TEARFUL SPIRIT AWARDS NOMINATIONS FOR SPENCER
Octavia Spencer wiped away tears as she helped announce the Film Independent Spirit Awards nominations on Tuesday (26 NOV. 2013) in Los Angeles.
“12 Years A Slave” led the nominees with seven, followed by six for “Nebraska,” but Spencer got emotional over the three nods for her film, “Fruitvale Station.”
The drama earned nods in the supporting actress, actor and best first feature categories. Spencer plays the mother of the lead character in the film, based on the real-life 2009 shooting of a black man in Northern California by transit police.
“These are happy tears. I wear my heart on my sleeve. When you have such admiration for the people that you work with, to see the film recognized — it’s a movie that struck me, resonated with me on so many levels. And to see it so well received, it’s really, really wonderful and overwhelming,” Spencer said.
Actress Paula Patton — who appeared in “Precious,” a past Spirit Awards winner — hugged Spencer during the announcement.
“It’s such a personal thing for Octavia. And of course being a friend and standing here next to her — I know what it’s like to be a part of a movie that you care deeply for — you put your heart, blood, sweat and tears into it,” she said. “You have a movie like ‘Fruitvale Station’ that deservedly so gets this recognition, it’s very exciting. And it sort of starts off this great awards season.”
Spencer called both “12 Years” and “Nebraska” “amazing.”
“The entire cast of ’12 Years A Slave’ is amazing. I thought the language in that film was poetic. I’m pleased with all of the movies represented today because it is a great year for filmmaking,” she said.
Patton called “12 Years” “a really remarkable achievement from Steve McQueen and all of the actors in it. It was excellent.”
Spencer said she wouldn’t comment on her planned reboot of the TV series “Murder, She Wrote.”
“Because we’re not there yet. That’s coming down the line. Today is ‘Fruitvale Station’ day so I’m going to stay there,” she said.
Presented by the cinema group Film Independent, the Spirit Awards will be handed out the day before the Oscars at an afternoon ceremony along the beach in Santa Monica, Calif., on Mar. 1. The Spirit Awards will air that night on IFC.
Nominees were chosen by panels of film professionals.
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