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Film Independent Spirit Awards

'Carol,' 'Beasts of No Nation' lead Independent Spirit nods

The 1950s-set romance "Carol" starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara collected the most nominations Tuesday for the 31st Film Independent Spirit Awards.

The Todd Haynes-directed film picked up six nods in categories including best feature, director and lead actress for both Mara and Blanchett.

"Beasts of No Nation," a fictional drama about a child soldier, received five nominations including best feature, best cinematography and best director for Cary Joji Fukunaga.

Idris Elba also picked up a supporting acting nomination for the film — the first original feature from Netflix.

Oscar hopefuls are sprinkled throughout each category of...