2014 Spirit Awards: '12 Years A Slave', 'All Is Lost', 'Frances Ha', 'Inside Llewyn Davis' & 'Nebraska' Nab Best Feature Noms

Fox Searchlight’s 12 Years A Slave, Lionsgate’s All Is Lost, IFC’s Frances Ha, CBS Films’ Inside Llewyn Davis and Paramount Vantage’s Nebraska will vie for Best Feature at the 2014 Spirit Awards. 12 Years A Slave leads the field with 7 nominations. The Robert Altman Award honoring a film’s director, casting director, and ensemble cast will be awarded to Jeff Nichols’ Mud. Film Independent’s 29th Spirit Awards will be held March 1 in Santa Monica with Patton Oswalt hosting. Here is the full list of 2014 nominees announced today:

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

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

BEST EDITING
Shane Carruth & David Lowery, Upstream Color
Jem Cohen & Marc Vives, Museum Hours
Frank G. Demarco, All Is Lost
Matthias Grunsky, Computer Chess
Nat Sanders, Short Term 12

BEST DOCUMENTARY
20 Feet From Stardom, Director/Producer: Morgan Neville, Producers: Gil Friesen & Caitrin Rogers
After Tiller, Directors/Producers: Martha Shane & Lana Wilson
Gideon’s Army, Director/Producer: Dawn Porter, Producer: Julie Goldman
The Act of Killing, Director/Producer: Joshua Oppenheimer, Producers: Joram Ten Brink, Christine Cynn, Anne Köhncke, Signe Byrge Sørensen, Michael Uwemedimo
The Square, Director: Jehane Noujaim, Producer: Karim Amer

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

BEST FIRST FEATURE
Blue Caprice, Director/Producer: Alexandre Moors; Producers: Kim Jackson, Brian O’Carroll, Isen Robbins, Will Rowbotham, Ron Simons, Aimee Schoof, Stephen Tedeschi;
Concussion, Director: Stacie Passon, Producer: Rose Troche
Fruitvale Station, Director: Ryan Coogler; Producers: Nina Yang Bongiovi, Forest Whitaker
Una Noche, Director/Producer: Lucy Mulloy, Producers: Sandy Pérez Aguila, Maite Artieda, Daniel Mulloy, Yunior Santiago
Wadjda, Director: Haifaa Al Mansour, Producers: Gerhard Meixner, Roman Paul

JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD (best feature made for under $500,000)
Computer Chess, Writer/Director: Andrew Bujalski, Producers: Houston King & Alex Lipschultz
Crystal Fairy, Writer/Director: Sebastiàn Silva, Producers: Juan de Dios Larraín & Pablo Larraín
Museum Hours, Writer/Director: Jem Cohen, Producers: Paolo Calamita & Gabriele Kranzelbinder
Pit Stop, Writer/Director: Yen Tan, Writer: David Lowery, Producers: Jonathan Duffy, James M. Johnston, Eric Steele, Kelly Williams
This is Martin Bonner, Writer/Director: Chad Hartigan, Producer: Cherie Saulter

17th ANNUAL PIAGET PRODUCERS AWARD
Toby Halbrooks & James M. Johnston, Jacob Jaffke, Andrea Roa, Frederick Thornton

20th ANNUAL SOMEONE TO WATCH AWARD
My Sister’s Quinceañera, Director: Aaron Douglas Johnston
Newlyweeds, Director: Shaka King
The Foxy Merkins, Director: Madeline Olnek

19th ANNUAL STELLA ARTOIS TRUER THAN FICTION AWARD
Kalyanee Mam, A River Changes Course
Jason Osder, Let the Fire Burn
Stephanie Spray & Pacho Velez, Manakamana

ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD
Mud, Director: Jeff Nichols, Casting Director: Francine Maisler, Ensemble Cast: Joe Don Baker, Jacob Lofland, Matthew McConaughey, Ray McKinnon, Sarah Paulson, Michael Shannon, Sam Shepard, Tye Sheridan, Paul Sparks, Bonnie Sturdivant, Reese Witherspoon

  1. Love Patton Oswalt !!!! He was great in “Big Fan”. Look out for up and comer Gino Cafarelli who played his brother. Great movie !!!!!

  2. I remember when Spirit Awards were establish to recognize independent films and promising filmmakers that were not getting recognition because of studio financed pictures dominating the awards. Now they are the same the same star-f**kers the other awards are. Disgusting and lame “Spirit Award” a-holes… how ever did you come up with these? Let me guess, you saw the campaign ads too. Grow a set.

