The drama "We the Animals" surprised and dominated this Friday (16), the nominations for the 34th Independent Spirit Awards, the awards of the independent American cinema that, in general, point some of the favorites to the Oscars.
Jeremiah Zagar's film, adapted from Justin Torres's homonymous novel, follows the childhood story of three young brothers, Manny, Joel and Jonah, in the midst of their parents' volatile love.
The drama earned five nominations and topped more media titles such as the comedy "Eighth Grade," the religious drama "In the Heart of Darkness" and the suspense with Joaquin Phoenix "Nunca Estiveste Aqui", with four nominations each.
To qualify, films must meet a number of criteria, including no more than $ 20 million and have "significant American content" or US citizens or permanent residents in two of the three creative positions as director, producer and screenwriter.
In this way, there is no favorite of the season like "This Is a Star" (budget), while "Roma" and "A Favorita" (for non-American content) only appear in the category of Best International Film.
With "12 Year Slave", "Birdman", "The Spotlight Case" and "Moonlight" to receive both the Spirit Awards main prize and Best Picture Oscar in four of the last five years, this organization's choices are seen every time more as the first credible indicator of what could be nominations for Academy Awards, announced in January.
The last winner, "The Form of Water", was excluded by budget tail.
The nominees were announced in Hollywood by the British actress of "Crazy Rich Asians", Gemma Chan.
The winners will be known on February 23, the eve of the Oscars.