Nominees For The 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards

12 years a slave

The nominees for the 29th Film Independent Spirit Awards were announced earlier today. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the Spirit Awards, it honors and celebrates the year’s achievements of independent film. All too often, especially during the awards season when most of the attention is geared towards the Golden Globes and the Academy Awards, independent films and the artistry behind them are undeservedly left in the dark. Sometimes however, the Spirit Awards leads many films on the road to Oscar glory.

Some of the nominees, such as Steve McQueen’s powerful film 12 Years A Slave, Alexander Payne’s Nebraska, Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine, J.C. Chandor’s All Is Lost, and the Coen Brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis all have very good chances of receiving Oscar nominations in multiple categories. 12 Years A Slave leads the pack of nominees with a total of seven nominations, including Best Feature, Best Director, Best Male Lead, Best Supporting Male, and Best Supporting Female. The film was also nominated for its masterful cinematography and John Ridley’s screenplay.

Alexander Payne’s black-and-white dramedy Nebraska trailed slightly behind 12 Years A Slave in total nominations, earning a total of six including Best Feature, Best Director, Best Male Lead, Best Supporting Male Lead, Best Supporting Female Lead, and Best First Screenplay. Although the film has been warmly received by critics and has been doing well in its limited theatrical release so far, the film hasn’t been on the radar for considerable Oscar buzz, despite a nomination lock for Bruce Dern’s leading performance. With the amount of nominations, Nebraska could potentially earn some more Oscar love.

Other notable nominees include Inside Llewyn Davis, All Is Lost, and Blue Jasmine. It’s also worthy to mention the nominations for the engaging indie drama Short Term 12. Brie Larson deservedly earned a nomination for Best Female Lead and newcomer Keith Stanfield earned a nomination for Best Supporting Male for his impressive performance as a troubled teenager.

It’s actually shocking to notice that the film itself was snubbed out from the Best Feature category as well as Best Director and Best Screenplay. It’s easily one of the best films of the year, alongside Frances Ha and The Spectacular Now, which oddly didn’t receive as many nominations as I was expecting. (Note: How can you not nominate Greta Gerwig for her charming performance in Frances Ha or Miles Teller for his Oscar-worthy performance The Spectacular Now? It doesn’t make sense to me.)

Below is a complete list of nominees for the 29th Film Independent Spirit Awards, which will be held on March 1st, 2014 and will be hosted by Patton Oswalt.


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 SCREENPLAY

Woody Allen – Blue Jasmine

Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke and Richard Linklater – Before Midnight

Nicole Holofcener – Enough Said

Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber – The Spectacular Now

John Ridley – 12 Years A Slave


BEST FIRST FEATURE

Blue Caprice – Alexandre Moors (producer/director), Kim Jackson, Brian O’Carroll, Isen Robbins, Will Rowbotham, Ron Simons, Aimee Schoof, Stephen Tedeschi (producers)

Concussion – Stacie Passon (director), Rose Troche (producer)

Fruitvale Station – Ryan Coogler (director), Nina Yang Bongiovi and Forest Whitaker (producers)

Una Noche – Lucy Mulloy (producer/director), Sandy Pérez Aguila, Maite Artieda, Daniel Mulloy, Yunior Santiago (producers)

Wadjda – Haifaa Al Mansour (director), Gehard Meixner and Roman Paul (producers)


BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY

Lake Bell – In A World

Joseph Gordon-Levitt – Don Jon

Bob Nelson – Nebraska

Jill Soloway – Afternoon Delight

Michael Starrbury – The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete


JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD
(given to the best feature made for under $500,000. The award will be given to the writer, director, and producer.)

Computer Chess – Andrew Bujalski (writer/director), Houston King and Alex Lipschultz (producers)

Crystal Fairy – Sebastián Silva (writer/director), Juan de Dios Larraín and Pablo Larraín (producers)

Museum Hours – Jem Cohen (writer/director), Paolo Calamita and Gabriele Kranzelbinder (producers)

Pit Stop – Yen Tan (director), David Lowery (writer), Jonathan Duffy, James M. Johnston, Eric Steele, Kelly Williams (Producers)

This is Martin Bonner – Chad Hartigan (writer/director), Cherie Saulter (producer)


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 CINEMATOGRAPHY

12 Years A Slave

Spring Breakers

Inside Llewyn Davis

All Is Lost

Computer Chess


BEST EDITING

Shane Carruth and David Lowery – Upstream Color

Jem Cohen and Marc Vives – Museum Hours

Jennifer Lame – Frances Ha

Cindy Lee – Una Noche

Nat Sanders – Short Term 12


BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

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)


ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD
(award given to the film’s director, casting director, and its ensemble cast)

Mud – Jeff Nichols (director)

Casting Director: Francine Maisler

Ensemble Cast:  Joe Don Baker, Jacob Lofland, Matthew McConaughey, Ray McKinnon, Sarah Paulson, Michael Shannon, Sam Shepard, Tye Sheridan, Paul Sparks, Bonnie Sturdivant, Reese Witherspoon


20th ANNUAL SOMEONE TO WATCH AWARD
(This award recognizes a talented filmmaker of singular vision who has not yet received appropriate recognition.)

Aaron Douglas Johnston – My Sister’s Quinceañera

Shaka King – Newlyweeds

Madeline Olnek – The Foxy Merkins


19th ANNUAL STELLA ARTOIS TRUER THAN FICTION AWARD
(The award, sponsored by Stella Artois, is presented to an emerging director of non-fiction features who has not yet received recognition for his or her work. The award includes a $25,000 grant.)

Kalyanee Mam – A River Changes Course

Jason Osder – Let The Fire Burn

Stephanie Spray and Pacho Velez – Manakamana

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