Spirit Award nominations announced

The nominees for the Spirit Awards were just announced, with Precious, The Last Station, and The Messenger performing particularly well. A couple notes: Overlooked candidates include A Serious Man‘s Michael Stuhlbarg, A Single Man‘s Julianne Moore, and That Evening Sun‘s Hal Holbrook. An Education‘s Carey Mulligan wasn’t eligible (her film is not from the U.S.), and The Hurt Locker received two nominations last year. Here are the nominees:

Best Feature
(500) Days of Summer
Sin Nombre
The Last Station

Best Director
Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, A Serious Man
Lee Daniels, Precious
Cary Joji Fukunaga, Sin Nombre
James Gray, Two Lovers
Michael Hoffman, The Last Station

Best Screenplay
Alessandro Camon, Oren Moverman, The Messenger
Michael Hoffman, The Last Station
Lee Toland Krieger, The Vicious Kind
Greg Mottola, Adventureland
Scott Neustadter, Michael H. Weber, (500) Days of Summer

Best First Feature
A Single Man
Crazy Heart
Easier With Practice
Paranormal Activity
The Messenger

Best First Screenplay
Sophie Barthes, Cold Souls
Scott Cooper, Crazy Heart
Cherien Dabis, Amreeka
Geoffrey Fletcher, Precious
Tom Ford, David Scearce, A Single Man

Best Female Lead
Maria Bello, Downloading Nancy
Nisreen Faour, Amreeka
Helen Mirren, The Last Station
Gwyneth Paltrow, Two Lovers
Gabourey Sidibe, Precious

Best Male Lead
Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart
Colin Firth, A Single Man
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, (500) Days of Summer
Souleymane Sy Savane, Goodbye Solo
Adam Scott, The Vicious Kind

Best Supporting Female
Dina Korzun, Cold Souls
Mo’Nique, Precious
Samantha Morton, The Messenger
Natalie Press, Fifty Dead Men Walking
Mia Wasikowska, That Evening Sun

Best Supporting Male
Jemaine Clement, Gentlemen Broncos
Woody Harrelson, The Messenger
Christian McKay, Me and Orson Welles
Raymond McKinnon, That Evening Sun
Christopher Plummer, The Last Station

Best Cinematography
Roger Deakins, A Serious Man
Adriano Goldman, Sin Nombre
Anne Misawa, Treeless Mountain
Andrij Parekh, Cold Souls
Peter Zeitlinger, Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans

Best Documentary
Anvil! The Story of Anvil!
Food, Inc.
More Than a Game
October Country
Which Way Home

Best Foreign Film
A Prophet
An Education
Everlasting Moments
The Maid

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  • hanna

    Yay for JGL getting a Best Actor nod! Well deserved!

  • Chelsea

    Yay for Joseph Gordon-Levitt!! He and Ryan Gosling are the best actors out there in their age group.

    • Job


    • Gabby

      Yeah, but I’m disappointed they didn’t givey Zoey a nod, even if her character was a less classically empathetic female.

  • John

    Congratulations to the artists who made (500) Days of Summer and Sin Nombre. Plus, congratulations to the Spirit Awards for acknowledging those artists.

  • stiffy

    ‘Sin Nombre’ was excellent and I loved it!

    • Laura

      Agreed! I thought that it was a wonderful film!

  • Jason

    Interesting that Julianne Moore gets snubbed for her work in “A Single Man.” She’s considered one of the Oscar locks, isn’t she?

  • bruno

    where the crap is julianne moore?

  • paige

    julianne moore snub alert!- i guess Mo’Nique’s oscar chances just got stronger…

  • Tristan

    Yay for Gwyneth Paltrow in Female Lead. Two Lovers was a great movie, and she and Joaquin were excellent in it.

    • chelsea

      I would have liked Joaquin being nominated too. Where is he these days? Still all crazy (or was that for show)?

    • stiffy

      WOW! I’m so excited that Gwyneth Paltrow is nominated for ‘Two Lovers’. I thought she was brilliant and I could see an Oscar nomination too that I mentioned to EW earlier this year.

  • E.

    Love the nods for Two Lovers. It’s very rich and underappreciated film, and the first I’ve been enchanted by a Gwyneth Paltrow performance.

    Has anyone seen Amreeka? I vaguely remember it being out, but it seems to be getting awards attention now… Just read a recap and sounds very interesting.

  • noam

    i loved the messenger…sad to see that ben foster failed to merit a nomination. he is ranked amongst ryan gosling, joseph gordon-levitt, paul dano, anton yelchin and james mcavoy in my book of great actors of this generation… but a pretty solid list. maybe there is hope for sensible awards nominations this year.

  • Bruce L

    Some love for “A Serious Man,” but none for Michael Stuhlbarg? Aw. And wasn’t Julianne Moore supposed to be as strong a Supporting Actress contender as her co-star Colin Firth was a Leading Actor candidate?

    I’m also very disappointed in the Best Supporting Male category. Woody Harrelson and Christian McKay are excellent, but they’re unquestionably leading players in their respective films. It sounds like Christopher Plummer falls into the same category. Jermaine Clement is terrible in “Gentleman Broncos;” from what I hear about “That Evening Sun,” Raymond McKinnon is the only legitimate supporting actor of quality in the category.

  • KM

    I’m so happy that SIn Nombre got some love. That movie was amazing, and brought up some good issues.

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  • Job

    MARIA BELLO!!!! Downloading Nancy , classic

  • Kyle

    I had the good fortune of getting to see “That Evening Sun” at a local film festival, and while both Ray McKinnon and Mia Wasikowska were good in their respective roles, I wouldn’t consider them award-worthy…Hal Holbrook in the lead though had me thinking “Oscar Nom #2″–yet he’s not even recognized here??!!! what the what?

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