Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Kitana Kiki Rodríguez, Julio Pérez IV, Manos Sucias, et al. Among the Latino 2016 Film Independent Spirit Awards Nominees

The nominations for the 2016 Film Independent Spirit Awards were announced Tuesday, November 24, 2015, giving boosts to several films' Oscar chances.

The Cate Blanchett-Rooney Mara romance Carol led the pack with six Spirit noms; followed by Beasts of No Nation with five; and Spotlight, Tangerine and Anomalisa with four each.

Kitana Kiki Rodríguez.
Among the Latinos nominated this year for an award are Kitana Kiki Rodríguez for Best Female Lead for TangerineCiro Guerra for Best International Film for Embrace of the Serpent (El abrazo de la serpiente); and Julio Pérez IV for Best Editing for It Follows.

Julio Pérez IV.
Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck and Robert Machoian are jointly nominated for the Kiehl's Someone To Watch Award for their film God Bless the Child. Now in its 22nd year, the award recognizes a talented filmmaker of singular vision who has not yet received appropriate recognition. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant funded by Kiehl's.

Jarlin Javier Martínez and
Cristián James Abvincula
in a scene from 
Manos sucias.
In addition, the Josef Wladyka-helmed Manos sucias (produced in and taking place in Colombia) picked up two nominations– for Best Editing and Best First Feature.

Founded in 1984, the Film Independent Spirit Awards are dedicated to independent filmmakers. The 31st Independent Spirit Awards ceremony will be held on February 26, 2016 in Santa Monica, California. For more information, click here.

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