'Imitation Game' hits a snag as 'Selma' and 'Birdman' get the Spirits boost

November 25, 2014 6:55 PM

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We laid out a few of the films that weren't eligible for today's Independent Spirit Awards announcement yesterday. Movies like "The Grand Budapest Hotel" and "Foxcatcher," etc., as well as a number of foreign players, were not going to be in the mix. But of those that were, the real shocker today is that "The Imitation Game" turned up a goose egg. According to The Weinstein Company, it was eligible. That's not getting off to a great start for Harvey Weinstein's thoroughbred this season.

Looking across the nominees, as we surmised, it's the "Birdman" and "Boyhood" show with six and five nominations apiece. But Open Road also came out swinging with five nominations for Dan Gilroy's "Nightcrawler," while the biggest boost of the announcement has to be for Ava DuVernay's "Selma." The P...

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