Indie Spirit Award Nominations Analysis- ‘Moonrise Kingdom,’ ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ Lead Noms (UPDATED)

Indie Spirit Award Nominations Analysis- 'Moonrise Kingdom,' 'Silver Linings Playbook' Lead Noms (UPDATED)

The Indie Spirit Award Nominations came rolling in this morning, with “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” “Bernie,” “Keep the Lights On,” “Moonrise Kingdom” and “Silver Linings Playbook” all securing Best Feature nominations. Expected frontrunner “Beasts of the Southern Wild” yielded three nominations, while “Moonrise Kingdom” and “Silver Linings Playbook” secured five apiece.

Fox Searchlight led the field with nine nominations, including “Beasts,” “The Sessions,” “Ruby Sparks” and “The Sound of My Own Voice.” “Perks of Being A Wallflower” landed best first feature, but nothing for its actors. And even with six nominations for male lead, Jake Gyllenhaal did not secure a spot for “End of Watch,” while his co-star Michael Pena nabbed a supporting actor nod.

Looking ahead to the Oscar race, “Beasts” star Quvenzhane Wallis moves forward, along with “Silver Linings Playbook,” “The Sessions,” and “Moonrise Kingdom,” which got badly needed boosts. Interestingly, Matthew McConaughey earned two nominations: lead for “Killer Joe,” and supporting for “Magic Mike.” Ann Dowd, who has been mounting her own awards campaign for “Compliance,” ended up in supporting, which makes no sense whatsoever. 

The docs getting a leg up on the intense awards competition this year: AIDs history “How to Survive a Plague” (Sundance Selects), performance art doc “Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present” (HBO/Music Box), Ken Burns’ “The Central Park Five” (PBS/Sundance Selects), Kirby Dick’s military rape expose “The Invisible War” (Cinedigm) and self-distributed “The Waiting Room,” from feature rookie Peter Nicks, who also was nominated for the truer-than-fiction award.

And the Weinsteins worked their usual magic, persuading the Indie Spirits that “Silver Linings Playbook” was eligible despite costing a reported $21 million (the cap is supposed to be $15 million). Last year they managed to put French film “The Artist” over as an American indie, thus robbing the Spirit Awards of any drama.

Full list below.

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”
  • Martin McDonagh, “Seven Psychopaths”

BEST FEMALE LEAD:

  • LInda Cardellini, “Return”
  • Emayatzy Corinealdi, “Middle of Nowhere”
  • Jennifer Lawrence, “Silver Linings Playbook”
  • Quvenzhane Wallis, “Beasts of the Southern Wild”
  • Mary Elizabeth Winstead, “Smashed”

BEST MALE LEAD:

  • Jack Black, “Bernie”
  • Bradley Cooper, “Silver Linings Playbook”
  • John Hawkes, “The Sessions”
  • Thur Lindhardt, “Keep the Lights On”
  • Matthew McConaughey, “Killer Joe”
  • Wendell Pierce, “Four”

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 FEATURE:

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

BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY:

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

BEST SUPPORTING MALE:

  • Matthew McConaughey, “Magic Mike”
  • David Oyelowo, “Middle of Nowhere”
  • Sam Rockwell, “Seven Psychopaths”
  • Bruce Willis, “Moonrise Kingdom”
  • Michael Pena, “End of Watch”

BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE:

  • Rosemarie Dewitt, “Your Sister’s Sister”
  • Ann Dowd, “Compliance”
  • Helen Hunt, “The Sessions”
  • Brit Marling, “The Sound of My Voice”
  • Lorraine Toussaint, “The Middle of Nowhere”

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY:

  • Yoni Brook, “Valley of Saints”
  • Lol Crowley, “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 INTERNATIONAL FILM:

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

JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD:

  • “Breakfast with Curtis”
  • “Middle of Nowhere”
  • “Mosquita y Mari”
  • “Starlet”
  • “The Color Wheel”

PIAGET PRODUCERS AWARD:

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

STELLA ARTOIS TRUER THAN FICTION AWARD:

  • “Leviathan,” dirs. Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Verena Paravel
  • “The Waiting Room,” dir. Peter Nicks
  • “Only the Young,” dirs. Jasonyyee Tippet, Elizabeth Mimms

19TH ANNUAL SOMEONE TO WATCH AWARD:

  • David Fenster, “Pincus”
  • Adam Leon, “Gimme the Loot”
  • Rebecca Thomas, “Electrick Children”

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

“Starlet”

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jesseislameee

The cap for Spirit Awards eligibility is $20 million, not $15 million, though ultimately it is the desecration of the nominating committee if they choose to consider a film exceeding that eligibility limit.

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