  3. What a shame that Short Term 12 wasn’t nominated for best film or best screenplay. Loved. Loved. Loved that film!

  4. Very odd that FRANCIS HA gets a Best Picture over both FRUITVALE STATION and SHORT TERM 12.

    Doubly so, because Greta Gerwig did not get an actress nomination but both the leads in FRUITVALE and SHORT TERM did. In fact, FRANCIS HA’s only other nom was for…………editing??

  5. Great to see Nebraska get nominated, especially for Bruce Dern and Will Forte. Bruce has been an underappreciated talent for decades (Silent Running one of my favs.) And Will, who’s known more for crazy comedy, shows his range and depth in this film, which should open him up to a lot of great future roles. Congrats!

  6. Only ONE nomination for Frances Ha? Are they on crack??? Gaby Hoffman over Greta Gerwig??? What the hell is going on in this world?

  7. Really a shame how Nebraska is deservedly nominated for Best Picture, Best Director plus actor nods but nothing for screenplay??? Doesn’t it all start & end with a great script? How did this happen??

  8. Stunning that Greta Gerwig was overlooked for Best Actress. Frances Ha got shortchanged. Nice to see jealousy still rules in Hollywood.

  9. So where exactly is the “Independent Spirit” in these nominations?
    The 5 best picture nominees are all financed and distributed by Fortune 500 companies, listed on the NYSC.
    Viacom for Nebraska, News Corp for !2 Years, CBS for Llewyn Davis, AMC Networks for Frances Ha and last but not least Lionsgate for All is lost.
    Just the fact that they put the name of a label in front of each of these movies, so that people work for cheaper, doesn’t make any of them independent.
    But then again, if you go to Sundance in January you will run into the exact same people you did back in 1994, still playing The Emperor’s New Clothes. Can’t wait to see who the crown this year’s Another Earth.
    Also some advise for Thanksgiving (and once you’re done examining your receding hairline in the mirror), go and check out your kids’ x-box or I-Tunes account in order to really find out where the demand for content is heading.

    1. You are correct. “Spirit Awards” were the Slamdance to the Oscars… intentionally held before the Oscars as a giant F.U. to corporate Hollywood. Now it’s the prom for corporate films. Sad. Sad. Sad. And even sadder that filmmakers don’t see this.

  10. Slamdance started when Sundance became too”Industry Inside”. I think it is now time for an alternative to the Independent Spirit awards…perhaps The “REAL AND ACTUAL” Independent Spirit Awards.

    1. Can’t agree more. Would have left “All is Lost” and “Nebraska” out of the mix, too, for “Short Term 12″ and “Welcome to Pine Hill,” and I’d have fit “What Maisie Knew” in there, too.

      How does Gbenga Akinnagbe not get a Best Actor nod for “Home:___”? The only measurably superior performance I’ve seen all year was Adele Exarchopoulos for “Blue is the Warmest Color.” And she isn’t up for Actress?

  11. Every year the goal for Spirit Awards is to be even more pretentious than the Oscars in the choice of nominees and winners. At least, with the Academy of Motion Pictures, you can explain why someone wins. The two primary reasons for an Oscar nomination and/or win is either money or Harvey. With the Spirit Awards, you just shake your head and wonder why? I guess they think they are too cool for school and just do whatever they like, for instance, this year, “Spring Breakers” (90 minutes of pure torture…even the lead disappears from the screen after the first 60 minutes) received a nod for Best Cinematography along with the well-acted but poorly executed “12 Years a Slave”. Remember three years ago when Ben Stiller got a nomination for “Greenberg” over Ryan Gosling in “Drive”. Just saying….

  12. Spirit Awards are a great venue to uplift indie Gems! However do they not recognize hardworking child actors? Congrats to Michael Starburry for his nomination for New First Screen Play – however Skylan Brooks (films lead as Mister) while being is every shot (@157) remarkable and believable acting abilities carries the film at only 14 years old and most certainly deserved a nomination for Best Male Lead even more so than some of it’s veteran contenders!! This child can act. Job well done Skylan Brooks!

  13. What a disappointing list. Just like the Oscars. The continued overadoration of “Blue Jasmine” and all things with Big Hollywood Stars, but better films — “Short Term 12″ and “What Maisie Knew” among them — have no shot. A few nice nominations here and there (Lake Bell’s script for “In A World …,” maybe best of all), but too many great movies bypassed for merely good ones.

  14. Nomination for Bollywood Awards 2014

    Best Actor – Farhan Akhtar
    Best Acrtress – Deepika Padukone
    Best Album – Aashuiqui 2 Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani
    Best music – Aashuiqui 2, Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani
    Best Playback Singer – Male – Arijit Singh
    Best Playback Singer – Female – Shreya Ghoshal
    Best Film – Aashuiqui 2, Bhaag Milka Bhaag, Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani
    Best Director – Aashuiqui 2, Bhaag Milka Bhaag, Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani

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