2011 FILM INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARDS NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED

This morning, Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, announced the nominations for the 2011 Film Independent Spirit Awards. Taken from the official press release, the nominees are:

2011 SPIRIT AWARD NOMINATIONS

BEST FEATURE (Award given to the Producer, Executive Producers are not listed)

  • 127 Hours
    Producers: Danny Boyle, Christian Colson, John Smithson
  • Black Swan
    Producers: Scott Franklin, Mike Medavoy, Arnold W. Messer, Brian Oliver
  • Greenberg
    Producers: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Scott Rudin
  • The Kids Are All Right
    Producers: Gary Gilbert, Philippe Hellmann, Jordan Horowitz, Jeffrey Levy-Hinte, Celine Rattray, Daniela Taplin Lundberg
  • Winter’s Bone
    Producers: Alix Madigan-Yorkin, Anne Rosellini

BEST DIRECTOR

  • Darren Aronofsky
    Black Swan
  • Danny Boyle
    127 Hours
  • Lisa Cholodenko
    The Kids Are All Right
  • Debra Granik
    Winter’s Bone
  • John Cameron Mitchell
    Rabbit Hole

BEST SCREENPLAY

  • Stuart Blumberg, Lisa Cholodenko
    The Kids Are All Right
  • Debra Granik, Anne Rosellini
    Winter’s Bone
  • Nicole Holofcener
    Please Give
  • David Lindsay-Abaire
    Rabbit Hole
  • Todd Solondz
    Life During Wartime

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

  • Everything Strange and New
    Director: Frazer Bradshaw
    Producers: A.D. Liano, Laura Techera Francia
  • Get Low
    Director: Aaron Schneider
    Producers: David Gundlach, Dean Zanuck
  • Night Catches Us
    Director: Tanya Hamilton
    Producers: Sean Costello, Jason Orans, Ronald Simons
  • The Last Exorcism
    Director: Daniel Stamm
    Producers: Marc Abraham, Tom Bliss, Eric Newman, Eli Roth
  • Tiny Furniture
    Director: Lena Dunham
    Producers: Kyle Martin, Alicia Van Couvering

BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY

  • Diane Bell
    Obselidia
  • Lena Dunham
    Tiny Furniture
  • Nik Fackler
    Lovely, Still
  • Bob Glaudini
    Jack Goes Boating
  • Dana Adam Shapiro, Evan M. Wiener
    Monogamy

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 listed

  • Daddy Longlegs
    Writer/Directors: Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie
    Producers: Casey Neistat, Tom Scott
  • Lbs.
    Director: Matthew Bonifacio
    Writer/Producers: Matthew Bonifacio, Carmine Famiglietti
  • Lovers of Hate
    Writer/Director: Bryan Poyser
    Producer: Megan Gilbride
  • Obselidia
    Writer/Director: Diane Bell
    Producers: Chris Byrne, Mathew Medlin
  • The Exploding Girl
    Writer/Director: Bradley Rust Gray
    Producers: Karin Chien, Ben Howe, So Yong Kim

BEST FEMALE LEAD

  • Annette Bening
    The Kids Are All Right

  • Greta Gerwig
    Greenberg

  • Nicole Kidman
    Rabbit Hole

  • Jennifer Lawrence
    Winter’s Bone

  • Natalie Portman
    Black Swan

  • Michelle Williams
    Blue Valentine

BEST MALE LEAD

  • Ronald Bronstein
    Daddy Longlegs
  • Aaron Eckhart
    Rabbit Hole
  • James Franco
    127 Hours
  • John C. Reilly
    Cyrus
  • Ben Stiller
    Greenberg

BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE

  • Ashley Bell
    The Last Exorcism
  • Dale Dickey
    Winter’s Bone
  • Allison Janney
    Life During Wartime
  • Daphne Rubin-Vega
    Jack Goes Boating
  • Naomi Watts
    Mother and Child

BEST SUPPORTING MALE

  • John Hawkes
    Winter’s Bone
  • Samuel L. Jackson
    Mother and Child
  • Bill Murray
    Get Low
  • John Ortiz
    Jack Goes Boating
  • Mark Ruffalo
    The Kids Are All Right

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

  • Adam Kimmel
    Never Let Me Go
  • Matthew Libatique
    Black Swan
  • Jody Lee Lipes
    Tiny Furniture
  • Michael McDonough
    Winter’s Bone
  • Harris Savides
    Greenberg

BEST DOCUMENTARY (Award given to the director)

  • Exit Through the Gift Shop
    Director: Banksy
  • Marwencol
    Director: Jeff Malmberg
  • Restrepo
    Directors: Tim Hetherington, Sebastian Junger
  • Sweetgrass
    Directors: Ilisa Barbash, Lucien Castaing-Taylor
  • Thunder Soul
    Director: Mark Landsman

BEST FOREIGN FILM (Award given to the director)

  • Kisses
    (Ireland)
    Director: Lance Daly
  • Mademoiselle Chambon
    (France)
    Director: Stéphane Brizé
  • Of Gods and Men
    (Morocco)
    Director: Xavier Beauvois
  • The King’s Speech
    (United Kingdom)
    Director: Tom Hooper
  • Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
    (Thailand)
    Director: Apichatpong Weerasethakul

ACURA SOMEONE TO WATCH AWARD – The 17th annual Acura Someone to Watch Award recognizes a talented filmmaker of singular vision who has not yet received appropriate recognition. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant funded by Acura.

  • Hossein Keshavarz
    Dog Sweat
  • Laurel Nakadate
    The Wolf Knife
  • Mike Ott
    Littlerock

PIAGET PRODUCERS AWARD – The 14th annual Piaget Producers Award 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.

  • In-Ah Lee
    Au Revoir Taipei
  • Adele Romanski
    The Myth of the American Sleepover
  • Anish Savjani
    Meek’s Cutoff

AVEENO® TRUER THAN FICTION AWARD – The 16th annual AVEENO® Truer Than Fiction Award 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 AVEENO®.

  • Ilisa Barbash, Lucien Castaing-Taylor
    Sweetgrass
  • Jeff Malmberg
    Marwencol
  • Lynn True, Nelson Walker
    Summer Pasture

ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD – (Given to one film’s director, casting director, and its ensemble cast)

  • Please Give
    Director: Nicole Holofcener
    Casting Director: Jeanne McCarthy
    Ensemble Cast: Ann Guilbert, Rebecca Hall, Catherine Keener, Amanda Peet, Oliver Platt, Lois Smith, Sarah Steele



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One Comment on "2011 FILM INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARDS NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED"

  1. Film Slate Magazine on Wed, 8th Dec 2010 9:35 pm 

    There are a lot of interesting films nominated this year. Thank god for Film Independent and everyone championing the independent spirit.


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