Nominees Michael B. Jordan and Joseph Gordon-Levitt
She laughed and she cried; so went Oscar winner Octavia Spencer's genuine display of emotion during the Film Independent Spirit Awards nominations announcement on Tuesday morning. The laughs and the tears were a joyful reaction to reading the names of her "Fruitvale Station" co-stars Michael B. Jordan, Melonie Diaz, and first-time director Ryan Coogler (even though Spencer herself wasn't singled out with a nomination).
"It's wonderful! I'm proud, I'm thrilled," Spencer told Yahoo Movies immediately following the announcement of the nominees. "I feel like a little spy. When I got here today and saw the nominees. It took everything in my power not to text. I didn't, I waited until after [the nominations were announced] and ran back to text before coming back out here. … I feel like the happy aunt, that's why there were little tears of joy."
Other nominees were equally emotional in expressing their delight over receiving Film Independent Spirit Award nods, though they did so via Twitter and the appropriate emojis, emoticons, and use of all caps. See tweets from Best First Screenplay nominee Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Best Supporting Male nominee Jared Leto, for example:
Other excited reactions came from first-time nominees Michael B. Jordan (Best Male Lead) and Best First Screenplay scribe/actress Lake Bell, for her movie "In a World."
"[The] Spirit award nom is something really special to me," Jordan tweeted. "Thank you all for the love!!! - Michael B. Jordan
"I AM HONORED to be in the game," wrote Bell. "Your support further imbues my maternal pride for my first born writing baby."
As exemplified by the reactions from the happy nominees, the Film Independent Spirit Awards are less pomp and circumstance and more a fun-filled celebration of independent cinema, which always makes for a lively and entertaining awards show.The 29th annual Film Independent Spirit Awards, hosted by Patton Oswalt, will be broadcast on IFC Saturday, March 1.
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