'Winter's Bone,' 'Kids Are All Right' top Spirit Award nominees

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Indie hits Winter’s Bone and The Kids Are All Right dominated the Film Independent Spirit Award nominees this morning, as Winter’s Bone earned a phenomenal seven nominations and Kids scored five. Both films were named in the Best Feature category, which also includes 127 Hours, Black Swan, and Greenberg. The upcoming drama Rabbit Hole also did very well, earning four nods, including acting citations for Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart.

Particularly because these nominees were chosen by a small group of industry professionals, there were a few surprising omissions. Though Kids stars Annette Bening and Mark Ruffalo received nods, their castmate Julianne Moore did not. Likewise, Get Low scored two nominations (Best First Feature and Best Supporting Male for Bill Murray), but leading man Robert Duvall was overlooked. It also would have been nice to see Halle Berry in there for Frankie & Alice. And of course I’m steamed over the exclusion of Blue Valentine from the Best Actor (Ryan Gosling) and Best Feature races. Here are the nominees:

Best Feature
127 Hours
Black Swan
The Kids Are All Right
Winter’s Bone

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

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

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

Read the rest of the nominees after the jump.

Best Screenplay
Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg, 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
Everything Strange and New
Get Low
Night Catches Us
The Last Exorcism
Tiny Furniture

Best First Screenplay
Diane Bell, Obselidia
Lena Dunham, Tiny Furniture
Nik Fackler, Lovely, Still
Robert Glaudini, Jack Goes Boating
Dana Adam Shapiro & Evan M. Wiener, Monogamy

Best Foreign Film
The King’s Speech
Mademoiselle Chambon
Of Gods and Men
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

Best Documentary
Exit Through the Gift Shop
Thunder Soul

Best Cinematography
Never Let Me Go
Black Swan
Tiny Furniture
Winter’s Bone

John Cassavetes Award
Daddy Longlegs
The Exploding Girl
Lovers of Hate

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  • graeme

    No Julianne Moore? You gotta be kidding me.

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  • Justin

    Oh, when will Julianne get her due.

    • Erin

      It’s a shame she wasn’t nominated, I thought she was far better than Annette Bening. It absolutely baffles me that Bening is getting all the attention when Juliane Moore really made that movie with her performance.

  • Lee

    I’m surprised that Turkey’s BAL, which won the grand prize at this year’s Berlin Film Festival, wasn’t nominated for Best Foreign Film.

  • cam

    sorry for my ignorance, but are the spirit awards just for indies? …anyways, I was hoping to see Chloe Moretz nominated. Guess her films didn’t hit big enough.

    • Mary

      Responding to Cam’s question: yes, the Spirit Awards are for indies.

      Great to see “Exit Through the Gift Shop” nominated for Best Doc — great film!

    • Carly

      Their for Indies that cost less then 20 million dollars to make.

  • Mike

    Greenberg? Get the F out of here. What a joke. That should not be nominated for anything.

    • Dave

      Amen to that…a negative, sour bore.

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      Since I haven’t seen Dancing lately, while ollevy pix of Gail seem to grace your blog these days, I’ll cast my vote for Gail too. I’m sure she could dance better anyway if she wanted to, and had you for a partner! Right?

  • keith

    Pissed about Gosling. Crappers.

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  • Tia

    Thanks–I would have appreciated being able to access each movie thru their individual link.

    • Paul

      I’ll restart the dtaebe, and I’m not part of that industry but;Why no French award?Bilingual country my a$$.Why no Other language award?We have more other language newspaper than french or english put together in this multi cultural country. Why no “new media” award ?Blogs and websites deserves their award also, RueFrontenac is maybe a striked employees site, but it’s already better than Journal is anyway. Actual journalism happening there.I think that maybe it’s time to CAJ to realize where and when they are at the moment.

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  • Michael

    Good to see Bill Murray getting some love.

  • Glitter Beard

    Julianne More?!?!? WTF? She was amazing in KIDS ARE ALRIGHT.


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  • Alex

    What?! They overlooked Ryan Gosling AND Julianne Moore? And here I thought the Indies had some sense. What a crying shame.

  • Nachtmuzik

    Where are Mila Kunis and Barbara Hershey (Black Swan), Mia Wasikowska (The Kids Are All Right) and “Poetry”?

  • scar2

    I’m with others here. Julianne Moore was as pivotal in Kids as Bening. I don’t understand why she’s being overlooked. Is it because her character was less sympathetic than Bening. I thought it made her more human. Still hoping she’ll get an Oscar nod.

  • jaj

    thank god John Hawkes was nominated, his character and performance were absolutely haunting.

  • Mike

    Pretty pleased with noms esp all acting noms for Winters Bone. I am upset over omission of Julianne Moore for KAAR but had a hunch that would happen. Acting noms for Jacki Weaver and Ben Mendelsohn for Animal Kingdom would had been great but film ineligible because its an Australian production

  • ethan

    Glad to see the noms for “Rabbit Hole,” but Diane Wiest was somehow forgotten about. Weird. Also pleased by the love for “KAAR,” but somebody should mention that Bening was even more fantastic in the almost completely snubbed “Mother and Child.” And no nomination for Catherine Keener in “Please Give”? Please!

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