Independent Spirit Awards NOMINEES

Moonrise Kingdom and Silver Linings Playbook lead the Indie Spirit Award noms collecting five nods each, including best picture.

I guess it’s that time of year already. The Gotham awards were last night and from here until Oscar night there will be loads of movie award presentations and publications. A favorite of RowThree is of course the Indie Spirit Awards. Unlike the Oscars it is very much low-key and casual. Flip-flops and cans of Coors can be readily spotted at the “ceremony”.

That isn’t to say the awards don’t hold some regard. Many believe these awards are more important and even apropos than Oscar and certainly more than The Golden Globes. So excitement begins to build as the nominees were announced today. Very happy to see Beasts of the Southern Wild getting some love and of course one of my ladies Rosemarie DeWitt is in here too. Seeing Ann Dowd of Compliance is a delightful surprise as well.

How bout you? Anything on the below list catching your eye?

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

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

Linda Cardellini, Return
Emayatzy Corinealdi, Middle of Nowhere
Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Quvenzhané Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild
Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Smashed

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

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

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

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

Fill the Void
Gimme the Loot
Safety Not Guaranteed
Sound of My Voice
The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Rama Burshtein, Fill the Void
Derek Connolly, Safety Not Guaranteed
Christopher Ford, Robot & Frank
Rashida Jones & Will McCormack, Celeste and Jesse Forever
Jonathan Lisecki, Gayby

JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD – (for features under $500,000)
Breakfast with Curtis
Middle of Nowhere
Mosquita y Mari
The Color Wheel

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

How to Survive a Plague
Marina Abramović: The Artist is Present
The Central Park Five
The Invisible War
The Waiting Room

Amour (France)
Once Upon A Time in Anatolia (Turkey)
Rust And Bone (France/Belgium)
Sister (Switzerland)
War Witch (Democratic Republic of Congo)

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

Pincus, director David Fenster
Gimme the Loot, director Adam Leon
Electrick Children, director Rebecca Thomas

TRUER THAN FICTION AWARD (given to emerging documentary filmmaker)
Leviathan, directors Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel
The Waiting Room, director Peter Nicks
Only the Young, directors Jason Tippet & Elizabeth Mims

ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD (for ensemble cast)
Director: Sean Baker
Casting Director: Julia Kim
Cast: Dree Hemingway, Besedka Johnson, Karren Karagulian, Stella Maeve, James Ransone

Andrew James
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  1. I am really proud that I called this one the second I walked out of it: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Smashed

    And I didn’t praise her because she’s gorgeous. I genuinely thought she was really great in an otherwise pretty conventional movie about addiction. I don’t want her to win or anything but It was nice to see her step out of the scream queen role (or her rather bland take on Ramona Flowers in my opinion).

    Also, 2012 is easily the year of the alcoholic protagonist. The Master, Smashed, Flight. Am I missing any??

      • I think if anything, Beasts is very UNDERrated. I hear almost nobody talking about it and that’s a shame. Same with Moonrise. Seems to be just Wes Anderson devotees really getting into it – otherwise I’m not hearing much buzz.

        On the other hand you’re right, SLP is the Juno of 2012.

        • of the three I liked Beasts the most but, at least in Toronto, the hype for this thing was insane.

          Moonrise has everyone creaming themselves, are you serious? Guaranteed to be on most top tens at the end of the year, especially R3 cumulative. It left me cold.

          SLP I liked, not a bad movie but nowhere near as great as people are saying.

          • “SLP I liked, not a bad movie but nowhere near as great as people are saying.”

            This. It’s a movie every will go ga-ga for up until the Oscars. Then I can guarantee it will be all but forgotten.

        • Really? I hear buzz practically every day for Beasts. I didn’t quite get the love for it, personally. Great central performance, and I can certainly see why people love it, but it didn’t connect with me personally very much.

          I did love Moonrise Kingdom, though – but I’m a self-professed Wes Anderson devotee, so….

          • Yeah Beasts is getting a lot of love. I’m a big fan – I could see a number of flaws, but very little moved or exhilarated me in the same way this year.

            Moonrise was decent and fun, but too much of the same from Anderson to stand out.

  2. War Witch is a beautiful and touching film! You HAVE to see this! It is a canadian (Quebec) film though, shot in Congo. We are very proud of it here! And I’m proud of my girlfriend who worked on the film with the producers!

    • I completely had this pegged as a doc when I saw it on the VIFF line-up and I just wasn’t ready for another war doc. For some reason, the fact that it’s a drama actually appeals much more. I hope to catch up with it at some point. Have heard nothing but good things.

      And just a note that the movie is also going by REBELLE. I thought that was the “new” official title but seeing this I just don’t know which is which.

  3. I’m with you Rot. I liked Moonrise well enough but I didn’t love it. But then, I’ve never really bought into the Anderson love so it shouldn’t come as a surprise.


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