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Nov 27, 2013

Independent Spirit Award Nominations 2014


Nominations for the 2014 Independent Spirit Awards were just announced. I was anticipating the announcement as I do for other such awards bodies. Indie Spirits recognizes or often try to actually blend in both independent filmmakers and their small budget films as well as slightly bigger studio films that are 'in it to win it'. These days, it is impossible for you to not be smitten by the Oscar talk. I am not against the notion to nominate such films here if they deserve it but it would be nice for once to actually see more presence of titular films and filmmakers across the board and not just in one or two categories. Movies like 12 Years a Slave, Nebraska and All is Lost got the most nominations. Would have been nice if Frances Ha was more present, specially for the performance and writing. Can see some great picks in the International Film category. Lots of Delpy, Larson and Woodley. Also nice to see a movie like This is Martin Bonner being nominated for the John Cassavetes Award which I hope it wins. Nothing really serious to complain to be honest, I am really happy with the nominations. The awards season is now officially begun, in just a few days the critics will start announcing their winners.

Below is the list of nominees, do share what you think of them.

Best Feature

12 Years a Slave
All Is Lost
Frances Ha
Inside Llewyn Davis
Nebraska


Best Director

Shane Carruth, Upstream Color
J.C. Chandor, All Is Lost
Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave
Jeff Nichols, Mud
Alexander Payne, Nebraska

Best Male Lead

Bruce Dern, Nebraska
Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave
Oscar Isaac, Inside Llewyn Davis
Michael B. Jordan, Fruitvale Station
Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club
Robert Redford, All Is Lost

Best Female Lead

Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
Julie Delpy, Before Midnight
Gaby Hoffmann, Crystal Fairy
Brie Larson, Short Term 12
Shailene Woodley, The Spectacular Now

Best Supporting Male

Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave
Will Forte, Nebraska
James Gandolfini, Enough Said
Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
Keith Stanfield, Short Term 12

Best Supporting Female

Melonie Diaz, Fruitvale Station
Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine
Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave
Yolonda Ross, Go For Sisters
June Squibb, Nebraska

Best Screenplay

Woody Allen, Blue Jasmine
Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke & Richard Linklater, Before Midnight
Nicole Holofcener, Enough Said
Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber, The Spectacular Now
John Ridley, 12 Years a Slave

Best First Feature

Blue Caprice
Concussion
Fruitvale Station
Una Noche
Wadjda

Best First Screenplay

Lake Bell, In A World…
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Don Jon
Bob Nelson, Nebraska
Jill Soloway, Afternoon Delight
Michael Starrbury, The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete

Best International Film

A Touch of Sin (China)
Blue is the Warmest Color (France)
Gloria (Chile)
The Great Beauty (Italy)
The Hunt (Denmark)

Best Documentary

20 Feet From Stardom
After Tiller
Gideon’s Army
The Act of Killing
The Square

Best Editing

Shane Carruth & David Lowery, Upstream Color
Jem Cohen & Marc Vives, Museum Hours
Jennifer Lame, Frances Ha
Cindy Lee, Una Noche
Nat Sanders, Short Term 12

Best Cinematography

Sean Bobbitt, 12 Years a Slave
Benoit Debie, Spring Breakers
Bruno Delbonnel, Inside Llewyn Davis
Frank G. DeMarco, All Is Lost
Matthias Grunsky, Computer Chess

John Cassavetes Award

Computer Chess
Crystal Fairy
Museum Hours
Pit Stop
This is Martin Bonner