Saratoga Springs, NY (December 12, 2007) - The Savages, Tamara Jenkins’ hilarious and heartbreaking story about siblings forced to care for their ailing and estranged father, received four 2008 Film Independent Spirit Award nominations on November 27.
The film, which just opened in theaters, marks a return to feature films for Ms. Jenkins, who picked up individual nominations in the best director and best screenplay categories. An audience favorite at its Sundance Film Festival premiere earlier this year, The Savages also received nods in the categories of best male lead (Philip Seymour Hoffman) and best cinematography (Mott Hupful). The National Board of Review recently included The Savages on its list of top 10 independent films of 2007. Ms. Jenkins is a former recipient of Yaddo's Donald and Genie Rice Residency and wrote a substantial portion of the screenplay for The Savages at Yaddo. She has said the film "would not exist if it were not for the generous support of Yaddo."
A feature by another Yaddo filmmaker, Noah Baumbach’s Margot at the Wedding, also was recognized at last month’s ceremony, winning a nomination in the best supporting female category for Jennifer Jason Leigh.
Considered the first major award nominations of the season, the Film Independent Spirit Awards are designed to celebrate independent movies and filmmakers working outside the Hollywood mainstream. To be eligible, films must be at least 70 minutes in length and the cost of the completed film, including post-production, has to be less than $20 million. Forty-five nomination committee members viewed 200 submitted films this year.
The 2008 Film Independent Spirit Awards will be presented February 23, the day before the Oscars, at a ceremony in a massive tent on the beach in Santa Monica, California. The ceremony will be broadcast live, uncut and commercial-free, on the Independent Film Channel and then air later in the evening in an edited version on AMC.