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November 29, 2012
Independent Spirit Awards Announces Nominations
— Posted by Kenny Miles
The Independent Spirit Awards announced nominations on Tuesday and some unexpected contenders showed up on the list. Both high profile, all star cast films such as “The Silver Linings Playbook” and “Moonrise Kingdom” received 5 nominations each. Other more lesser known indie movies to receive four nominations include “Keep the Lights On,” “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” and “Middle of Nowhere.”
Here is the list of all the nominees:
2013 FILM INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARD NOMINATIONS
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Wes Anderson, Moonrise Kingdom
Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola, Moonrise Kingdom
BEST FIRST FEATURE (Award given to the director and producer)
Fill the Void
BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY
Rama Burshtein, Fill the Void
JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD
Breakfast with Curtis, WRITER/DIRECTOR/PRODUCER: Laura Colella
BEST FEMALE LEAD
Linda Cardellini, Return
BEST MALE LEAD
Jack Black, Bernie
BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE
Rosemarie DeWitt, Your Sister’s Sister
BEST SUPPORTING MALE
Matthew McConaughey, Magic Mike
Yoni Brook, Valley of Saints
BEST DOCUMENTARY (Award given to the director and producer)
How to Survive a Plague
Marina Abramoviæ: The Artist is Present
The Central Park Five
The Invisible War
The Waiting Room
BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM (Award given to the director)
Some things worth noting:
-”Middle of Nowhere” received four nominations out of nowhere. Well, the buzz has been growing for this gritty indie film with an all African American cast playing in a very limited release. Former publicist now filmmaker Ava DuVernay funded the movie herself…making it a true indie movie.
-The summer indie mini-hit “Beasts of The Southern Wild” received nominations for acting, directing, writing. This puts it back into the awards conversation to compete with the big blockbuster films from large studios who will poor millions of dollars into campaigning. Good for them!
- Nominations for First Time Screenplays went to some small summer time gems that I loved: Derek Connolly for his quirky crowdpleaser “Safety Not Guaranteed,” Christopher Ford for the sweetly sentimental “Robot & Frank” and Rashida Jones & Will McCormack for their edgy Rom Com “Celeste and Jesse Forever.” These are films worth catching up on and hope garner more attention during award season.
-As always, there were some neglected movies including “Samsara” and “Sleepwalk With Me.” These movie performed strongly in limited release and deserved some Indie Spirit love!
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Whether something is overlooked by Hollywood or whatever business trend has captured the Entertainment Industry’s attention, Kenny Miles loves to talk about movies (especially the cultural impact of a film). He covers various aspects of movies including specialty genre films, limited release, independent, foreign language, documentary features, and THE much infamous "awards season." Also, he likes to offer his opinion on the business of film, marketing strategy, and branding. He currently resides in Denver, Colorado and is a member of the Denver Film Critics Society critics group. When he isn’t writing, Kenny channels his passion for interacting with moviegoers (something most movie pundits lack) as a pollster for the market research company CinemaScore and working as floor staff/special events coordinator in the film community. You can follow him on Twitter @kmiles723.
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