Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
First Official Image: Jesse Eisenberg As Lex Luthor In 'Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice' First Official Image: Jesse Eisenberg As Lex Luthor In 'Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice' Watch: First Trailer For Arnold Schwarzenegger's Zombie Pic 'Maggie' With Abigail Breslin Watch: First Trailer For Arnold Schwarzenegger's Zombie Pic 'Maggie' With Abigail Breslin Idris Elba Replaces Jamie Foxx In Harmony Korine's 'The Trap,' Al Pacino, Robert Pattinson, James Franco Also Join Idris Elba Replaces Jamie Foxx In Harmony Korine's 'The Trap,' Al Pacino, Robert Pattinson, James Franco Also Join 10 Terrible Films Starring Great Actors 10 Terrible Films Starring Great Actors Watch: Tom Hanks Acts Out His Filmography In 7-Minutes On 'The Late Late Show' Watch: Tom Hanks Acts Out His Filmography In 7-Minutes On 'The Late Late Show' Watch: Trailer For 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' Unrated Blu-Ray Edition, Will Also Feature An Alternate Ending Watch: Trailer For 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' Unrated Blu-Ray Edition, Will Also Feature An Alternate Ending New Directors/New Films Review: Jia Zhang-ke Produced 'K' Is A New Take On Franz Kafka's 'The Castle' New Directors/New Films Review: Jia Zhang-ke Produced 'K' Is A New Take On Franz Kafka's 'The Castle' Viggo Mortensen Reveals He Turned Down Quentin Tarantino's 'The Hateful Eight,' Auditioned For 'Reservoir Dogs' Viggo Mortensen Reveals He Turned Down Quentin Tarantino's 'The Hateful Eight,' Auditioned For 'Reservoir Dogs' Watch: First Teaser Trailer For 'Mission: Impossible: Rogue Nation' With Tom Cruise Arrives, If You Choose To Accept It Watch: First Teaser Trailer For 'Mission: Impossible: Rogue Nation' With Tom Cruise Arrives, If You Choose To Accept It Keanu Reeves, Jim Carrey & Jason Momoa Join Ana Lily Amirpour’s Cannibal Love Story ‘The Bad Batch’ Keanu Reeves, Jim Carrey & Jason Momoa Join Ana Lily Amirpour’s Cannibal Love Story ‘The Bad Batch’ Jonathan Nolan Says His Original Ending To 'Interstellar' Was “Much More Straightforward” Jonathan Nolan Says His Original Ending To 'Interstellar' Was “Much More Straightforward” The 25 Best Animated Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Animated Films Of The 21st Century So Far 13 Cult Films About Cults 13 Cult Films About Cults The 50 Best Films Of The Decade So Far The 50 Best Films Of The Decade So Far The 25 Best Films Of 2015 We've Already Seen The 25 Best Films Of 2015 We've Already Seen Best Of 2014: The 15 Best Movie Soundtracks Of 2014 Best Of 2014: The 15 Best Movie Soundtracks Of 2014 The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More

The Snubs & Surprises Of The 2014 Spirit Award Nominations

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist November 26, 2013 at 3:07PM

Strap in, because it's all downhill from here. Or uphill. Either way, the road to the Dolby Theater is now officially open as Film Independent's Spirit Awards have unveiled their nominations for this year (yes, they call it 2014 even though it's for 2013's movies because they'll hand out the hardware in March—yes, it's a bit confusing). But it should be noted: the Spirit Awards has a budget barrier which keeps bigger movies out and obviously their mandate excludes studio pictures so this don't consider this a definitive augur for Oscars.
45
Ain't Them Bodies Saints Rooney Mara

Strap in, because it's all downhill from here. Or uphill. Either way, the road to the Dolby Theater is now officially open as Film Independent's Spirit Awards have unveiled their nominations for this year (they call it 2014 even though it's for 2013's movies because they'll hand out the hardware in March—yes, it's a bit confusing). But it should be noted: the Spirit Awards has a budget barrier which keeps bigger movies out and obviously their mandate excludes studio pictures, so don't consider this a definitive augur for Oscars.

Anyway, this year voters spread out the love for the most part, with almost every hot indie movie of the past twelve months getting some kind of recognition in one category or another. And while "12 Years a Slave" led the field with seven nominations, plenty more films ("Blue Jasmine," "Short Term 12" and "Fruitvale Station") got three nods each, with more getting a couple of nominations to take home. Still, there were some snubs and surprises to be had as well, and we'll quickly break them down here.

Surprises

Inside Llewyn Davis

Six Nominees in Best Male Lead
Consider it an indication that this year is going to be a tightly fought battle to the final five at the Oscars, the Indie Spirits wound up with six nominees in their own Best Male Lead category. Both the expected veterans (Robert Redford and Bruce Dern) and rising comers (Michael B. Jordan, Oscar Isaac, Matthew McConaughey, Chiwetel Ejiofor) all managed to get a place at a table. But we'll see which of these guys gets bounced when the Academy weighs in (and remember, they'll be up against folks from "American Hustle" and "The Wolf Of Wall Street" too).

Yolonda Who?
Opening in tiny limited release with barely a ripple, it seems John Sayles' latest "Go For Sisters" connected with the right people in the right places. The film's supporting actress Yolonda Ross managed to scoot into contention alongside folks like Lupita Nyong'o ("12 Years a Slave"), June Squibb ("Nebraska") and Sally Hawkins ("Blue Jasmine"). Not bad, and now it looks like we should probably track down that film.

Short Term 12

Gaby Hoffman
Again, huh? "Crystal Fairy" was a quirky Sundance entry with Michael Cera journeying to find a magical high, and when it hit theaters, critics and audiences shrugged and that was that. But most agreed Gaby Hoffman's performance as the titular character was a memorable and brave turn (read: she got naked), though we're still surprised it has stuck in the memory enough to earn a nomination. There was certainly lots of competition in the field (keeping reading) and winding up in the company of Cate Blanchett and Julie Delpy is no easy feat.

Keith Stanfield
For the past couple of months there has been a quiet, persistent campaign for this to happen and well, it looks like Keith Stanfield is having his moment. As the troubled, hip-hop loving teen in "Short Term 12" who fears moving on to life on the outside, he has a great arc in the movie and gives a splendid turn. Clearly voters were affected, and in a tough crowd, he's broken through to take some shine in a movie that is shaping up to be an underdog contender.

Snubs

"Ain't Them Bodies Saints"
Perhaps the biggest shocker was not one single nomination for the lyrical love story "Ain't Them Bodies Saints" starring Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck. The winner of two awards at Sundance created instant buzz for writer/director David Lowery (who was snapped up by moviemakers for multiple projects in the months that followed the film's debut in Utah), but it seems his doomed story of two lovers marching toward their inevitable fate didn't resonate. And that's a shame as both Mara and Affleck put in some beautiful work (not to mention a great supporting turn from Ben Foster), Lowery puts himself on notice as a director, and Bradford Young declares himself one to watch with his gorgeous work behind the camera.

This article is related to: Features, Awards, Spirit Awards


The Playlist

The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more.


Check out Indiewire on LockerDome on LockerDome

E-Mail Updates