2012 Film Independent Spirit Award Nominees

The nominations for the 2012 Spirit Awards have been announced. The ceremony will take place on the 25th February.

Here are the nominees in full:

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 Screenplay:

Joseph Cedar – Footnote
Michel Hazanavicius – The Artist
Tom McCarthy – Win Win
Mike Mills – Beginners
Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash – The Descendants

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
JC Chandor – Margin Call
Patrick DeWitt – Terri
Phil Johnston – Cedar Rapids
Will Reiser – 50/50

John Cassavetes Award:

(Awarded to best feature film made for under $500,000)

Bellflower
Circumstance
Hello Lonesome
Pariah
The Dynamiter

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:

Demian 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 Cinematography:

Joel Hodge – Bellflower
Benjamin Kasulke – The Off Hours
Darius Khondji – Midnight in Paris
Guillaume Schiffman – The Artist
Jeffrey Waldron – The Dynamiter

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 (Iran)
Melancholia (Denmark, Sweden, France, Germany)
Shame (UK)
The Kid with a Bike (Belgium, France, Italy)
Tyrannosaur (UK)

Robert Altman Award:

(Given to a film’s director, casting director and its ensemble cast)

Margin Call
Directed by: JC Chandor
Casting Directors: Tiffany Little Canfield, Bernard Telsey
Starring: Penn Badgley, Simon Baker, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Irons, Mary McDonnell, Demi Moore, Zachary Quinto, Kevin Spacey, Stanley Tucci

Piaget Producers Award:

Chad Burris – Mosquita y Mari
Sophia Lin – Take Shelter
Josh Mond – Martha Marcy May Marlene

Someone to Watch Award:

Simon Arthur – Silver Tongues
Mark Jackson – Without
Nicholas Ozeki – Mamitas

Truer Than Fiction Award:

Heather Courtney – Where Soldiers Come From
Danfung Dennis – Hell and Back Again
Alma Har’El – Bombay Beach

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