The awards storm on the horizon

Really happy to see much love being showered upon Take Shelter and this is an outstanding selection of supporting actors. Nice of them to toss Heather Courtney a bone for the Truer than Fiction award, but Where Soldiers Come From which played at Film Independent’s LA Film Festival should’ve been in the documentary category.

I’m also pleased to see The Dynamiter show up in two categories. LiC contributor Jackson Truax were just talking last night about what a terrific little film it is (it also played LAFF).

Best Feature

  • 50/50
  • Beginners
  • Drive
  • 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
  • Angelica Huston – 50/50
  • Janet McTeer – Albert Nobbs
  • Harmony Santana – Gun Hill Road
  • Shaileen Woodley – The Descendants

John Cassavettes Award

  • Bellflower
  • Circumstance
  • Hello Lonesome
  • Pariah
  • 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
  • Melancholia
  • Shame
  • The Kid With A Bike
  • Tyrannosaur

Best Cinematography

  • Joel Hodge – Bellflower
  • Benjamin Kuh-Sulk – The Off Hours
  • Darius Khondji – Midnight In Paris
  • Guillaume Shiffman – The Artist
  • Jeffrey Waldron – The Dynamiter

Best Screenplay

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

Best First Screenplay

  • Mike Cahill & Brit Marling – Another Earth
  • J.C. Chandor – Margin Call
  • Patreck DeWitt – Terri
  • Phil Johnston – Cedar Rapids
  • Will Reiser – 50/50

Truer Than Fiction Award

  • Heather Courtney
  • Danfung Dennis
  • Alma Har’El

Piaget Producers Award

  • Chad Burris
  • Sophia Lin
  • Josh Mond

Someone To Watch

  • Simon Arthur
  • Mark Jackson
  • Nicholas Ozeki

10 Responses to “2011 Film Independent Spirit Awards Nominations”

  1. I can’t understand how the year’s greatest film, THE TREE OF LIFE missed out here in all categories, especially Best Picture and Best Director. But as you note the showing of TAKE SHELTER is something to feel good about, as well as some excellent choices in the acting categories.

  2. The only thing I can imagine is that it cost too much? There’s a ceiling for the Spirit Awards

  3. TOL’s budget is like 32 million. Yup, so it’s out of the race.

  4. That’s fair, but it’s too bad especially since the one group I was hoping would recognize ToL, the NY Film Critics, fell for a softball instead.

    oh well!

  5. There are some good nominations here. I had to look up who Corey Stoll was in Midnight in Paris, but then I realized who he was and was happy he got attention.

    I’m a bit disappointed Shame was only nominated in foreign and surprised Glenn Close was snubbed for Albert Nobbs.

  6. I’ve gotta say, so far I’m not delirious about some of these early awards choices.

  7. Something unfair: Fassbender (Shame) and Dunst (Melancholia) not getting acting nominations. Even if the films they starred in were foreign films, they should have been acknowledged.

  8. Fassbender’s day is coming. Oh yes… it’s coming.

  9. @Craig: I just hope it comes to him before the Fassbender-equivalent of The King’s Speech. Just saying.

  10. He’s got Haywire and Prometheus out in 2012. The former isn’t going to figure into the awards picture, but I don’t know about the latter.

    It sucks because he did awards caliber work in Jane Eyre, Shame and A Dangerous Method. Three films when most actors or lucky to do it in one.

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