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Independent Spirit Award 2013 nominees: Oscar patterns begin to form

independentspirit112812_optThe Independent Spirit Award nominations were announced yesterday, and we are beginning to see a pattern in the tea leaves. The best feature nominees echo the Gotham nominations except replace "The Master" (Weinstein) with "Keep the Lights on," a Music Box Film.

Russell O. David's "Silver Linings Playbook" is tied with Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom" for five nominations. O.Russell's film received nominations that included for film, director and for leads Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, Wes Anderson is in the running as we mentioned for best feature, screenplay, Bruce Willis in a supporting role and cinematography for Robert Yeoman.

"Beasts of the Southern Wild" courtesy of Fox Searchlight, is nominated for best feature, director, for its adorable child star Quvenzhane Wallis and for cinematographer Ben Richardson.

Tied with four nominations each is "Keep the Lights On," "Beasts of the Southern Wild" and Ava DuVernay's "Middle of Nowhere."

Female leads are a strong field with Emayatzy Corinealdi, who won in that category last night for "Middle of Nowhere," and a terrific Mary Elizabeth Winstead, who starred in "Smashed." Linda Cardellini is also in the running with "Return," a little-seen film about a female soldier who returns from duty and struggles to find her place in everyday life.

Best male lead has six nominees, with Jack Black ("Bernie"), which should insure a fun evening, Cooper, John Hawkes ("The Sessions"), Thure Lindhardt ("Keep the Lights On"), and Wendell Pierce ("Four"). Matthew McConaughey, who is having a very busy year, has been nominated twice, for best male lead for the bloody "Killer Joe" and he is also nominated in the supporting category for his performance as a stripper in "Magic Mike."

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The Independent Spirit Awards honors films " made with an economy of means" (think cheap) - " by filmmakers who embody independence and originality. The Spirit Awards recognizes the achievements of American independent filmmakers and promotes the finest independent films of the year to a wider audience. "

Awards are given in these categories: Best Feature, Best First Feature, Best First Screenplay, Best Director, Best Screenplay, John Cassavetes Award (given to the best feature made for a budget under $500,000), Best Male Lead, Best Female Lead, Best Supporting Male, Best Supporting Female, Best Cinematography, Best International Film, Best Documentary, and the Robert Altman Award. The Filmmaker Grants include the Piaget Producers Award, Someone to Watch Award, Stella Artois Truer Than Fiction Award and Jameson FIND Your Audience Award.

Below are the complete list of nominees:

2013 FILM INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARD NOMINATIONS

BEST FEATURE (Award given to the Producer, Executive Producers are not awarded)

Beasts of the Southern Wild

PRODUCERS: Michael Gottwald, Dan Janvey & Josh Penn

Bernie

PRODUCERS: Liz Glotzer, Richard Linklater, David McFadzean, Dete Meserve, Judd Payne, Celine Rattray, Martin Shafer, Ginger Sledge, Matt Williams

Keep the Lights On

PRODUCERS: Marie Therese Guirgis, Lucas Joaquin, Ira Sachs

Moonrise Kingdom

PRODUCERS: Wes Anderson, Jeremy Dawson, Steven Rales, Scott Rudin

Silver Linings Playbook

PRODUCERS: Bruce Cohen, Donna Gigliotti, Jonathan Gordon


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

BEST SCREENPLAY

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

BEST FIRST FEATURE (Award given to the director and producer)

Fill the Void

DIRECTOR:  Rama Burshtein

PRODUCER:  Assaf Amir

Gimme the Loot

DIRECTOR:  Adam Leon

PRODUCERS:  Dominic Buchanan, Natalie Difford, Jamund Washington

Safety Not Guaranteed

DIRECTOR:  Colin Trevorrow

PRODUCERS:  Derek Connolly, Stephanie Langhoff, Peter Saraf, Colin Trevorrow, Marc Turtletaub

Sound of My Voice

DIRECTOR:  Zal Batmanglij

PRODUCERS:  Brit Marling, Hans Ritter, Shelley Surpin

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

DIRECTOR:  Stephen Chbosky

PRODUCERS:  Lianne Halfon, John Malkovich, Russell Smith

BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY

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 - Given to the best feature made for under $500,000.  Award given to the writer, director, and producer.  Executive Producers are not awarded.

Breakfast with Curtis

WRITER/DIRECTOR/PRODUCER: Laura Colella

Middle of Nowhere

WRITER/DIRECTOR/PRODUCER: Ava DuVernay

PRODUCERS:  Howard Barish, Paul Garnes

Mosquita y Mari

WRITER/DIRECTOR:  Aurora Guerrero

PRODUCER:  Chad Burris

Starlet

WRITER/DIRECTOR:  Sean Baker

PRODUCERS:  Blake Ashman-Kipervaser, Kevin Chinoy, Patrick Cunningham, Chris Maybach, Francesca Silvestri

The Color Wheel

WRITER/DIRECTOR/PRODUCER:  Alex Ross Perry

WRITER:  Carlen Altman

BEST FEMALE LEAD

Linda Cardellini

Return

Emayatzy Corinealdi

Middle of Nowhere

Jennifer Lawrence

Silver Linings Playbook

Quvenzhané Wallis

Beasts of the Southern Wild

Mary Elizabeth Winstead

Smashed

BEST MALE LEAD

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

BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE

Rosemarie DeWitt

Your Sister’s Sister

Ann Dowd

Compliance

Helen Hunt

The Sessions

Brit Marling

Sound of My Voice

Lorraine Toussaint

Middle of Nowhere

BEST SUPPORTING MALE

Matthew McConaughey

Magic Mike

David Oyelowo


 

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