Independent Spirit Awards Nominations Announced; DRIVE, 50/50, and THE ARTIST Up for Top Prize

     November 29, 2011


The nominations for the 27th Annual Independent Spirit Awards were announced this morning with The Artist and Take Shelter each nabbing five nominations. In addition to The Artist and Take Shelter, Drive, 50/50, The Descendants, and Beginners will duke it out for the top prize. Absent from the Best Feature list is Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris, though the film was recognized in Best Supporting Male (Corey Stoll) and Best Cinematography. Also of note, Elizabeth Olsen and John Hawkes landed nominations for Best Actress and Best Supporting Male for Martha Marcy May Marlene, and Ryan Gosling and Woody Harrelson were both singled out in Best Actor for Drive and Rampart respectively.

Hit the jump to check out the full list of nominations. Recognizing the best in independent film, the awards will be handed out on February 25th, the day before the Oscars.

drive-movie-poster-02Best Feature

  • 50/50
  • Beginners
  • Drive
  • Take Shelter
  • The Artist
  • The Descendants

Best Director

  • Mike Mills – Beginners
  • Nicolas Winding Refn – Drive
  • Jeff Nichols – Take Shelter
  • Michel Hazanavicius – The Artist
  • Alexander Payne – The Descendants

Best First Feature

  • Another Earth
  • In the Family
  • Margin Call
  • Martha Marcy May Marlene
  • Natural Selection

Best Male Lead

  • Demian Bichir – A Better Life
  • Jean Dujardin – The Artist
  • Ryan Gosling – Drive
  • Woody Harrelson – Rampart
  • Michael Shannon – Take Shelter

martha-marcy-may-marlene-international-poster-01Best Female Lead

  • Lauren Ambrose – Think of Me
  • Rachel Harris – Natural Selection
  • Adepero Oduye – Pariah
  • Elizabeth Olsen – Martha Marcy May Marlene
  • Michelle Williams – My Week with Marilyn

Best Supporting Male Lead

  • Albert Brooks – Drive
  • John Hawkes – Martha Marcy May Marlene
  • Christopher Plummer – Beginners
  • John C. Reilly – Cedar Rapids
  • Corey Stoll – Midnight in Paris

Best Supporting Female

  • Jessica Chastain – Take Shelter
  • Angelica Huston – 50/50
  • Janet McTeer – Albert Nobbs
  • Harmony Santana – Gun Hill Road
  • Shailene Woodley – The Descendants

John Cassavetes Award for films made under $500,000

  • Bellflower
  • Circumstance
  • Hello Lonesome
  • Pariah
  • The Dynamiter

the-interrupters-movie-posterBest Documentary

  • An African Selection
  • Bill Cunningham New York
  • The Interrupters
  • The Redemption of General Butt Naked
  • We Were Here

Best Cinematography

  • Joel Hodge – Bellflower
  • Benjamin Kasulke – The Off Hours
  • Darius Khondji – Midnight in Paris
  • Guillame Shiffman – The Artist
  • Jeffrey Waldron – The Dynamiter

Best First Screenplay

  • Mike Cahill & Brit Marling – Another Earth
  • J.C. Chandor – Margin Call
  • Patrick DeWitt – Terri
  • Phil Johnston – Cedar Rapids
  • Will Reiser – 50/50

Best Screenplay

  • Joseph Cedar – Footnote
  • Michel Hazanavicius – The Artist
  • Mike Mills – Beginners
  • Alexander Payne – The Descendants

Best Foreign Film

  • A Separation
  • Melancholia
  • Shame
  • The Kid With a Bike
  • Tyrannosaur

Robert Altman Award for Ensemble

  • Margin Call
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