DAILY | Independent Spirit Awards Nominations

Independent Spirit Awards

Film Independent has tweeted the nominations for this year’s Independent Spirit Awards.

Best Feature:

Beasts of the Southern Wild.
Keep the Lights On.
Moonrise Kingdom.
Silver Linings Playbook.

Best International Film:

Jacques Audiard’s Rust and Bone.
Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Once Upon a Time in Anatolia.
Michael Haneke‘s Amour.
Ursula Meier‘s Sister.
Kim Nguyen’s War Witch.

Best Documentary:

Matthew Akers’s Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present.
Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, and David McMahon’s The Central Park Five.
Kirby Dick’s The Invisible War.
David France’s How to Survive a Plague.
Peter Nick’s The Waiting Room.

Best Cinematography:

Yoni Brook, Valley of Saints.
Lol Crawley, Here.
Ben Richardson, Beasts of the Southern Wild.
Roman Vasyanov, End of Watch.
Robert Yeoman, Moonrise Kingdom.

Best Male Lead:

Jack Black, Bernie.
Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook.
John Hawkes, The Sessions.
Thure Lindhart, Keep the Lights On.
Matthew McConaughey, Killer Joe.
Wendell Pierce, Four.

Best Female Lead:

Linda Cardellini, The Return.
Emayatzy Corinealdo, Middle of Nowhere.
Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook.
Quvenzhane Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild.
M.E. Winstead, Smashed.

Best First Feature:

Rama Burshtein’s Fill the Void.
Adam Leon’s Gimme the Loot.
Colin Trevorrow’s Safety Not Guaranteed.
Zal Batmanglij’s Sound of My Voice.
Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

Best Director:

Wes Anderson, Moonrise Kingdom.
Julia Loktev, The Loneliest Planet.
David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook.
Ira Sachs, Keep the Lights On.
Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild.

The John Cassavetes Award goes to a movie made for under $500,000. This year’s nominees are:

Sean Baker’s Starlet.
Laura Colella’s Breakfast with Curtis.
Ava DuVernay’s Middle of Nowhere.
Aurora Guerrero’s Mosquita y Mari.
Alex Ross Perry’s The Color Wheel.

Best First Screenplay:

Rama Burshtein, Fill the Void.
Derek Connolly, Safety Not Guaranteed.
Nicholas Jarecki, Arbitrage.
Rashida Jones and Will McCormack, Celeste and Jesse Forever.
Jonathan Lisecki, Gayby.

Best Screenplay:

Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola, Moonrise Kingdom.
Zoe Kazan, Ruby Sparks.
Martin McDonagh, Seven Psychopaths.
David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook.
Ira Sachs and Mauricio Zacharias, Keep the Lights On.

Best Supporting Male Performance:

Matthew McConaughey, Magic Mike.
David Oyelowo, Middle of Nowhere.
Michael Pena, End of Watch.
Sam Rockwell, Seven Psychopaths.
Bruce Willis, Moonrise Kingdom.

Best Supporting Female Performance:

Rosemarie DeWitt, Your Sister’s Sister.
Anne Dowd, Compliance.
Helen Hunt, The Sessions.
Brit Marling, Sound of My Voice.
Lorraine Toussaint, Middle of Nowhere.

The Robert Altman Award is given to a film’s director, casting director, and ensemble cast, and this year it goes to Sean Baker’s Starlet.

The 19th annual Someone to Watch Award grants one filmmaker a $25K unrestricted grant, and the finalists are:

David Fenster for Pincus.
Adam Leon for Gimme the Loot.
Rebecca Thomas for Electrick Children.

The Piaget Producers Award includes a $25K unrestricted grant, and this year’s nominees are:

Mynette Louie for Stones in the Sun.
Derrick Tseng for Prince Avalanche.
Alicia Van Couvering for Nobody Walks.

The Stella Artois Truer than Fiction Award gives an emerging feature doc director a $25K unrestricted grant, and the finalists are:

Peter Nicks for The Waiting Room.
Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Verena Paravel for Leviathan.
Jasonyyee Tippet and Elizabeth Mimms for Only the Young.

Update, 11/28: For Entertainment Weekly, Lindsey Bahr collects reactions from several nominees.

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