Irish/Canadian film Room has been nominated for three Independent Spirit Awards including Best First Screenplay and Best Female Lead, which adds to the already considerable Oscar buzz surrounding the project.

The film is based on the Booker nominated novel by Dublin author, Emma Donoghue, who also wrote the screenplay. It tells the horrific tale of a woman and son held captive for years in a tiny space and was inspired by the life of Elisabeth Fritzl, who was locked in a basement in Austria for 24 years.

Room is directed by Lenny Abrahamson and it has already been generating a lot of Oscar buzz following its reception at the Toronto International Film Festival, where it took home the People's Choice Award. The Independent Spirit Awards are usually a good indication of what's to come when the Oscar nominations are released, with the awards ceremony held the day before the Academy Awards.

Room received three nominations in total; Best Female Lead for Brie Larson, Best First Screenplay and Best Editing.

Carol and Beasts of No Nation lead the nominations with six nods each. Both films are nominated for Best Feature, Best Director and Best Cinematography.

Carol has also picked up nominations for Best Screenplay and both Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara are on the shortlist for Best Female Lead.

Cate Blanchett in Carol

Beasts of No Nation is also mentioned in the Best Editing section, with star Abraham Attah given the nod for Best Male Lead. Idris Elba's performance has been nominated for Best Supporting Male.

Full list of nominees:

Best Feature


Beasts of No Nation




Best Director

Charlie Kaufman & Duke Johnson, Anomalisa

Cary Joji Fukunaga, Beasts of No Nation

Todd Haynes, Carol

David Robert Mitchell, It Follows

Tom MCCarthy, Spotlight

Sean Baker, Tangerine

Best Female Lead

Cate Blanchett, Carol

Rooney Mara, Carol

Bel Powley, The Diary of a Teenage Girl

Brie Larson, Room

Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, Tangerine

Best Male Lead

Abraham Attah, Beasts of No Nation

Jason Segel, The End of the Tour

Christopher Abbot, James White

Koudous Seihon, Mediterranea

Ben Mendelsohn, Mississippi Grind

Best Supporting Female

Jennifer Jason Leigh, Anomalisa

Marin Ireland, Glass Chin

Robin Bartlett, H.

Cynthia Nixon, James White

Mya Taylor, Tangerine

Best Supporting Male

Idris Elba, Beasts of No Nation

Richard Jenkins, Bone Tomahawk

Paul Dano, Love & Mercy

Kevin Corrigan, Results

Michael Shannon, 99 Homes

Best Screenplay


Bone Tomahawk


The End of the Tour


Best First Feature

The Diary of a Teenage Girl

James White

Manos Sucas


Songs My Brothers Taught Me

Best First Screenplay

The Diary of a Teenage Girl

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl


The Mend


Best Editing

Beasts of No Nation

Heaven Knows What

It Follows



Best Cinematography

Beasts of No Nation


It Follows


Songs My Brothers Taught Me

Best Documentary

Best of Enemies

Heart of a Dog

The Look of Silence


The Russian Woodpecker


Best International Film

Embrace of the Serpent



A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence

Son of Saul

John Cassavetes Award


Christmas, Again

Heaven Knows What


Out of My Hand

Robert Altman Award: