12 YEARS A SLAVE and NEBRASKA Top 2014 Independent Spirit Awards Nominations

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The 2014 Independent Spirit Awards nominations have been announced, and director Steve McQueen’s excellent drama 12 Years a Slave tops the nominees with seven nods, including Best Feature, Best Director, and Best Actor.  Nebraska is not far behind with six nominations, and the Robert Redford drama All Is Lost also did well with four nods.  The much-beloved Short Term 12 failed to land a Best Feature nomination, but Primer director Shane Carruth’s twisty second feature Upstream Color landed nods for Best Director and Best Editing.  The Best Actor category is a strong mirror of the very tight Oscar race in the same category, and the wonderful Shailene Woodley and Brie Larson nabbed Best Actress nominations for The Spectacular Now and Short Term 12, respectively.

Hit the jump for the full list of nominations and additional commentary.  The Independent Spirit Awards will be hosted on March 1, 2014.

FRUITVALE Wins 2013 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award

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Ryan Coogler‘s Fruitvale made audiences at this year’s Sundance Film Festival weep with the true story of Oscar Grant, who was murdered by BART Station police in 2009.  At last night’s awards ceremony, Coogler’s debut feature was awarded with both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award, which made it the first film to win in both categories since 2009′s Precious.  The Weinstein Company picked up the movie for $2 million after a heated bidding war, and I would expect a release sometime later this year.  Click here for my review.

Other winners included This Is Martin Bonner for “Best of NEXT” (voters must have connected with a movie where nothing happens), best screenwriting for Lake Bell for In a World… (click here for my review), and Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley for their tremendous performances in The Spectacular Now.  Hit the jump for the full list of winners.

Sundance 2013: Trailers for GOOGLE AND THE WORLD BRAIN, I USED TO BE DARKER, LASTING, CHARLIE VICTOR ROMEO, and More

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The 2013 Sundance Film Festival is set to get underway later next week, and we here at Collider will be bringing you plenty of coverage from the fest as Steve, Matt, and myself will be descending on Park City.  To kick things off, we thought it’d be nice to take a look at some the available trailers for films that are set to screen at the festival.  Could one of these be the next Beasts of the Southern Wild?  Briefly:

  • Google and the World Brain – a documentary about Google’s attempt to accumulated all the world’s books.
  • Lasting – A suspense-filled drama playing in competition in the World Dramatic category.
  • I Used to Be Darker – A drama about a pregnant Northern Irish runaway who shacks up with American relatives, from director Matt Porterfield.
  • Charlie Victor Romeo – A 3D theatrical documentary that takes place in a cockpit and draws its material from the black box transcripts of six airline emergencies.
  • Gideon’s Army – A documentary that focuses on public defenders and America’s justice system.
  • Halley – A drama about a security guard afflicted with a strange illness that is ravaging his body.

Hit the jump to check out the trailers and synopses.  The 2013 Sundance Film Festival runs from January 17 – 27th.

Sundance 2013: First Images from BLOOD BROTHER, CUTIE AND THE BOXER, DIRTY WARS, and GIDEON’S ARMY

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The first batch of films that will be playing at the upcoming 2013 Sundance Film Festival were recently announced, and today we’ve got the first images from a few films that will be screening in competition as part of the U.S. Documentary category.  Briefly:

Hit the jump for the images and synopses.  The 2013 Sundance Film Festival runs January 17 – 27.

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