2013 Independent Spirit Awards NOMINEES

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To the surprise of no one, Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave leads all nominations this year with seven – including of course best picture, best director, best screenplay and three of the four acting categories.

 
And they’re back. Awards season. Of the bigger ceremonies, The Spirit Awards are certainly among the favorites here in the third row. We always feel obliged to kick off our shoes and socks, roll up our cuffs and PBR me ASAP along with the guests of the award show – which will be held on March 1st (the day before the Oscars) literally on a beach in Santa Monica. And to add to the fun, Patton Oswalt will be hosting the awards. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves.

These are just the nominees and the actual statue handout is a long way off. Though there’s not really much in here to be surprised about with these nominations, excitement does begin to build today and we’re super excited about this year’s crop of movies that are actually good!

Catching my eye off the pitch is a nod to Spring Breakers for best cinematography. That’s cool it didn’t get lost in the shuffle. And I didn’t see The Spectacular Now (I don’t think it looks all that interesting), but I am happy to see Shailene Woodley back again for her role. Also Mud being recognized for not only best director (Jeff Nichols), but also getting the Robert Altman Award which is cool.

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

BEST FEATURE
12 Years a Slave
All is Lost
Frances Ha
Inside Llewyn Davis
Nebraska

BEST DIRECTOR
Shane Carruth, Upstream Color
J.C. Chandor, All is Lost
Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave
Jeff Nichols, Mud
Alexander Payne, Nebraska

BEST FEMALE LEAD
Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
Julie Delpy, Before Midnight
Gaby Hoffman, Crystal Fairy
Brie Larson, Short Term 12
Shailene Woodley, The Spectacular Now

BEST MALE LEAD
Bruce Dern, Nebraska
Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave
Oscar Isaac, Inside Llewyn Davis
Michael B. Jordan, Fruitvale Station
Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club
Robert Redford, All Is Lost

BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE
Melonie Diaz, Fruitvale Station
Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine
Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave
Yolonda Ross, Go for Sisters
June Squibb, Nebraska

BEST SUPPORTING MALE
Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave
Will Forte, Nebraska
James Gandolfini, Enough Said
Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
Keith Stanfield, Short Term 12

BEST SCREENPLAY
Woody Allen, Blue Jasmine
Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke and Richard Linklater, Before Midnight
Nicole Holofcener, Enough Said
Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber, The Spectacular Now
John Ridley, 12 Years a Slave

BEST FIRST FEATURE
Blue Caprice
Concussion
Fruitvale Station
Una Noche
Wadjda

BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY
In a World, Lake Bell
Don Jon, Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Nebraska, Bob Nelson
Afternoon Delight, Jill Soloway
The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Peete, Michael Starrbury

JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD – (for features under $500,000)
Computer Chess
Crystal Fairy
Museum Hours
Pit Stop
This Is Martin Bonner

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Sean Bobbit, 12 Years a Slave
Benoit Debie, Spring Breakers
Bruno Delbonnel, Inside Llewyn Davis
Frank G. DeMarco, All Is Lost
Matthias Grunsky, Computer Chess

BEST DOCUMENTARY
20 Feet From Stardom
After Tiller
Gideon’s Army
The Act of Killing
The Square

BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM
A Touch of Sin (China)
Blue Is the Warmest Color (France)
Gloria (Chile)
The Great Beauty (Italy)
The Hunt (Denmark)

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

SOMEONE TO WATCH AWARD
My Sister’s Quinceanera, Aaron Douglas Johnston
Newlyweeds, Shake King
The Foxy Merkins, Madeline Olnek

TRUER THAN FICTION AWARD (given to emerging documentary filmmaker)
A River Changes Course, Kalvanee Mam
Let the Fire Burn, Jason Osder
Manakamana, Stephanie Spray & Pacho Velez

ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD (for ensemble cast)
Mud
Director: Jeff Nichols
Casting Director: Francine Maisler
Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Tye Sheridan, Jacob Lofland, Reese Witherspoon, Joe Don Baker, Sam Shepard, Michael Shannon

Andrew James
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3 Comments

  1. Mike_Rot Crystal Fairy is an odd beast…It never catches air and seems somewhat pointless by the end. There’s certainly moments of interest, but Cera’s character is FAR too annoying for FAR too long to appreciate any growth by the end.
    Magic Magic left me uncertain at times during the film, but by the end I thought it wholly accomplished something quite fantastic.
    Silva’s The Maid is my favourite of his so far…

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