2014 Spirit Award Nominations Announced

By @DJansick
2014 Spirit Award Nominations Announced

Nominations for the Film Independent Spirit Awards were announced this morning by Octavia Spencer, who was probably happy to announce that Fruitvale Station (a film she is in) picked up 3 nominations. But the film with the most nominations unsurprisingly went to Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave, which picked up a total of 7 nominations; Best Feature, Director, Actor, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress, Screenplay, and Cinematography. The biggest shock was indie darling Greta Gerwig getting snubbed for a nomination for Best Actress in Frances Ha, a film that only picked up three noms (though one was for Best Feature).

The strongest category in my opinion goes to the Best International Film category that is comprised of; A Touch Of Sin, Blue Is The Warmest Color, Gloria, The Great Beauty, and The Hunt, all of which are amazing films. It is especially nice to see Blue Is The Warmest Color make that list as the film will not qualify for an Oscar nomination the following night because of a technicality in the rules that states a film must open in its home country on or before September 30th. Though it is likely a favorite to win here.

Also announced today was the new category of Best Editing, a welcoming addition that is surprising the awards show went so long without. We look forward to watching Patton Oswalt handling the hosting duties this year, in what should be a great show filled with a ton of indie talent. The winners will be announced at the 29th annual Film Independent Spirit Awards on March 1st and the broadcast will air at 10 p.m. ET/PT on IFC.

Read: Our 2014 Spirit Award predictions

List of 2014 Independent Spirit Award Nominations:

Best Feature:

12 Years A Slave
All Is Lost
Frances Ha
Inside Llewyn Davis

Best Director:

Shane CarruthUpstream Color
J.C. ChandorAll Is Lost
Steve McQueen12 Years A Slave
Jeff NicholsMud
Alexander PayneNebraska

Best First Feature:

Blue Caprice
Fruitvale Station
Una Noche

Best Male Lead:

Bruce DernNebraska
Chiwetel Ejiofor12 Years A Slave
Oscar IsaacInside Llewyn Davis
Michael B. JordanFruitvale Station
Matthew McConaugheyDallas Buyers Club
Robert RedfordAll Is Lost

Best Female Lead:

Cate BlanchettBlue Jasmine
Julie DelpyBefore Midnight
Gaby HoffmannCrystal Fairy
Brie LarsonShort Term 12
Shailene WoodleyThe Spectacular Now

Best Supporting Male:

Michael Fassbender12 Years A Slave
Will ForteNebraska
James GandolfiniEnough Said
Jared LetoDallas Buyers Club
Keith StanfieldShort Term 12

Best Supporting Female:

Melonie DiazFruitvale Station
Sally HawkinsBlue Jasmine
Lupita Nyong’o12 Years A Slave
Yolanda RossGo For Sisters
June SquibbNebraska

Best International Film: (Award given to the director)

A Touch of Sin (China)
Blue is the Warmest Color (France)
Gloria (Chile)
The Great Beauty (Italy)
The Hunt (Denmark)

Best Cinematography:

Sean Bobbitt12 Years a Slave
Benoit DebieSpring Breakers
Bruno DelbonnelInside Llewyn Davis
Frank G. DemarcoAll Is Lost
Matthias GrunskyComputer Chess

Best Documentary:

The Act Of Killing
After Tiller
Gideon’s Army
The Square
Twenty Feet From Stardom

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

Computer Chess – Andrew Bujalski
Crystal Fairy – Sebastian Silva
Museum Hours – Jem Cohen
Pit Stop – Yen Tan
This Is Martin Bonner – Chad Hartigan

Best Editing:

Shane Carruth & David LoweryUpstream Color
Jem Cohen & Marc VivesMuseum Hours
Jennifer LameFrances Ha
Cindy LeeUna Noche
Nat SandersShort Term 12

Best Screenplay:

Woody AllenBlue Jasmine
Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke, Richard LinklaterBefore Midnight
Nicole HolofcenerEnough Said
Scott Neustadter & Michael H. WeberThe Spectacular Now
John Ridley12 Years a Slave

Best First Screenplay:

Lake BellIn A World
Joseph Gordon-LevittDon Jon
Bob NelsonNebraska
Jill SolowayAfternoon Delight
Michael StarburryThe Inevitable Defeat Of Mister & Pete

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

Director: Jeff Nichols
Casting Director: Francine Maisler
Ensemble Cast: Joe Don Baker, Jacob Lofland, Matthew McConaughey, Ray McKinnon, Sarah Paulson, Michael Shannon, Sam Shepard, Tye Sheridan, Paul Sparks, Bonnie Sturdivant, Reese Witherspoon

Piaget Producers Award: (Award given to a producer)

Toby Halbrooks & James M. Johnson
Jacob Jaffke
Andrea Roa
Ferderick Thornton

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

Kalyanee Mam A River Changes Course
Jason OsderLet The Fire Burn
Stephanie Spray & Pancho Valez Manakamana

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

Aaron Douglas JohnstonMy Sister’s Quinceanera
Shaka King Newlyweeds
Madeleine OlnekThe Foxy Merkins

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