2012 Independent Spirit Nominations

By @DJansick
2012 Independent Spirit Nominations

The 2012 Film Independent Spirit Award nominations were announced today by presenters Anthony Mackie and Kate Beckinsale kicking off the award season. Of the total 277 total film submissions The Artist and Take Shelter raked in the most nominations this year with five in total. Close behind them with 4 nominations were films Martha Marcy May Marlene, The Descendants, and Drive. I would say the front-runner for awards this year is The Artist but all of the films above will have a shot of being represented here as well as at the Oscars.

Michelle Williams gets her second nomination Best Female Lead nomination in a row with her role in My Week With Marilyn (last year’s nomination was for Blue Valentine). She was not the one to get a repeat nomination for the second year in a row as John Hawkes also received a nomination for Martha Marcy May Marlene for Best Supporting Male (John Hawkes won the award last year for Winter’s Bone).

In order to qualify for Spirit Awards a film has to be made for under $20 million, which would explain the absence of Tree Of Life among the nominations, which is a little disappointing as it has been my favorite film of 2011 so far (I still have a fair amount to see still though). Although I have not seen them yet, I am a little disappointed that Alps and The Skin I Live In did not make the cut for a nomination in the Best Foreign Film category (need to have at least 1 U.S. producer to qualify for the other awards).

The winners will be announced at the 27th annual Film Independent Spirit Awards on February 25th and the broadcast will air at 10 p.m. ET/PT on IFC.

Best Feature: (Award given to the Producer)

50/50 – Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, Ben Karlin
Beginners – Miranda de Pencier, Lars Knudsen, Leslie Urdang, Jay Van Hoy, 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

Best Director:

Mike MillsBeginners
Nicolas Winding RefnDrive
Jeff NicholsTake Shelter
Michel HazanaviciusThe Artist
Alexander PayneThe Descendants

Best First Feature: (Award given to the director and producer)

Another Earth – Directed by Mike Cahill; Producers: Mike Cahill, Hunter Gray, Brit Marling, Nicholas Shumaker
In The Family – Directed by Patrick Wang; Producers: Robert Tonino, Andrew van den Houten, Patrick Wang
Margin Call – Directed by J.C. Chandor; Producers: Robert Ogden Barnum, Michael Benaroya, Neal Dodson, Joe Jenckes, Corey Moosa, Zachary Quinto
Martha Marcy May Marlene – Directed by Sean Durkin; Producers: Antonio Campos, Patrick Cunningham, Chris Maybach, Josh Mond
Natural Selection – Directed by Robbie Pickering; Producers: Brion Hambel, Paul Jensen

Best Male Lead:

Demian BichirA Better Life
Jean DujardinThe Artist
Ryan GoslingDrive
Woody HarrelsonRampart
Michael ShannonTake Shelter

Best Female Lead:

Lauren AmbroseThink Of Me
Rachel HarrisNatural Selection
Adepero OduyePariah
Elizabeth OlsenMartha Marcy May Marlene
Michelle WilliamsMy Week With Marilyn

Best Supporting Male:

Albert BrooksDrive
John HawkesMartha Marcy May Marlene
Christopher PlummerBeginners
John C. ReillyCedar Rapids
Corey StollMidnight In Paris

Best Supporting Female:

Jessica ChastainTake Shelter
Angelica Huston50/50
Janet McTeerAlbert Nobbs
Harmony SantanaGun Hill Road
Shaileen WoodleyThe Descendants

John Cassavetes Award: (Given to the best feature made for under $500,000; award given to the writer, director, and producer)

Bellflower – Written and directed by Evan Glodell; Producers: Evan Glodell, Vincent Grashaw
Circumstance – Written and directed by Maryam Keshavarz; Producers: Karin Chien, Maryam Keshavarz, Melissa M. Lee
Hello Lonesome – Written and directed and produced by Adam Reid
Lovers of Hate – Written and directed by Dee Rees; Producer: Nekisa Cooper
The Dynamiter – Writters: Matthew Gordon and Brad Ingelsby; Directed by Matthew Gordon; Producers: Kevin Abrams, Matthew Gordon, Merilee Holt, Nate Tuck, Amile Wilson

Best Documentary: (Award given to the director)

An African Election – Jarreth J. Merz, Kevin Merz
Bill Cunningham New York – Richard Press
The Interrupters – Steve James
The Redemption of General Butt Naked – Daniele Anastasion, Eric Strauss
We Were Here – David Weissman, Bill Weber

Best Foreign Film: (Award given to the director)

A Separation – Asghar Farhadi
Melancholia – Lars von Trier
Shame – Steve McQueen
The Kid With A Bike – Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne
Tyrannosaur – Paddy Considine

Best Cinematography:

Joel HodgeBellflower
Benjamin KasulkeThe Off Hours
Darius KhondjiMidnight In Paris
Guillaume SchiffmanThe Artist
Jeffrey WaldronThe Dynamiter

Best Screenplay:

Joseph CedarFootnote
Michel HazaniviciusThe Artist
Tom McCarthyWin Win
Mike MillsBeginners
Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon & Jim Rash The Descendants

Best First Screenplay:

Mike Cahill & Brit MarlingAnother Earth
J.C. ChandorMargin Call
Patreck DeWittTerri
Phil JohnstonCedar Rapids
Will Reiser50/50

Robert Altman Award: (Given to one film’s director, casting director, and its ensemble cast)

Margin Call
Director: J.C. Chandor
Ensemble Cast: Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Irons, Zachary Quinto, Penn Badgley, Simon Baker, Mary McDonnell, Demi Moore

Piaget Producers Award: (Award given to a producer)

Chad BurrisMosquita y Mari
Sophia LinTake Shelter
Josh MondMartha Marcy May Marlene

Truer Than Fiction Award: (Award given to the director)

Heather CourtneyWhere Soldiers Come From
Danfung DennisHell and Back Again
Alma Har’ElBombay Beach

Someone to Watch Award: (Award given to the director)

Simon ArthurSilver Tongues
Mark JacksonWithout
Nicholas OzekiMamitas

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  • Blake

    I’m sorry but MMMM should be cleaning up these awards. Hands down better than The Descendants which is barely indie

  • MMMM should come away with a win or two here. I feel “The Artist” may walk away with the most.

  • Michelle

    Is there a ‘Best Music’ from a film category? If so, I recommend the music from the musical saw scene in ‘Another Earth’. You can hear it on the composer’s website http://www.scottmunsonmusic.com/news/music-in-film-another-earth-soundtrack

  • There is not a Best Original Score category at the Independent Spirit awards like there is for the Oscars. Maybe their reasoning is a lot of indie films don’t have a budget for an original score? Not sure.

    But thanks Michelle, I will check that out.

  • Blake

    I really liked Another Earth. Not a great film by any means but very very poetic. Nice little film. I personally want Refn to win Director so he can give one of his awesome speeches he seems to always pull out of his you know what. Out of those choices I’d say Martha Marth May Marlene is the best film. Very unsettling movie