UPDATE 10:15 AM: Somebody out there got an itchy finger and published the full list of nominees; which went out on PR Newsire.  Scroll below in our blog to see what was nominated.  We’re also adding fun factoids.

PREVIOUS: 9:50AM: Deadline is live blogging the nominations announcement for the 30th Film Independent Spirit Awards today. Rosario Dawson and Diego Luna will be revealing the big list live from the W Hollywood.

The awards ceremony is traditionally held the day before the Oscar ceremony, in the case of next year, it’s Feb. 21 on the beach in Santa Monica, Calif.

At times, the awards ceremony is a bellwether of sorts in certain categories, and last year that couldn’t be more true. Prior to their Oscar wins in respective categories, 12 Years a Slave took best feature, Matthew McConaughey took best actor for Dallas Buyers ClubCate Blanchett won best actress for Blue Jasmine, Jared Leto took the best supporting actor trophy for Dallas Buyers Club, Lupita Nyong’o won best supporting actress for 12 Years a Slave as well as  the film’s screenwriter John Ridley for best screenplay.

Films with budgets of $20M or lower are eligible for the Spirit Awards. Enjoy the blog and make sure to let us know what you think about the nominations and who you think is likely to win.

Anthony D'Alessandro November 25, 20149:53 am

Before noms get cooking — presenters Rosario Dawson and Diego Luna tweeted out the following shout out:

Anthony D'Alessandro November 25, 201410:00 am

John Waters, the Bob Hope of the Indie Spirit Awards, calls the ceremony “His kind of crowd…sexually confused…and financially challenged.”

David Bloom November 25, 201410:02 am

And, they’re building a bit of dramatic tension, but thanks for the shoutout, Film Independent:

Anthony D'Alessandro November 25, 201410:03 am

Other big news about the Indie Spirit Awards on Feb. 21 this year — you can watch ’em live on IFC. No more delayed broadcast stuff.  2pm PT/5pm ET, read all about it:

Film Independent Spirit Awards 2015 To Be Broadcast Live On IFC

David Bloom November 25, 201410:04 am

You can tell our little Indie Spirit Awards are growing up. They get their own live show on the beach.

David Bloom November 25, 201410:05 am

And Sundance weighs in with good wishes:

David Bloom November 25, 201410:09 am

David Bloom November 25, 201410:09 am

Tracking report that full list of nominees has leaked. Will provide in separate post if confirmed.

Anthony D'Alessandro November 25, 201410:10 am

BEST FEATURE
(Award given to the Producer. Executive Producers are not awarded.)
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Producers: Alejandro G. Iñárritu, John Lesher, Arnon Milchan, James W. Skotchdopole
Boyhood
Producers: Richard Linklater, Jonathan Sehring, John Sloss, Cathleen Sutherland
Love is Strange
Producers: Lucas Joaquin, Lars Knudsen, Ira Sachs, Jayne Baron Sherman, Jay Van Hoy
Selma
Producers: Christian Colson, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Oprah Winfrey
Whiplash
Producers: Jason Blum, Helen Estabrook, David Lancaster, Michael Litvak

Anthony D'Alessandro November 25, 201410:11 am

BEST DIRECTOR
Damien Chazelle, Whiplash
Ava DuVernay,Selma
Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Richard Linklater,Boyhood
David Zellner, Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter

David Bloom November 25, 201410:12 am

“Love is Strange” might be the surprise in Best Feature. Well regarded little movie, but didn’t have the box office legs or broader notoriety of the other four

David Bloom November 25, 201410:12 am

Same could be said in Best Director, where four films match up with best feature and the fifth is much less prominent (even more so that “Love is Strange”)

Anthony D'Alessandro November 25, 201410:12 am

BEST SCREENPLAY
Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski, Big Eyes
J.C. Chandor, A Most Violent Year
Dan Gilroy, Nightcrawler
Jim Jarmusch, Only Lovers Left Alive
Ira Sachs & Mauricio Zacharias, Love is Strange

David Bloom November 25, 201410:14 am

Two for “Love is Strange” now, and the four in the first two categories.

Anthony D'Alessandro November 25, 201410:14 am

BEST FIRST FEATURE (Award given to the director and producer)
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
Director: Ana Lily Amirpour
Producers: Justin Begnaud, Sina Sayyah
Dear White People
Director/Producer: Justin Simien
Producers: Effie T. Brown, Ann Le, Julia Lebedev, Angel Lopez, Lena Waithe
Nightcrawler
Director: Dan Gilroy
Producers: Jennifer Fox, Tony Gilroy, Jake Gyllenhaal, David Lancaster, Michel Litvak
Obvious Child
Director: Gillian Robespierre
Producer: Elisabeth Holm
She’s Lost Control
Director/Producer: Anja Marquardt
Producers: Mollye Asher, Kiara C. Jones

David Bloom November 25, 201410:15 am

Thought Dan Gilroy’s brother, Tony, had a piece of writing “Nightcrawler” but it was only the director. That was a brother effort overall, with Tony as producer and John Gilroy as editor.

David Bloom November 25, 201410:16 am

Love that the “Persian Western Vampire” story “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night” got some love. It’s getting some critical and box office attention too after just being released.

David Bloom November 25, 201410:17 am

That said, the lineup of best first features is pretty impressive. All five of those films are terrific.

Anthony D'Alessandro November 25, 201410:18 am

BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY
Desiree Akhavan, Appropriate Behavior
Sara Colangelo, Little Accidents
Justin Lader, The One I Love
Anja Marquardt, She’s Lost Control
Justin Simien, Dear White People

Anthony D'Alessandro November 25, 201410:19 am

Anthony D'Alessandro November 25, 201410:19 am

BEST FIRST FEATURE (Award given to the director and producer)

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

Director: Ana Lily Amirpour
Producers: Justin Begnaud, Sina Sayyah

Dear White People
Director/Producer: Justin Simien
Producers: Effie T. Brown, Ann Le, Julia Lebedev, Angel Lopez, Lena Waithe

Nightcrawler
Director: Dan Gilroy
Producers: Jennifer Fox, Tony Gilroy, Jake Gyllenhaal, David Lancaster, Michel Litvak


Obvious Child

Director: Gillian Robespierre
Producer: Elisabeth Holm

She’s Lost Control
Director/Producer: Anja Marquardt
Producers: Mollye Asher, Kiara C. Jones

David Bloom November 25, 201410:21 am

‘Inherent Vice’ probably among the most awaited of films that haven’t hit theaters yet. This Altman award will only stoke anticipation for indie lovers.

Anthony D'Alessandro November 25, 201410:21 am

JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD – Given to the best feature made for under $500,000. Award given to the writer, director and producer. Executive Producers are not awarded.
Blue Ruin
Writer/Director: Jeremy Saulnier
Producers: Richard Peete, Vincent Savino, Anish Savjani
It Felt Like Love
Writer/Director/Producer: Eliza Hittman
Producers: Shrihari Sathe, Laura Wagner
Land Ho!
Writers/Directors: Aaron Katz & Martha Stephens
Producers: Christina Jennings, Mynette Louie, Sara Murphy
Man From Reno
Writer/Director: Dave Boyle
Writers: Joel Clark, Michael Lerman
Producer: Ko Mori
Test
Writer/Director/Producer: Chris Mason Johnson
Producer: Chris Martin

David Bloom November 25, 201410:22 am

Looks like “Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter” picking up a lot of love here, with best director nom, alongside Chazelle, DuVernay, Inarritu, Linklater

Anthony D'Alessandro November 25, 201410:23 am

BEST FEMALE LEAD
Marion Cotillard, The Immigrant
Rinko Kikuchi, Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter
Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Jenny Slate, Obvious Child
Tilda Swinton, Only Lovers Left Alive

David Bloom November 25, 201410:23 am

They have a special distinction award for Foxcatcher for “superb acting and achievement on every level of filmmaking.” Sounds like they wanted to honor it but couldn’t figure out why it wasn’t getting more noms.

Anthony D'Alessandro November 25, 201410:24 am

BEST MALE LEAD
André Benjamin, Jimi: All Is By My Side
Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler
Michael Keaton,Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
John Lithgow, Love is Strange
David Oyelowo, Selma

Anthony D'Alessandro November 25, 201410:25 am

BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE
Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Jessica Chastain, A Most Violent Year
Carmen Ejogo, Selma
Andrea Suarez Paz, Stand Clear of the Closing Doors
Emma Stone, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

David Bloom November 25, 201410:25 am

Consensus films here with numerous awards look to be “Birdman,”, “Love is Strange,” “Selma,” “Nightcrawler,” “Kumiko,””Boyhood.”

Anthony D'Alessandro November 25, 201410:26 am

BEST SUPPORTING MALE
Riz Ahmed, Nightcrawler
Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
Alfred Molina, Love is Strange
Edward Norton, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

Anthony D'Alessandro November 25, 201410:27 am

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Darius Khondji, The Immigrant
Emmanuel Lubezki, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Sean Porter,It Felt Like Love
Lyle Vincent, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
Bradford Young, Selma

BEST EDITING
Sandra Adair, Boyhood
Tom Cross, Whiplash
John Gilroy, Nightcrawler
Ron Patane, A Most Violent Year
Adam Wingard, The Guest

David Bloom November 25, 201410:28 am

Lots of love for Oscar winner Marion Cotillard’s work this year. “The Immigrant,” where she got this Spirit nom, didn’t get much attention when it finally came out early in the year, but it’s also not her only notable role of the year (‘Two Days, One Night”). Wonder if that will complicate her chances at Oscar nom?

David Bloom November 25, 201410:28 am

Both leads in ‘Love is Strange” get noms, in different categories.

Anthony D'Alessandro November 25, 201410:29 am

BEST DOCUMENTARY (Award given to the director and producer)
20,000 Days on Earth
Directors: Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard
Producers: Dan Bowen, James Wilson

CITIZENFOUR
Director/Producer: Laura Poitras
Producers: Mathilde Bonnefoy, Dirk Wilutzky

Stray Dog
Director: Debra Granik
Producer: Anne Rosellini

The Salt of the Earth
Directors: Juliano Ribeiro Salgado and Wim Wenders
Producer: David Rosier

Virunga
Director/Producer: Orlando von Einsiedel
Producer: Joanna Natasegara

BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM (Award given to the director)
Force Majeure

(Sweden)
Director: Ruben Östlund

Ida
(Poland)
Director: Pawel Pawlikowski

Leviathan
(Russia)
Director: Andrey Zvyagintsev

Mommy
(Canada)
Director: Xavier Dolan

Norte, the End of History
(Philippines)
Director: Lav Diaz

Under the Skin
(United Kingdom)
Director: Jonathan Glazer

Anthony D'Alessandro November 25, 201410:29 am

SPECIAL DISTINCTION AWARD
Foxcatcher

Director/Producer: Bennett Miller
Producers: Anthony Bregman, Megan Ellison, Jon Kilik
Writers: E. Max Frye, Dan Futterman
Actors: Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo, Channing Tatum

Anthony D'Alessandro November 25, 201410:30 am

18th ANNUAL PIAGET PRODUCERS AWARD – The 18th annual Producers Award, sponsored by Piaget, honors emerging producers who, despite highly limited resources, demonstrate the creativity, tenacity and vision required to produce quality, independent films. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant funded by Piaget.
Chad Burris
Elisabeth Holm
Chris Ohlson

David Bloom November 25, 201410:30 am

On the lead actress side, lots of people seem willing to give Julianne Moore the Oscar already for “Still Alice,” a film that hasn’t debuted yet. But first she’ll need to win that Spirit award

