2013 Independent Spirit Award Nominations Announced

And just like that, awards season is upon us. I’d like to say that it’s a time of year when your chances of seeing a great film in theatres are significantly increased, but I don’t know if that’s entirely true. Either way, the Independent Spirit Awards kicked things off today with their full list of nominations, which could potentially influence Oscar chances for some filmmakers and actors. I’m guessing that at least a few of these folks will be in the running.

David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook and Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom led the way with 5 nominations each, while Beasts of the Southern Wild and Keep the Lights On both earned 4. It’s awesome to see Matthew McConaughey recognized for both Magic Mike and Killer Joe, but a little disappointing that The Imposter was overlooked for Best Documentary. What do you think of this year’s Spirit Award nominees? Check out the full list after the jump.

BEST FEATURE

  • Beasts of the Southern Wild
  • Bernie
  • Keep the Lights on
  • Moonrise Kingdom
  • Silver Linings Playbook

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 FIRST FEATURE

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

JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD
(Best feature made for under $500,000)

  • Breakfast With Curtis
  • Middle of Nowhere
  • Mosquita Y Mari
  • The Color Wheel
  • Starlet

BEST SCREENPLAY

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

BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY

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

BEST FEMALE LEAD

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

BEST MALE LEAD

  • Jack Black, Bernie
  • Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook
  • John Hawkes, The Sessions
  • Thure Lindhart, 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, Middle of Nowhere
  • Michael Pena, End of Watch
  • Sam Rockwell, Seven Psychopaths
  • Bruce Willis, Moonrise Kingdom

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

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

BEST DOCUMENTARY

  • How to Survive a Plague
  • Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present
  • The Central Park Five
  • The Invisible War
  • The Waiting Room

BEST FOREIGN FILM

  • Amour
  • Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
  • Rust and Bone
  • Sister
  • War Witch

ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD
(Given to one film’s director, casting director, and its ensemble cast)

  • Starlet

PIAGET PRODUCERS AWARD

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

ACURA SOMEONE TO WATCH AWARD

  • David Fenster, Pincus
  • Adam Leon, Gimme the Loot
  • Rebecca Thomas, Eletrick Children

STELLA ARTOIS TRUER THAN FICTION AWARD

  • Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Verena Paravel, Leviathan
  • Peter Nicks, The Waiting Room
  • Jason Yee Tippet and Elizabeth Mimms, Only the Young

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  • La Menthe

    Again, another award that only nominates English-speaking or American films, like the Oscars. And just like the Oscars, it can go fuck itself, because their limitation in types of films getting qualified make them logically and artistically unimportant/irrelevant.

  • rjdelight

    How is Silver Linings Playbook an independent film?

  • UKMark

    @ La Menthe, It’s all about back slapping, pocket filling, and ego’s being forfilled..oh am I being cynical again!? It’s a bit like Polls, bull and shit.

  • Jonathan

    I agree about the awards. People who actually think Oscars mean something are fucking idiots.

  • http://www.seandwyer.net Sean

    rjdelight: The main requirement is that the films have a budget of $20 million or less. But yes, the debate over what “independent” really means continues to rage on.

  • La Menthe

    @Sean

    Silver Lining has a budget of 21 million.

  • http://www.seandwyer.net Sean

    Sounds like maybe they did some creative accounting to prove that it was under $20 mil.

  • Brendan

    Seems like the docs that get nominated & win awards are more about the subject they cover than the way they tell the story. So expose, news-type docs get the awards over docs that feature strong narratives and interesting character developement. It seems like the prerequisite for these docs is to cover a subject that makes the viewer say, “Oh, I didn’t know about that, how interesting!” They should just change the name of the documentary catagory for all these awards to “Best Film That Could Also Be A Story On A News Magazine Show.”

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