My favorite award show has announced their nominations and Take Shelter and The Artist top the list. Mike Mills’ Beginners, fresh off a surprise co-win at the Gotham Awards last night is also in the running for the top prize. Here is the full list of nominees!:
The Nominees for the 2012 Spirit Awards:
Best Feature (Award given to the Producer)
50/50 – Ben Karlin, Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen
Beginners – Miranda de Pencier, Lars Knudsen, Jan Van Hoy, Leslie Urdang, Dean Vanech
Drive – Michel Litvak, John Palermo, Marc Platt, Gigi Pritzker, Adam Siegel
Take Shelter – Tyler Davidson, Sophia Lin
The Artist – Thomas Langmann, Emmanuel Montamat
The Descendants – Jim Burke, Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor
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 – Director: Mike Cahill; Producers: Mike Cahill, Hunter Gray, Brit Marling, Nicholas Shumaker
In The Family – Director: Patrick Wang; Producers: Robert Tonino, Andrew van den Houten, Patrick Wang
Margin Call – Director: J.C. Chandor; Producers: Robert Ogden Barnum, Michael Benaroya, Neal Dodson, Joe Jenckes, Corey Moosa, Zachary Quinto
Martha Marcy May Marlene – Director: Sean Durkin; Producers: Antonio Campos, Patrick Cunningham, Chris Maybach, Josh Mond
Natural Selection – Director: Robbie Pickering; Producers: Brion, Hambel, Paul Jensen
John Cassavetes Award
(Given to the best feature made for under $500,000; award given to the writer, director, and producer)
Bellflower – Writer/Director: Evan Glodell; Producers: Evan Glodell, Vincent Grashaw
Circumstance – Writer/Director: Maryam Kesahavarz; Producers: Karin Chien, Maryan Keshavarz, Melissa M. Lee
Hello Lonesome – Writer/Director/Producer: Adam Reid
Pariah – Writer/Director: Dee Rees; Producer: Nekisa Cooper
The Dynamiter – Writers: Matthew Gordon, Brad Ingelsby; Director: Matthew Gordon; Producers: Kevin Abrams, Matthew Gordon, Merilee Holt, Nate Tuck, Amile Wilson
Mike Mills, Beginners
Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon & Jim Rash, The Descendants
Joseph Cedar, Footnote
Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Tom McCarthy, Win Win
Best First Screenplay
Mike Cahill & Brit Marling, Another Earth
Patrick deWitt, Terri
Phil Johnston, Cedar Rapids
Will Reiser, 50/50
J.C. Chandor, Margin Call
Best Female Lead
Elizabeth Olsen, Martha Marcy May Marlene
Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn
Rachael Harris, Natural Selection
Adepero Oduye, Pariah
Lauren Ambrose, Think of Me
Best Male Lead
Michael Shannon, Take Shelter
Woody Harrelson, Rampart
Ryan Gosling, Drive
Jean Dujardin, The Artist
Demian Bichir, A Better Life
Best Supporting Female
Jessica Chastain, Take Shelter
Anjelica Huston, 50/50
Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs
Harmony Santana, Gun Hill Road
Shailenne Woodley, The Descendants
Best Supporting Male
Albert Brooks, Drive
John Hawkes, Martha Marcy May Marlene
Christopher Plummer, Beginners
Corey Stoll, Midnight in Paris
John C. Reilly, Cedar Rapids
Joel Hodge, Bellflower
Darius Khondji, Midnight in Paris
Guillaume Schiffman, The Artist
Benjamin Kasulke, The Off-Hours
Jeffrey Waldron, The Dynamiter
Best Documentary (Award given to the director)
Jarreth Merz, An African Election
Richard Press, Bill Cunningham New York
Steve James, The Interrupters
David Weissman, We Were Here
Eric Strauss and Daniele Anastasion, The Redemption of General Butt Naked
Best Foreign Film (Award given to the director)
Asghar Farhadi, Separation
Lars Von Trier, Melancholia
Steve McQueen, Shame
Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, The Kid With a Bike
Paddy Considine, Tyrannosaur
Robert Altman Award
(Given to one film’s director, casting director, and its ensemble cast)
Margin Call – Director: J.C. Chandor; Casting Directors: Tiffany Little Canfield, Bernard Telsey; Cast: Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Irons, Zachary Quinto, Penn Badgley, Simon Baker, Mary McDonnell, Demi Moore, Stanley Tucci, Aasif Mandvi, Ashley Williams
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
Surprised at 50/50, pleasantly surprised at Drive (even though I’ve yet to see it) and the awesome Bellflower
snubs include Glenn Close, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, last night’s Gotham award winner Felicity Jones and perhaps most surprisingly George Clooney
Corey Stoll’s inclusion as the only acting nom for Midnight in Paris is also surprising
Take Shelter deserves a look. Good script and well acted.
Take Shelter was good so was Martha Marcy May Marlene. I also liked Beginners quite a bit and Bellflower was awesomeness.
Another Earth had the creepiest ending in years.
I have very little interest in The Descendents
I want to see Pariah.
The Spirits seem very LGBT-friendly this year (Pariah, Beginners, Gun Hill Road, Albert Nobbs, etc)…
Or are they always and I just don’t notice it usually?
Bombay Beach is available on demand. Anyone see it? How is it?
Yeah, Film Independent loves the gays. Remember Milk won a couple years ago.
The Spirit Awards are kind of a joke though. They’re definition of “indie” is a film made for under $20 million. I mean, come on, how is the guy who shot The Dynamiter supposed to compete with Darius Khandji? It all seems sort of silly to me.
Still, it’s an entertaining show to balance out the Oscars.
Btw – Natural Selection was a pile o’ poo.
Aren’t all award shows kind of a joke? (the golden globes and even the Oscars are worse IMHO)
They are just a fun time to chill and predict and have a few cocktails and parties, etc.
None of them really matter too much in the long run IMO….
No, you are right, they don’t matter. The difference here is that Film Independent prides itself as being an org for independent filmmakers (which it is). So it’s kinda silly to me that they’ll recognize Black Swan or The Descendants just because they weren’t produced by one of the six major studios.
At least there’s the John Cassavetes Award. Those are pretty “real” independent films.
Let’s face it….
If the spirit awards were full of just indie indie films, only hardcore film fans would care (and in some cases, they are still the only ones who care) but IFC wants people to tune in.
Same with the Oscars. It would be great to see Bellflower, Absentia, Myth of the American Sleepover, Burning Palms and X competing for the best picture Oscar…. But that ain’t gonna happen.
Wasn’t The Descendants produced by 20th Century Fox? What is the criteria for films being nominated? I thought they had to be produced and financed outside of the Hollywood system.
I think the only requirements are that they have to be produced by an independent production company and cost less than $20 million. The Descendants is being distributed by Fox (or more specifically, Searchlight) but they didn’t produce the film.
The Oscars and Golden Globes are pretty up front about what they are. They are about Hollywood movies. There is very little pretense from them saying otherwise.
I’m pretty sure 20th Century Fox produced the film or had a hand in financing it. Not all Searchlight films are acquisitions.
I just saw on imdb News that the host for the Independent Spirit Awards will be… Seth Rogen?
Couldn’t they have chosen someone who’s, I don’t know, actually involved in some way with independent films? Oh well, I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. This is the awards show that considers films like 50/50, Beginners and The Descendants to be “independent”, after all.
I have a feeling Drive will win Best Picture.