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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The 2012 Independent Spirit Award Nominees are a Hodgepodge of Goodness

...Well, for the most part. As you'll see below, the nominees were fairly predictable (if you've been keeping up with all the early buzz this awards season). But some worthy surprise honorees include Lauren Ambrose (I haven't seen Think of Me, but I'm just glad she's acknowledged), Woody Harrelson for the cop drama Rampart, and Adepero Oduye for her marvelous performance in Pariah. Other thoughtful nods include Corey Stoll for his brief yet impressive portrayal as Ernest Hemingway in Midnight in Paris and Albert Brooks for his unusually dark turn in Drive.

Glaring snubs? The ones that seem to jump out at me are anything having to do with the film Attack the Block, which was an engaging and thoughtful movie filled with awesome performances, and Owen Wilson's refreshingly mature performance in Midnight in Paris.

Take a look for yourself and decide.

Best Feature
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

Best 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
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
Anjelica 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
Hello Lonesome
The Dynamiter

Best 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
Guillaume 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
Tom McCarthy, Win Win
Mike Mills, Beginners
Alexander Payne, The Descendants

Best Foreign Film

A Separation
The Kid With a Bike

Robert Altman Award for ensemble
Margin Call

What do you think? Any surprises? Snubs? The show will air on February 25, 2012 at 10pm on IFC.


Dan said...

I haven't seen any of these films yet. I'm not surprised The Descendants is there simply because of the quality of Alexander Payne's previous work and I've heard lots of good things about The Artist and Take Shelter (actually less good things about Take Shelter but those that love it seem to really love it).

Brittani Burnham said...

Anjelica Huston for 50/50 but not JGL? Random. Great list of noms though.

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Andrew K. said...

The appreciation of Beginners makes me so very happy.

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