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'12 Years A Slave' & 'Nebraska' Come Out Ahead In 2014 Spirit Award Nominations

by Oliver Lyttelton
November 26, 2013 1:34 PM
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2013 Spirit Nominations

Ready for awards season to really get underway? No? Well, it's too late, because ahead of the start of the critics' awards next week, Film Independent's Spirit Awards have just unveiled their nominations for their annual awards, the biggest in the indie world.

Big hitters like "Gravity," "Saving Mr Banks" and "American Hustle" are absent, too expensive or studio based to qualify, but there's still lots of fierce competition here. So what triumphed, and what missed out? Well, as you might imagine, "12 Years A Slave' leads the field with 7 nominations, including Best Feature, Director, Actor, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress, Screenplay,  and Cinematography, while "Nebraska" was close behind with six, picking up nods in the same categories bar Cinematography. "All Is Lost" was next behind, with four, giving the film a boost for its award chances, while "Inside Llewyn Davis" and "Frances Ha" made up the rest of the feature nominations, though missed out on other key nods: 'Frances' shockingly missed a nod for Greta Gerwig, while Davis picked up a nomination for Oscar Isaac, but nothing for the Coen Brothers.

Elsewhere, "Blue Jasmine," "Fruitvale Station" and "Short Term 12" all picked up multiple nods, while Matthew McConaughey joined the Best Actor field for "Dallas Buyers Club," and Gaby Hoffman was a surprise Best Actress nominee for "Crystal Fairy," only a little more unexpected than a nod for Yolanda Ross for the little known "Go For Sisters" in Best Supporting Female. Shane Carruth and Jeff Nichols also nabbed directing nominations, alongside J.C. Chandor, Alexander Payne and Steve McQueen

Check out the full list of nominees below, and you can find out the winners on March 1st, 2014

"12 Years A Slave"
"All Is Lost"
"Frances Ha"
"Inside Llewyn Davis"

Cate Blanchett - "Blue Jasmine"
Julie Delpy - "Before Midnight"
Gaby Hoffman - "Crystal Fairy"
Brie Larson - "Short Term 12"
Shailene Woodley - "The Spectacular Now"

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"

Melonie Diaz - "Fruitvale Station"
Sally Hawkins - "Blue Jasmine" 
Lupita N'Yongo - "12 Years A Slave"
Yolanda Ross - "Go For Sisters"
June Squibb - "Nebraska"

Michael Fassbender - "12 Years A Slave"
Will Forte - "Nebraska"
James Gandolfini - "Enough Said"
Jared Leto - "Dallas Buyers Club"
Keith Stanfield - "Short Term 12"

Shane Carruth - "Upstream Color"
J.C. Chandor - "All Is Lost"
Steve McQueen - "12 Years A Slave"
Jeff Nichols - "Mud"
Alexander Payne - "Nebraska"

"Blue Caprice"
"Fruitvale Station"
"Una Noche"

"Computer Chess"
"Crystal Fairy"
"Museum Hours"
"Pit Stop"
"This Is Martin Bonner"

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"

Lake Bell - "In A World"
Joseph Gordon-Levitt - "Don Jon"
Bob Nelson - "Nebraska"
Jill Soloway - "Afternoon Delight"
Michael Starburry - "The Inevitable Defeat Of Mister & Pete"

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"

Shane Carruth & David Lowery - "Upstream Color"
Jem Cohen & Marc Vives - "Museum Hours"
Jennifer Lame - "Frances Ha"
Cindy Lee - "Una Noche"
Nat Sanders - "Short Term 12"

"A Touch Of Sin"
"Blue Is The Warmest Color"
"The Great Beauty"
"The Hunt"

"The Act Of Killing"
"After Tiller"
"Gideon's Army"
"The Square"
"Twenty Feet From Stardom"

Toby Halbrooks & James M. Johnson
Jacob Jaffke
Andrea Roa
Ferderick Thornton

Kalyanee Mam - "A River Changes Course"
Jason Osder - "Let The Fire Burn"
Stephanie Spray & Pancho Valez - "Manakamana"

Aaron Douglas Johnston - "My Sisters' Quinceanera"
Shaka King - "Newlyweeds"
Madeleine Olnek - "The Foxy Merkins"


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  • MDL | November 27, 2013 5:02 PMReply

    "Computer Chess" for best cinematography is an interesting choice. 1980's style B&W video is definitely indie and the choice makes sense for the material but not sure it is 'best'.

