2011 Independent Spirit Award Nominees

Here we go again. The award season is upon us. Love them or hate them, movie awards season is just a part of a cinema-blogger’s life. You can take them seriously or take them with a grain of salt. Either way, you gotta take ’em. Probably taking things as least seriously as possible are the annual Spirit Awards. For the most part, these are the films that you didn’t see in the multi-plex, ergo probably worth taking note of.

Myself, I’m a big fan of many of the films on this year’s nominations list (Another Earth, Yay!). So it will be fun to see all these stars make their way down the very casual and sometimes drunken, red carpet in late February (the 25th, the day before the Oscars) to see who will make the biggest fool of themselves on stage.

For those of you keeping count, Take Shelter and The Artist were the two leaders in these nominations with 5 nods each. The Descendants came out with 4 (all three films up for best feature). But here are all of the nominees for this year’s awards. The “big” ones are up top, hit the jump to look under the seats and see the rest of the nominees. Then sound off in the comment section. Anything you’re particularly happy to see? Something you’re oh so happy did not make the cut? Something or someone that got snubbed (The Skin I Live In!!!?!??!)? I’m curious…

Best Feature:
50/50
Beginners
Drive
Take Shelter
The Artist
The Descendants

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

Best First Feature:
Another Earth
In The Family
Margin Call
Martha Marcy May Marlene
Natural Selection

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

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

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

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

John Cassavetes Award for films made under $500,000:
Bellflower
Circumstance
Hello Lonesome
Pariah
The Dynamiter

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

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

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

Best Screenplay:
Joseph Cedar, Footnote
Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Tom McCarthy, Win Win
Mike Mills, Beginners
Alexander Payne, The Descendants

Best Foreign Film:
A Separation
Melancholia
Shame
The Kid With a Bike
Tyrannosaur

Robert Altman Award for ensemble:
Margin Call