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by Peter Knegt
November 26, 2013 1:36 PM
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'12 Years a Slave' Leads 2014 Spirit Award Nominations

"12 Years a Slave." Fox Searchlight

The 29th Annual Film Independent Spirit Award nominations were announced this morning in Los Angeles, and Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" led the field with 7 nominations including best feature, best director and acting nods for Chiwetel Ejiofor, Lupita Nyong'o and Michael Fassbender.

"12 Years" was joined in the snub-heavy best feature category by JC Chandor's "All Is Lost," Noah Baumbach's "Frances Ha," Joel & Ethan Coen's "Inside Llewyn Davis" and Alexander Payne's "Nebraska." Not present were the likes of Richard Linklater's "Before Midnight," David Lowery's "Ain't Them Bodies Saints," Nicole Holofcener's "Enough Said," Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine," Destin Cretton's "Short Term 12" and Jean-Marc Vallée's "Dallas Buyers Club." Though all of those films -- save the entirely snubbed "Saints" -- were present elsewhere.  This clearly goes to show what a standout year it was for American independent film. 

"Frances Ha." IFC

Click here for our take on the 10 biggest surprises of the nominations, while the full list is below.
BEST FEATURE (Award given to the Producer, Executive Producers are not awarded)
12 Years a Slave
PRODUCERS: Dede Gardner, Anthony Katagas, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueen, Arnon Milchan, Brad Pitt, Bill Pohlad
All Is Lost
PRODUCERS: Neal Dodson, Anna Gerb
Frances Ha
PRODUCERS: Noah Baumbach, Scott Rudin, Rodrigo Teixeira, Lila Yacoub
Inside Llewyn Davis
PRODUCERS: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, Scott Rudin
PRODUCERS: Albert Berger, Ron Yerxa
Shane Carruth
Upstream Color
J.C. Chandor
All Is Lost
Steve McQueen
12 Years a Slave
Jeff Nichols
Alexander Payne
Woody Allen
Blue Jasmine
Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke & Richard Linklater
Before Midnight
Nicole Holofcener
Enough Said
Scott Neustadter &
Michael H. Weber
The Spectacular Now
John Ridley
12 Years a Slave

BEST FIRST FEATURE (Award given to the director and producer)
Blue Caprice
PRODUCERS: Kim Jackson, Brian O'Carroll, Isen Robbins, Will Rowbotham, Ron Simons, Aimee Schoof, Stephen Tedeschi
DIRECTOR: Stacie Passon
PRODUCER: Rose Troche
Fruitvale Station
DIRECTOR: Ryan Coogler
PRODUCERS: Nina Yang Bongiovi, Forest Whitaker
Una Noche
PRODUCERS: Sandy Pérez Aguila, Maite Artieda, Daniel Mulloy, Yunior Santiago
DIRECTOR: Haifaa Al Mansour
PRODUCERS: Gerhard Meixner, Roman Paul

"Fruitvale Station." TWC

Lake Bell
In A World
Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Don Jon
Bob Nelson
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.  Award given to the writer, director, and producer.  Executive Producers are not awarded.
Computer Chess
WRITER/DIRECTOR: Andrew Bujalski
PRODUCERS: Houston King & Alex Lipschultz
Crystal Fairy
WRITER/DIRECTOR: Sebastiàn Silva
PRODUCERS: Juan de Dios Larraín & Pablo Larraín
Museum Hours
PRODUCERS: Paolo Calamita & Gabriele Kranzelbinder
Pit Stop
WRITER: David Lowery
PRODUCERS: Jonathan Duffy, James M. Johnston,
Eric Steele, Kelly Williams
This is Martin Bonner
PRODUCER: Cherie Saulter


  • Patricio | November 27, 2013 8:16 PMReply

    BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM (Award given to the director)
    It's Sebastián LELIO, not LeliA

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  • Bloost | November 27, 2013 7:49 AMReply

    Why is Witherspoon getting an award? She only had a cameo in Mud and was horrible there. And didn't she get arrested recently?

  • coattails | November 27, 2013 1:40 PM

    Yes, but to be fair, Witherspoon is only getting recognized as part of the cast, who are all included in that award.

  • TV | November 26, 2013 4:12 PMReply

    What is the purpose of these awards? Again it's the same old Oscar re-hash with some sort-of indies thrown in that won't win. Stop supporting this bogus organization that exploits true independent filmmakers.

  • ECP | November 26, 2013 3:58 PMReply

    As usual the Firsts--First Feature and First Screenplay--are swell reminders of titles that may have gone MIA during the year but should be checked out on DVD and elsewhere. Happy to see "The Spectacular Now" remembered, Oscar Isaac getting a nod, and hopeful gifted Sally Hawkins keeps getting noms. Sarah Polly and "Stories We Tell" absent?! (Unless that qualified last year?)

  • jon | November 26, 2013 3:27 PMReply

    Wow, no Greta Gerwig in the Best Female Lead category? Talk about a snub. And a confusing one at that, seeing as how they found room for Cate Blanchett in a Woody Allen movie nobody saw/cared about and Julie Delphy for playing basically the same character in the same movie a third time.

  • Jon | December 2, 2013 3:30 PM


    I'm confused over the fact that people still go to see Woody Allen movies when he hasn't made a decent one since the late 80s. That said, I'm glad that box office returns are your gauge for measuring artistic merit. So punk rock. Seriously f--- Cate Blanchett and f--- that cradle robber's movie.

  • idk | November 27, 2013 1:44 PM

    I'm surprised, too, that Gerwig didn't get nominated, but I also haven't seen Gaby Hoffman in Crystal Fairy, either. I've seen the other four nominees and think their nominations are well-deserved.

  • Wowzer | November 27, 2013 2:35 AM

    That Woody Allen movie that "no one saw/cared about" has grossed $33M at the U.S. box office so far, putting it in Mr. Allen's top five moneymakers. What did you accomplish this year, Jon?

    Meanwhile, Cate Blanchett has pretty much been the front-runner for the Best Actress award (all the Best Actress awards) since the day the movie came out. What are you confused about again?

  • jm | November 26, 2013 2:47 PMReply

    Great to see Lupita Nyong and Jared Leto in supporting - both very moving performances!

  • Ali | November 26, 2013 1:41 PMReply

    Where is Octavia Spencer for Fruitvale Station ?

  • Will | November 26, 2013 5:23 PM

    I thought she was overrated. Sure, she did a solid job, but just because she's a previous Oscar winner everybody thinks she's the best.