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For Your Consideration: Independent Spirit Awards Have Plenty to Choose From (But Don't Expect Much Oscar Crossover)

Photo of Peter Knegt By Peter Knegt | Indiewire October 23, 2012 at 12:58PM

With nominations announced Tuesday, the Spirits promise to be a surprising representation of the year in American independent film. But will this year’s event be much less Oscar-friendly than last year’s?
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Holy Motors
Eva Mendes and Denis Lavant in 'Holy Motors'
Best Foreign Film

Prediction: Amour, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Holy Motors, Rust and Bone, Take This Waltz
Spoilers: Ginger and Rosa, The Intouchables, Kill List, A Royal Affair, Seven Psychopaths, Sister

This category is always quite interesting in that it often honors both foreign-language films and English-language films made outside the United States. As a result, "The King’s Speech” beat “Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives” and “Of Gods and Men” two years ago, though last year "A Separation" won here just like it did at the Oscars.

This year, the English language likes of "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," "Ginger and Rosa," "Seven Psychopaths" and "Take This Waltz" square off against mostly French competitions (what a year for French language cinema): "Amour," "Holy Motors," "The Intouchables" and "Rust and Bone" could all represent the French language.


Best Documentary

Prediction: How To Survive a Plague, The House I Live In, The Invisible War, The Queen of Versailles, Searching For Sugar Man
Spoilers: Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, Bully, The Central Park Five, Detropia, Head Games, Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present, Only The Young, The Revisionaries, Room 237, Samsara, West of Memphis

As the recent IDA Award nominations helped made clear, another thing 2012 has going for it is an extraordinary output of documentary filmmaking.  How the Spirit Awards end up choosing to represent that is probably the toughest call of all; historically, they have very much gone their own way in this category.

Steve James’ “The Interrupters” won last year, helping make up for an Oscar snub. James is in the mix again this year with "Head Games," but there's a lot of competition in "The House I Live In," "How To Survive a Plague," "The Invisible War," "Samsara," "Searching For Sugar Man" and "The Queen of Versailles." And what makes this perhaps the most interesting of all categories to watch is largely because of much it probably won’t look anything like it’s Oscar counterpart.

For Your Consideration is a weekly column by Indiewire's Senior Editor and awards guru, Peter Knegt. Follow him on Twitter and check out his weekly Oscar prediction chart updates.

For Your Consideration is a weekly column by Indiewire's Senior Editor and awards guru, Peter Knegt. Follow him on Twitter and check out his weekly Oscar prediction chart updates.

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