Anthony D'Alessandro November 25, 201410:30 am

21st ANNUAL KIEHL’S SOMEONE TO WATCH AWARD – The 21st annual Someone to Watch Award, sponsored by Kiehl’s Since 1851, recognizes a talented filmmaker of singular vision who has not yet received appropriate recognition. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant funded by Kiehl’s Since 1851.
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
Director: Ana Lily Amirpour
H.
Directors: Rania Attieh & Daniel Garcia

The Retrieval
Director: Chris Eska
Anthony D'Alessandro November 25, 201410:31 am

20th ANNUAL LENSCRAFTERS TRUER THAN FICTION AWARD – The 20th annual Truer Than Fiction Award, sponsored by LensCrafters is presented to an emerging director of non-fiction features who has not yet received significant recognition. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant funded by LensCrafters.
Approaching the Elephant
Director: Amanda Rose Wilder
Evolution of a Criminal
Director: Darius Clark Monroe
The Kill Team
Director: Dan Krauss
The Last Season
Director: Sara Dosa

Anthony D'Alessandro November 25, 201410:33 am

Grand Budapest Hotel overlooked b/c it had a budget that was north of $20M…it was $31M.  Also, Indie Spirit gang hasn’t gotten on the Cake wagon yet. 

David Bloom November 25, 201410:35 am

The “international” category includes Jonathan Glazer’s “Under the Skin,” which did very well when it came out last winter. Don’t look for it among for the foreign-language nominees for Oscar though. Scarlett Johansson played, essentially, an alien serial murderer in Scotland, and all were speaking in English. Actually, check that. A Scottish accent can REALLY use subtitles sometimes.

Anthony D'Alessandro November 25, 201410:39 am

Richard Linklater counts 9 Indie Spirit noms.  2 for Boyhood feature and director. In 1992, he was nominated for best first feature & director for Slacker; 2002 was nominated for screenplay & director for Waking Life. In 2005 he rec’d best screenplay nod for Before Sunset, shared with Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy. 2013 gave him a best feature nom for Bernie and this year he a Before Midnight screenplay nom, shared with Hawke & Delpy again.

David Bloom November 25, 201410:39 am

The documentary category is interesting as well. Laura Poitras’ ‘Citizenfour’ is probably the biggest one here, given its birds-eye view of the NSA surveillance scandal involving Edward Snowden that she and Glenn Greenwald helped break. But ‘Virunga,” for instance, is backed by Netflix, which has spent lavishly to support awards campaigns the past couple of years as it builds a corporate narrative about providing quality programming.

Anthony D'Alessandro November 25, 201410:41 am

After today Ethan Hawke counts 3 Spirit noms:best supporting male in Boyhood, 2005 and 2014 screenplay nods for Before Sunset and Before Midnight.

David Bloom November 25, 201410:42 am

Music fans should appreciate that the nominee for best male lead in “Jimi: All Is By My Side” also has another name when he’s playing his OWN music. He’s Andre 3000 of the massively popular (though dormant to disbanded) hip hop duo Outkast.

Anthony D'Alessandro November 25, 201410:43 am

Jessica Chastain’s second Indie Spirit nom today in the best supporting female slot.  Prior to A Most Violent Year, she was recognized for 2011’s Take Shelter.

David Bloom November 25, 201410:46 am

Nice couple of years for cinematographer Emanuel Lubezki: Oscar last year for “Gravity” (after five previous nominations), then Spirit nom for his gliding, seamless camera work in “Birdman” this year.

Anthony D'Alessandro November 25, 201410:47 am

Still Alice marks Julianne Moore’s fourth Indie Spirit nom. She won in 2003 best female lead for Far From Heaven. Was also nominated for best supporting female nom in 1994’s Short Cuts and 1996’s best female lead in Safe.

David Bloom November 25, 201410:51 am

And we’re wrapping up the live blog. Thanks for joining us. We have the full list up, and Pete Hammond will be posting his inimitable analysis of the nominations and What It All Means for both the Spirit Awards and the campaigns for Oscars and other notable awards.