  • Susan | January 7, 2014 9:21 PM

    Yes, I agree, it is indie in the sense that on a big budget movie the producers never would have let them shoot on those old cameras. But besides that, I think the camerawork on Computer Chess is much more than just the choice of the old camera technology, strong storytelling with the images within all these self obstructed limits. And doing that without drawing more attention than storywise needed in this case to the camera itself. It is a great example of escaping conventions not for the sake of attracting an audience by using it as an effect but rather to tell a better story.

  • Mohammed | November 27, 2013 6:15 AMReply

    Great showing by TYAS. On the Best Actor category it COULD have been more nominees. Think about that. In the Best Female Lead on the other hand, only Blanchet, Larson and Delpy should be there. Among the three perhaps Blanchet would've made it if it was a general category competing with the men. Year after year the Best Female category is weak.

    And congrats to the Spirits for sh****** on Frances Ha. A film that didn't even deserve the nominations it got.

  • Anonymouse | November 26, 2013 2:46 PMReply

    Frances Ha over Upstream Color for best feature? no.

  • MDL | November 27, 2013 4:56 PM

    Although Shane Caruth did get a best director nomination but Noah Baumbach did not. So it almost evens out.

  • Eric | November 26, 2013 2:54 PM

    I'd also put it below Blue Jasmine, The Spectacular Now, Prince Avalanche (yes I'm standing behind this one), In A World..., and Mud.

  • Andrew | November 26, 2013 2:35 PMReply

    No Greta Gerwig nom, despite nominating six Male Leads. That's disappointing.

  • oogle monster | November 26, 2013 2:14 PMReply

    Next up: the inevitable Best Supporting Actress nomination for Sally Hawkins in BLUE JASMINE

  • Lew Dolan | November 26, 2013 1:54 PMReply

    These awards are a joke, cinematography for Spring Breakers? Over a movie like the stunning Big Sur?

    In A World doesn't get a first feature nomination?

    The spirit is lost.

  • Adam | January 24, 2014 8:30 PM

    Spring Breakers had great cinematography, but it also seems a bit like a long music video in that sense which after a while becomes this colorful but empty bubble. But I am not so sure if it was the best visual story telling.

  • MDL | November 27, 2013 4:59 PM

    'In a World' is like good TV - but not much else. If that is the measure of 'indie' films then the world of indie film is not too strong. It's a good thing there are better films representing the spirit of indie films.

  • catt | November 26, 2013 3:08 PM

    Spring Breakers had great cinematography.

  • Eric | November 26, 2013 2:43 PM

    Agreed with Dolan....I can't believe In A World didn't get a Best First Feature nomination. That's one of the best films of the year.

  • X Trapnel | November 26, 2013 2:23 PM

    Big Sur? You're kidding. An unforgivably dreary adaptation of a truly awful book. No wonder it received almost no distribution. And totally unremarkable, meretriciously pretty cinematography.

  • Eric | November 26, 2013 1:43 PMReply

    Oh yeah, where's Prince Avalanche? Nothing?

  • BEF | November 26, 2013 6:18 PM

    Prince Avalanche has a lot more independent "spirit" than "12 Years a Slave" ... these noms are just trying too hard to align with Oscars; I wish they'd change the rules, it's just something that a larger film can use for Oscar positioning now ... love the Larson/Stanfield/Carruth love, but ... egads.

  • Eric | November 26, 2013 2:42 PM

    Maybe for the categories it's eligible for, but not every film here is better. Shave a couple 100k off the budget and its a shoe-in for the John Cassavetes category. And it just feels like a true indie movie unlike a lot of the stuff here. Every year that Best Feature list looks more and more like nearly all mainstream films.

  • lol | November 26, 2013 2:29 PM

    All the films nominated are much better than Prince Avalanche.

  • Eric | November 26, 2013 1:42 PMReply

    Awwww, no James Franco. Gaby Hoffman??? Was hoping for more for In A World. Glad to see some love for The Spectacular Now.

  • Jamie T D | November 26, 2013 3:29 PM

    I agree Shailene was fantastic in The Spectacular Now.

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