Independent Spirit Awards Nominations Announced

By Nov 29, 2011 Comment (0)

Ryan Gosling Drive

Some would say that it’s time for the final countdown but I will say it’s time to get a bit enthusiastic.

After all, we’re here to talk about the 27th Annual Independent Spirit Awards, not Oscar night! Still, I like nominations, they usually (and not always) show us what’s best in independent film at this moment, so what can I tell you guys, sit down and enjoy the full list of nominations for Spirit!


I’m sure you’re not surprised at all. We all know that The Artist made a big-boom so no wonder this movie got five nominations including Best Feature, Best Director, Best Male Lead, Best Cinematography and Best Screenplay. That’s nice, except The Artist isn’t an independent movie(!?).

Take Shelter on the other hand reached the same number of nominations, while Drive, 50/50, Beginners and The Descendants all share nominations for probably the most exciting category – Best Feature.


I’m also interested in Best Male Lead category where we have Woody Harrelson nominated for his bad cop role in Rampart and Ryan Gosling for Drive, as well as Demian Bichir, Jean Dujardin and Michael Shannon.

Elizabeth Olsen

Who should win, Harrelson or Gosling? Hard to decide, but when it comes to Best Female category, I definitely think Elizabeth Olsen is the lucky winner.

Anyway, winners will be announced at the Film Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday, February 25th, 2012 and until then – let the online free bets start!

Pick your favorite category and bet with me guys!

Here’s the full list of nominees:

Best Feature
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
Angelica Huston – 50/50
Janet McTeer – Albert Nobbs
Harmony Santana – Gun Hill Road
Shaileen Woodley – The Descendants

John Cassavettes Award
Hello Lonesome
The Dynamiter

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

Best International Film
A Separation
The Kid With A Bike

Best Cinematography
Joel Hodge – Bellflower
Benjamin Kuh-Sulk – The Off Hours
Darius Khondji – Midnight In Paris
Guillaume Shiffman – The Artist
Jeffrey Waldron – The Dynamiter

Best Screenplay
Joseph Cedar – Footnote
Michel Hazanivicius – The Artist
Tom McCarthy – Win Win
Mike Mills – Beginners
Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon & Jim Rash – The Descendants

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

Truer Than Fiction Award
Heather Courtney
Danfung Dennis
Alma Har’El

Piaget Producers Award
Chad Burris
Sophia Lin
Josh Mond

Someone To Watch
Simon Arthur
Mark Jackson
Nicholas Ozeki

Robert Altman Award – Margin Call

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