Forum reactions: 2019 Independent Spirit Awards nominations are great for Toni Collette, bad for Melissa McCarthy


Nominations for the 2019 Independent Spirit Awards were announced Friday, November 16 and as usual they were filled with deserving nominees and egregious snubs. (See the full list of nominations.) Our savvy readers have been debating the Spirit bids all day, with some of their hot topics including Toni Collette being nominated for “Hereditary” and Melissa McCarthy being skunked for “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” Read some of their fiery comments below and then join the discussion in our movie forum.

The Spirit nominations are decided annually by nominating committees that included film critics, producers, directors, writers, cinematographers, editors, actors, past nominees and winners, and members of Film Independent’s Board of Directors. Eligible films must be American productions with budgets smaller than $20 million. This year’s ceremony will take place Saturday, February 23, one day before the 2019 Oscars.

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Here’s a sampling of Spirit Awards reactions from our forum posters:

Tyler: “Hoping Collette can take the prize home and thus boast her Oscar nom chances.”

Hoster1: “Collette rises.”

estrelasdealgeruz: “I agree that [Collette] totally deserves to get in at the Oscars.”

Nate: “Melissa McCarthy takes another hit here, as first the Gotham Awards and now the Independent Spirit Awards. Notice Richard E. Grant and not her.”

Luca Giliberti: “Some weird snubs. ‘BlackKklansman’ did not do well – how ironic is it that the white guy [Adam Driver] was nominated. My heart breaks for Melissa McCarthy, again.”

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AwardsConnect: “The art house crowd clearly isn’t taking McCarthy seriously – potentially fatal in a race as close as Best Actress this year.”

musterd: “The critics are raving [McCarthy]. Bias against mainstream and comedy stars?”

BigFish: “I love ‘Eighth Grade’ and elated to see it increase its chance to sneak in Best Picture at Oscars.”

Honey: “What’s surprising is ‘Beale Street’ missing screenplay here and Gothams. The best foreign films being all individually superior movies to the best film list is just tragic.”

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