, one day before the Oscars.


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