Cate Blanchett's "Tar" follows a the rise and fall of a fictional, globally renowned conductor who will stop at nothing to succeed in her high-flying career Photo: AFP/File
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Blanchett and Yeoh films top indie Spirit Award nominations

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Michelle Yeoh's "Everything Everywhere All At Once" and Cate Blanchett's "Tar" led the Spirit Awards nominations Tuesday, underlining their credentials as the indie films to watch this awards season.

The Film Independent Spirit Awards, which consider only low- and mid-budget movies, gave eight nods to Yeoh's hit sci-fi about surreal parallel universes, and seven to Blanchett's drama set in the cut-throat world of classical music.

Both were nominated for best feature, along with Sarah Polley's "Women Talking," which will receive the prestigious Robert Altman Award for a film's director, casting director and overall cast.

All three movies are widely tipped to feature at next year's Oscars, which take place in March, just one week after the Spirit Awards winners are revealed in an annual ceremony by a Los Angeles beach.

"Everything Everywhere All At Once" has grossed over $100 million worldwide, making it leading indie distributor A24's biggest hit.

The absurdist film portrays a Chinese-American immigrant family undergoing a tax audit, who are quickly drawn into an inter-dimensional battle to save the multiverse from a powerful villain.

"Tar" follows the rise and fall of a fictional, globally renowned conductor who will stop at nothing to succeed in her high-flying career.

"Women Talking," a drama about women in an ultraconservative religious colony debating how to deal with systemic sexual abuse, features an ensemble cast including Claire Foy, Rooney Mara and Frances McDormand.

Rounding out the Spirit Awards' best feature category were Timothee Chalamet's cannibal love story "Bones and All," and African refugee drama "Our Father, the Devil."

But Chalamet was among several eligible A-listers who notably missed out on acting nominations, along with Jennifer Lawrence ("Causeway") and Brendan Fraser, whose acclaimed film "The Whale" earned zero nominations.

Double Oscar-winner Blanchett and Yeoh both received lead actor nominations, while Mark Rylance ("Bones and All") and Jamie Lee Curtis (Everything Everywhere All at Once") earned supporting nods.

Films with budgets over $30 million are not considered for the Spirit Awards, which aim to celebrate independent filmmaking.

Film Independent president Josh Welsh said Tuesday the nominations had looked for "uniqueness of vision, original provocative subject matter, economy of means, and diversity both on screen and off."

For the first time, the awards have opted for gender-neutral acting awards.

The Spirit Awards take place in a giant tent by Santa Monica beach on March 4.

Oscars voting ends three days later, and the season-capping 95th Academy Awards take place March 12.

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Michelle Yeoh's "Everything Everywhere All At Once"

Can't believe how much success this movie has had. I just seem to just not get it, when it comes to this movie.

LOVE Michelle Yeoh, and was looking forward to it when I bought the bluray. LOVE all Asian cast films and stories. I have a good collection of them.

Bought the Blu-ray, took it home, eagerly started watching it.

About 45 minutes in, I ejected the disc, threw it in the garbage, and fully expected this to be on a list of WORST movies in the history of existence.

So disappointed, was cheering for it to be good, but throughout the movie I was saying to myself WHAT IN THE LIVING HECK IS GOING ON? WHAT IS THIS MOVIE ABOUT? SOMEBODY'S L.S.D. TRIP?

There was nothing sane as far as a PLOT to grab hold of.

Later I hear how well the movie is doing. Just shake my head.

Just did not get it. Thought it was the worst thing ever, and lamented Michelle Yeoh's career and what this God-awful movie would do to it.

Crazy.

Congratulations for their success, in any case.

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