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'Winter's Bone' & 'The Kids Are All Right' Lead The Nominees For The Spirit Awards

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist November 30, 2010 at 4:18AM

With seven and five nominations respectively for "Winter's Bone" and "The Kids Are All Right," female directors and their films are leading the pack this year at the Independent Spirit Awards.
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With seven and five nominations respectively for "Winter's Bone" and "The Kids Are All Right," female directors and their films are leading the pack this year at the Independent Spirit Awards.

The nominations, announced this morning by the giggly Eva Mendes (the word "monogamy" sent her into small fit of laughter) and Jeremy Renner, boasted some intriguing surprises. While the the two critically acclaimed films leading the pack were pretty much expected to feature heavily, who would've thought "Greenberg" would've earned four nominations including Best Feature or that "Mother & Child" would come out of nowhere to land nods for Naomi Watts and Samuel L. Jackson? In another surprising turn, Best Female Lead for the first time has six nominees this year and is a strong indication of how heavily contested that slot will be over the upcoming months. Also of note, Ronald Bronstein who took home the Gotham Award last night for Breakthrough Actor for his performance in "Daddy Longlegs" continues to have a helluva fall, landing a Best Male Lead nod here alongside the likes of James Franco ("127 Hours"), Ben Stiller ("Greenberg") and Aaron Eckhart ("Rabbit Hole").

The Spirit Awards will take place Saturday, February 26th and will be hosted by Joel McHale. Full list of nominees after the jump.

BEST FEATURE
127 Hours
Black Swan
Greenberg
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 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
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
Bob Glaudini, Jack Goes Boating
Dana Adam Shapiro, Evan M. Wiener, Monogamy

JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD
Daddy Longlegs
Lbs.
Lovers of Hate
Obselidia
The Exploding Girl

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
Exit Through the Gift Shop
Marwencol
Restrepo
Sweetgrass
Thunder Soul

BEST FOREIGN FILM
Kisses
Mademoiselle Chambon
Of Gods and Men
The King's Speech
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

ACURA SOMEONE TO WATCH AWARD
Hossein Keshavarz, Dog Sweat
Laurel Nakadate, The Wolf Knife
Mike Ott, Littlerock

PIAGET PRODUCERS AWARD
In-Ah Lee, Au Revoir Taipei
Adele Romanski, The Myth of the American Sleepover
Anish Savjani, Meek's Cutoff

AVEENO® TRUER THAN FICTION AWARD
Ilisa Barbash, Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Sweetgrass
Jeff Malmberg, Marwencol
Lynn True, Nelson Walker, Summer Pasture

ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD
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

This article is related to: Films, Winter's Bone, The Kids Are All Right, Spirit Awards


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