NEW YORK – The Independent Spirit Awards all but snubbed My Big Fat Greek Wedding -- the most successful independent film ever made in this country -- when its nominations were announced yesterday.
The romantic comedy, which has grossed more than $213 million so far, got a single nomination -- Nia Vardalos (who also wrote the screenplay) for best performance by a newcomer.
Instead, two other female-oriented flicks --Lovely & Amazing and Far From Heaven -- led the pack as nominations were announced in Los Angeles. The awards will be presented on March 22, the night before the Oscars.
Lovely & Amazing, a comedy about three sisters, bagged six nominations, for best feature, best director and screenplay (Nicole Holofcener), best female lead (Catherine Keener), best supporting actress (Emily Mortimer) and best debut performance (Raven Goodwin).
There were five nominations for Far From Heaven, a painstaking homage to Hollywood films of the '50s, for best feature, best director (Todd Haynes), best actress (Julianne Moore), best supporting actor (Dennis Quaid) and best cinematography.
The black comedy The Good Girl got four nods, for best feature, best actress (Jennifer Aniston), best supporting actor (John C. Reilly) and best screenplay.
Secretary, a romantic comedy about a masochist, was also nominated for best feature, and for best actress (Maggie Gyllenhaal) and best first screenplay.
The final best feature nominee was the farm drama Tully, which also drew nods for best supporting actress (Julianne Nicholson), best debut (Bob Burrus) and best screenplay.
Other films that did well in the nominations were the thriller Ivans xtc, with four; and, with three apiece, the biopic Dahmer, the thriller Interview With the Assassin, the cop drama Narc, the chick flick Personal Velocity and the comedy Roger Dodger.