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Take Shelter, Beginners and Drive among Spirit nominees

Take Shelter, Beginners and Drive among Spirit nominees

Take Shelter, Beginners and Drive among Spirit nominees

Next year’s celebration of American independent cinema, the beach-front Spirit Awards, will feature a range of highly regarded films including Take Shelter, Beginners, Drive and the upcoming The Artist and The Descendants.

Two British films will be hoping to follow the rather counter-intuitive lead of last year’s awards darling The King’s Speech, which took the Best Foreign Film prize at this most parochial of ceremonies last year. It’s not about the language at the Spirits, but the country of origin – the prizes are primarily for American films, with all other nationalities reduced to one category. This year, the newly retitled “Best International Film” category will see Shame and Tyrannosaur up against Belgium’s The Kid With a Bike, Iran’s A Separation and Denmark’s Melancholia.

Oddly, an exception to the rule seems to have come in the shape of the French film, The Artist, whose notices have been so impressive, it cannot be constrained to a single category; it isn’t up for the Best International Film, but five of the main categories, including Best Feature, Best Director and Best Screenplay – a category which also includes Israel’s Joseph Cedar for Footnote.

The only other film to have received as many nominations is Take Shelter, which is in the running for the Best Feature, Best Director, Piaget New Producer, Best Actor for Michael Shannon and Best Supporting Actress for the ubiquitous Jessica Chastain – someone certain to have received a nomination, the only question was for which film.

A more established actor to shine particularly this year is John C Reilly, who finds himself nominated for the Best Supporting Actor honour – but not for his astonishing upcoming performance in Roman Polanski’s Carnage, but for the broad comedy Cedar Rapids – a film that feels slightly out of place in a competition that sees itself as being more artistic than commercial, which makes its second nomination for Best First Screenplay even more unexpected.

Another contender for the Best First Screenplay award is Will Reiser for the Best Feature-nominated 50/50, for which Anjelica Houston is also recognised in the Supporting Actress category.

The films to feature in most categories, after Take Shelter and The Artist, are Drive – for which Ryan Gosling is recognised as a Best Actor hopeful while Albert Brooks is up for the supporting actor prize, Beginners – which sees Christopher Plummer in line for the Best Supporting Actor award, The Descendants – which sees newcomer Shailene Woodley earn a Best Supporting Actress nomination alongside Alexander Payne for writing and directing and Martha Marcy May Marlene, for which John Hawkes is hoping to repeat last year’s success in the Best Supporting Actor category for Winter’s Bone.

Other high profile nominees include Michelle Williams for her eponymous role in My Week With Marilyn and Woody Harrelson’s rogue LA cop in Rampart.

A back on form Woody Allen failed to secure any nominations for his well-received Midnight in Paris, but there were nominations for his cinematographer Darius Khondji and Corey Stoll, for his supporting role as Ernest Hemmingway.

Film Independent’s Spirit Awards will be handed out on February 25th, the day before the Oscars.

 

THE INDEPENDENT SPIRIT NOMINATIONS IN FULL:

BEST FEATURE

  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 SCREENPLAY

  Joseph Cedar – Footnote

  Michel Hazanavicius – The Artist

  Tom McCarthy – Win Win

  Mike Mills – Beginners

  Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash – The Descendants

BEST FIRST FEATURE

  Another Earth

  In The Family

  Margin Call

  Martha Marcy May Marlene

  Natural Selection

BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY

  Mike Cahill, Brit Marling – Another Earth

  JC Chandor – Margin Call

  Patrick deWitt – Terri

  Phil Johnston – Cedar Rapids

  Will Reiser – 50/50

JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD (Under $500,000)

  Bellflower

  Circumstance

  Hello Lonesome

  Pariah

  The Dynamiter

BEST FEMALE LEAD

  Lauren Ambrose – Think of Me

  Rachael Harris – Natural Selection

  Adepero Oduye – Pariah

  Elizabeth Olsen – Martha Marcy May Marlene

  Michelle Williams – My Week with Marilyn

BEST MALE LEAD

 Demian Bichir – A Better Life

  Jean Dujardin – The Artist

  Ryan Gosling – Drive

  Woody Harrelson – Rampart

  Michael Shannon – Take Shelter

BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE

  Jessica Chastain – Take Shelter

  Anjelica Huston – 50/50

  Janet McTeer – Albert Nobbs

  Harmony Santana – Gun Hill Road

  Shailene Woodley – The Descendants

BEST SUPPORTING MALE

  Albert Brooks – Drive

  John Hawkes – Martha Marcy May Marlene

  Christopher Plummer – Beginners

  John C Reilly – Cedar Rapids

  Corey Stoll – Midnight in Paris

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

  Joel Hodge – Bellflower

  Benjamin Kasulke – The Off Hours

  Darius Khondji – Midnight in Paris

  Guillaume Schiffman – The Artist

  Jeffrey Waldron – The Dynamiter

BEST DOCUMENTARY

  An African Election

  Bill Cunningham New York

  The Interrupters

  The Redemption of General Butt Naked

  We Were Here 

BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM

  A Separation (Iran)

  Melancholia (Denmark/Sweden/France/Germany)

  Shame (UK)

  The Kid with a Bike (Belgium/France/Italy)

  Tyrannosaur (UK)

PIAGET PRODUCERS AWARDS (Emerging producers)

  Chad Burris – Mosquita y Mari

  Sophia Lin – Take Shelter

  Josh Mond – Martha Marcy May Marlene

SOMEONE TO WATCH

  Simon Arthur – Silver Tongues

  Mark Jackson – Without

  Nicholas Ozeki – Mamitas

TRUER THAN FICTION AWARD (Emerging non-fiction directors)

  Heather Courtney – Where Soldiers come From

  Danfung Dennis – Hell and Back Again

  Alma Har’el – Bombay Beach

ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD

  Margin Call

 

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