Two UNCSA Alumni Nominated for Independent Spirit Awards
Tyler Cook and Jonathan Majors, alumni of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA), are nominated for Film Independent Spirit Awards, a coveted honor among independent filmmakers.
Cook, a graduate of the School of Filmmaking, is nominated for the Best Editing award for “Sword of Trust,” and Majors, a School of Drama graduate, is nominated as Best Supporting Actor for portrayal of Montgomery Allen in “The Last Black Man in San Francisco.”
Cook has previously edited television series including “GLOW,” “The Vampire Diaries,” “Roswell, New Mexico,” “Kidding,” “Preacher,” “Falling Water,” and “Minority Report.” He was assistant editor on HBO’s “Eastbound and Down,” created by fellow Film alumni Ben Best, Jody Hill and Danny McBride.
Majors stars alongside Idris Elba in the western “The Harder They Fall,” produced by Jay-Z and premiering on Netflix in January. He also appears in the upcoming HBO horror series “Lovecraft Country,” produced by J.J. Abrams and Jordan Peele, and in Spike Lee’s upcoming feature film “Da 5 Bloods,” for Netflix.
Spirit Award recipients are chosen by filmmakers, film industry leaders and film lovers who are voting members of Film Independent, an organization that champions creative independence in visual storytelling and supports a community of artists who embody diversity, innovation and uniqueness of vision.
The Film Independent Spirit Awards will be presented on Saturday, Feb. 8, broadcast live on IFC at 5 p.m.