The gay-themed drama Keep the Lights On has received four Independent Spirit Awards including best picture.
The film, directed by Ira Sachs and written by Sachs and Mauricio Zacharias, chronicles one couple’s emotionally and sexually charged journey through love and addiction.
Sachs was nominated for best director and he and Zacharias got nods for best screenplay.
Also nominated was lead actor Thure Lindhardt who plays a documentary filmmaker involved with an addict. His competition includes Wendell Pierce whom plays a married man having gay relationships on the down low in the film Four.
In the Best First Screenplay category, out writer-director-actor Jonathan Lisecki was nominated for his gay-themed comedy Gayby about a pair of best friends – a straight woman and a gay man – who face unexpected life complications when they decide to have a baby together.
‘I am totally thrilled, stunned and incredibly grateful,’ Lisecki tells Gay Star News. ‘Very happy to be included among so many amazing filmmakers. And excited to see so much love for LGBT films.’
Lisecki not only wrote Gayby, he also directed the film and has a standout supporting role in it.
In the category of Best Documentary, the film How to Survive a Plague is one of the five nominees. Directed by David France, the film tells the story of how the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP) engaged in epic day-to-day battles that ultimately resulted in AIDS no longer being a death sentence.
The Spirit Awards nominations were announced on Tuesday (27 November) in Los Angeles by Anna Kendrick, Zoe Saldana and Common. They will be presented on 23 February in Santa Monica.
Here is a LINK to the full list of nominees. Below are the trailers for Keep the Lights On, Gayby and How to Survive a Plague.