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Indie Spirit noms are coming Nov. 29 – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: Anthony Mackie and Kate Beckinsale will announce the nominees for the 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards on Tuesday, Nov. 29 at 8 a.m. at The London West Hollywood Hotel, it was revealed today by Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival.

As previously announced, the 27th annual Film Independent Spirit Awards will be held at the beach in Santa Monica on Saturday, Feb. 25.

The premiere broadcast of the ceremony will air later that evening at 10 p.m. ET/PT on IFC.

Bios on each actor, from a release:

Anthony Mackie was classically trained at the Julliard School of Drama and was discovered playing Tupac Shakur in the off-Broadway play “Up Against the Wind.” He made his film debut in Curtis Hanson’s 8 Mile and proceeded to garner roles in Spike Lee’s Sucker Free City and She Hate Me, Clint Eastwood’s Million Dollar Baby, and Jonathan Demme’s The Manchurian Candidate. Mackie earned Film Independent Spirit Award and Gotham Award nominations for his performance in Rodney Evans’ Brother to Brother. In 2006, Mackie starred in Half Nelson, Freedomland, Heaven’s Fall, Crossover and We Are Marshall. Intertwined throughout his film career, Mackie continues to perform in several plays, which include “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” alongside Whoopi Goldberg, Regina King’s modern re-telling of Chekhov’s “the Seagull,” the Pulitzer Prize-winning “Soldier’s Play,” and Martin McDonough’s “A Behanding in Spokane.” In 2009, he starred in Kathryn Bigelow’s Academy Award-winning The Hurt Locker, which earned him a Film Independent Spirit nomination for Best Supporting Male. 2009 also saw Mackie revisit the role of Tupac Shakur in Fox Searchlight’s Notorious and he was in Dreamworks’ Eagle Eye. Mackie recently starred in Night Catches Us alongside Kerry Washington, The Adjustment Bureau with Matt Damon and Emily Blunt, and Real Steel opposite Hugh Jackman. He will next be seen in Man on a Ledge, Ten Year, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Gangster Squad.

English actress Kate Beckinsale is revealing herself to be one of films’ most versatile and charismatic actresses. She first gained notice in Kenneth Branagh’s Much Ado About Nothing, then subsequently appeared in Cold Comfort Farm, The Last Days of Disco, Brokedown Palace and Shooting Fish. She then moved on to star in Disney’s epic Pearl Harbor, followed by Serendipity, Laurel Canyon, Van Helsing and the hit vampire tales Underworld and Underworld: Evolution. Beckinsale also starred as screen legend Ava Gardner in Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator, followed by Click, and Snow Angels. Her television appearances include the title role in A&E’s Emma and One Against the Wind for Hallmark Films. On stage, she has appeared in “Clocks & Whistles,” “Sweetheart,” and the British National Touring production of “The Seagull.” Her latest films include Whiteout, Everybody’s Fine, and Nothing But The Truth, which garnered her recognition for her accolade worthy performance. In January 2012, Beckinsale will be seen reprising her role as “Selene” in the next installment of the Underworld franchise, Underworld: Awakening, and the suspense thriller Contraband opposite Mark Wahlberg. She just wrapped Len Wiseman’s adaptation of the action film Total Recall opposite Colin Farrell and Jessica Biel.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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