Home Movies Spirit Award Noms: The Artist, Descendants, Drive, etc

The Indie Spirit Award nominations are out. Best Feature choices are “The Artist,” “The Descendants,” “Drive,” “Take Shelter,” “50-50,” and “Beginners.” They are weird choices considering the first two will be Oscar nominees definitely. And indie spirit sort of pointed to things like “Martha Marcy May Marlene” and smaller releases like “Rampart.” Great supporting actor noms for Albert Brooks and Corey Stoll.

Best Feature (Award given to the Producer)
50/50

Beginners

Drive

Take Shelter

The Artist

The Descendants

Best Director
Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist

Mike Mills, Beginners

Jeff Nichols, Take Shelter

Alexander Payne, The Descendants

Nicolas Winding Refn, Drive

Best First Feature (Award given to the director and producer)
Another Earth

In The Family

Margin Call

Martha Marcy May Marlene

Natural Selection

John Cassavetes Award
(Given to the best feature made for under $500,000; award given to the writer, director, and producer)
Bellflower

Circumstance

Hello Lonesome

Pariah

The Dynamiter

Best Screenplay
Beginners

The Descendants

Footnote

The Artist

Win Win

Best First Screenplay
Another Earth

Terri

Cedar Rapids

50/50

Margin Call

Best Female Lead
Elizabeth Olsen

Michelle Williams

Rachael Harris

Adepero Oduye

Lauren Ambrose

Best Male Lead
Michael Shannon

Woody Harrelson

Ryan Golsing

Jean Dujardin

Demian Bichir

Best Supporting Female
Jessica Chastain

Anjelica Huston

Janet McTeer

Harmony Santana

Shaileene Woodley

Best Supporting Male
Albert Brooks

John Hawkes

Christopher Plummer

Corey Stoll

John C. Reilly

Best Cinematography
Bellflower

Midnight in Paris

The Artist

The Off-Hours

The Dynamiter

Best Documentary (Award given to the director)
An African Election

Bill Cunningham New York

The Interrupters

We Were Here

The Redemption of General Butt Naked

Best Foreign Film (Award given to the director)
A Separation

Melancholia

Shame

The Kid With a Bike

Tyrannosaur

Robert Altman Award
(Given to one film’s director, casting director, and its ensemble cast)
Margin Call

Piaget Producers Award
Chad Burris (Mosquito y Mari)

Sophia Lynn (Take Shelter)

Josh Bond (Martha Marcy May Marlene)

Someone to Watch Award
Simon Arthur (Silver Tongues)

Mark Jackson (Without)

Nicholas Ozeki (Mamitas)

Truer Than Fiction Award
Where Soldiers Come From

Hell and Back Again

Bombay Beach

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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