Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Independent Spirit Award Nominations

Awards season is now in full swing. The Indie Spirit Awards focus exclusively on films made for under $20 million, which fortunately includes some of the year's big hitters. Here are their nominees (they shafted George Clooney & Glenn Close!) :

Best Feature:
The Artist
The Descendants
Take Shelter

Best Director:
Michael Hazanavicius - The Artist 
Jeff Nichols - Take Shelter
Nicolas Winding Refn - Drive
Alexander Payne - The Descendants
Mike Mills - Beginners

Best International Film:
The Kid with a Bike
A Separation

Best First Feature:
Patrick Wang - In the Family
Robbie Pickering - Natural Selection
Sean Durkin - Martha Marcy May Marlene
J.C. Chandor - Margin Call
Mike Cahill - Another Earth

Best Female Lead:
Elizabeth Olsen - Martha Marcy May Marlene
Michelle Williams - My Week With Marilyn
Lauren Ambrose - Think of Me
Rachael Harris - Natural Selection
Adepero Oduye - Pariah

Best Male Lead:
Demian Bichir - A Better Life
Jean Dujardin - The Artist
Michael Shannon - Take Shelter
Ryan Gosling - Drive
Woody Harrelson - Rampart

Best Supporting Female:
Shailene Woodley - The Descendants
Jessica Chastain - Take Shelter
Janet McTeer - Albert Nobbs
Harmony Santana - Gun Hill Road
Anjelica Huston - 50/50

Best Supporting Male:
Albert Brooks - Drive
Christopher Plummer - Beginners
Corey Stoll - Midnight in Paris
John C Reilly - Cedar Rapids
John Hawkes - Martha Marcy May Marlene

Best Screenplay:
Tom McCarthy - Win Win
Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon & Jim Rash - The Descendants
Michael Hazanavicius - The Artist
Joseph Cedar - Footnote
Mike Mills - Beginners

Best First Screenplay:
Will Reiser - 50/50
Mike Cahill & Brit Marling - Another Earth
Phil Johnston - Cedar Rapids
J.C. Chandor - Margin Call
Patrick DeWitt - Terri

John Cassavettes Award for films made on a shoestring budget:
Hello Lonesome
The Dynamiter

Someone to Watch Award:
Mark Jackson - Without
Nicholas Ozeki - Mamitas
Simon Arthur - Silver Tongues

Truer Than Fiction Award:
Alma Har'el - Bombay Beach
Danfung Dennis - Hell and Back Again
Heather Courtney - Where Soldiers Come From

Best Cinematography:
Joel Hodge - Bellflower
Jeffrey Waldron - The Dynamiter
Guillaume Schiffman - The Artist
Darius Khondji - Midnight in Paris
Benjamin Kasulke - The Off Hours

Best Documentary:
We Were Here
The Redemption of General Butt Naked
The Interrupters
Bill Cunningham in New York
An African Election

Robert Altman Award:
Margin Call

Piaget Producers Award:
Sophia Lin - Take Shelter
Josh Mond - Martha Marcy May Marlene
Chad Burris - Mosquita y Mari

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