I don’t want to make too much of this, but it comes as a jolt that the IFP Sprit Awards nominating committee has given a pat on the back to Hans Petter Moland’s The Beautiful Country by nominating Sabina Murray’s script for a Best First Screenplay award. (Veteran screenwriter Larry Gross also worked on it, no?) Country was so roundly ignored by the media and public alike (or so it seemed) that I’m feeling a bit shocked. I fell hook, line and sinker for The Beautiful Country way back on 4.20.05…not that it mattered.