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Indie Spirit Award Nominations Analysis- 'Moonrise Kingdom,' 'Silver Linings Playbook' Lead Noms (UPDATED)

Thompson on Hollywood By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood November 27, 2012 at 1:30PM

The Indie Spirit Award Nominations came rolling in this morning, with "Beasts of the Southern Wild," "Bernie," "Keep the Lights On," "Moonrise Kingdom" and "Silver Linings Playbook" all securing Best Feature nominations. Full list below.
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"Moonrise Kingdom"
"Moonrise Kingdom"

The Indie Spirit Award Nominations came rolling in this morning, with "Beasts of the Southern Wild," "Bernie," "Keep the Lights On," "Moonrise Kingdom" and "Silver Linings Playbook" all securing Best Feature nominations. Expected frontrunner "Beasts of the Southern Wild" yielded three nominations, while "Moonrise Kingdom" and "Silver Linings Playbook" secured five apiece.

Fox Searchlight led the field with nine nominations, including "Beasts," "The Sessions," "Ruby Sparks" and "The Sound of My Own Voice." "Perks of Being A Wallflower" landed best first feature, but nothing for its actors. And even with six nominations for male lead, Jake Gyllenhaal did not secure a spot for "End of Watch," while his co-star Michael Pena nabbed a supporting actor nod.

Looking ahead to the Oscar race, "Beasts" star Quvenzhane Wallis moves forward, along with "Silver Linings Playbook," "The Sessions," and "Moonrise Kingdom," which got badly needed boosts. Interestingly, Matthew McConaughey earned two nominations: lead for "Killer Joe," and supporting for "Magic Mike." Ann Dowd, who has been mounting her own awards campaign for "Compliance," ended up in supporting, which makes no sense whatsoever. 

The docs getting a leg up on the intense awards competition this year: AIDs history "How to Survive a Plague" (Sundance Selects), performance art doc "Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present" (HBO/Music Box), Ken Burns' "The Central Park Five" (PBS/Sundance Selects), Kirby Dick's military rape expose "The Invisible War" (Cinedigm) and self-distributed "The Waiting Room," from feature rookie Peter Nicks, who also was nominated for the truer-than-fiction award.

And the Weinsteins worked their usual magic, persuading the Indie Spirits that "Silver Linings Playbook" was eligible despite costing a reported $21 million (the cap is supposed to be $15 million). Last year they managed to put French film "The Artist" over as an American indie, thus robbing the Spirit Awards of any drama.

Full list below.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.