INDIE SPIRIT AWARD NOMINATIONS

The Indie Spirit Awards nominations were also announced today:

BEST FEATURE
50/50
 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 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
Demián 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 SCREENPLAY
Joseph Cedar (Footnote)
Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist)
Tom McCarthy (Win Win)
Mike Mills (Beginners)
Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash (The Descendants)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Joel Hodge (Bellflower)
Benjamin Kasulke (The Off Hours)
Darius Khondji (Midnight in Paris)
Guillaume Schiffman (The Artist)
Jeffrey Waldron (The Dynamiter)

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)
J.C. Chandor (Margin Call)
Patrick deWitt (Terri)
Phil Johnston (Cedar Rapids)
Will Reiser (50/50)

JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD (best feature under $500,000)
 Bellflower
 Circumstance
 Hello Lonesome”
 Pariah
 The Dynamiter Writer

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
 Melancholia
 Shame
 The Kid With a Bike
 Tyrannosaur

It is good to see some of the better movies from the first of the year in the list like, WIN WIN and CEDAR RAPIDS. How quickly these get forgotten.

BEGINNERS is getting a lot of attention the last few days.

More nominations for THE ARTIST.

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