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Indie Spirit Awards 2012 Nominees, 'The Artist' & 'Take Shelter' Lead

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November 29, 2011

Indie Spirit Awards 2012 - The Artist

The Independent Spirit Awards are an annual award given in the name of independent film, featuring plenty of those little indies which deserve the honor and recognition that they won't necessarily be receiving at the Oscars - though I hope not this time. The nominees for the 27th annual Film Indie Spirit Awards were announced today (via their website), and can be seen below. J.C. Chandor's Margin Call was selected to receive the annual Robert Altman Award, bestowed upon a film's director, casting director and its entire ensemble cast. The winners will be announced on February 25th, 2012 at the ceremony in Santa Monica.

You'll notice an [IMDb] (or trailer) link next to each film. This is so you can discover new films, because there is guaranteed to be at least one you've never heard of. Here is the complete list of 2012 nominees!

BEST FEATURE
50/50 [IMDb / Trailer]
Beginners [IMDb / Trailer]
Drive [IMDb / Trailer]
Take Shelter [IMDb / Trailer]
The Artist [IMDb / Trailer]
The Descendants [IMDb / Trailer]

BEST FIRST FEATURE
Another Earth [IMDb / Trailer]
In the Family [IMDb]
Margin Call [IMDb / Trailer]
Martha Marcy May Marlene [IMDb / Trailer]
Natural Selection [IMDb]

BEST DIRECTOR
Michel Hazanavicius - The Artist [IMDb / Trailer]
Mike Mills - Beginners [IMDb / Trailer]
Jeff Nichols - Take Shelter [IMDb / Trailer]
Alexander Payne - The Descendants [IMDb / Trailer]
Nicolas Winding Refn - Drive [IMDb / Trailer]

BEST MALE LEAD
Demian Bichir - A Better Life [IMDb / Trailer]
Jean Dujardin - The Artist [IMDb / Trailer]
Ryan Gosling - Drive [IMDb / Trailer]
Woody Harrelson - Rampart [IMDb / Trailer]
Michael Shannon - Take Shelter [IMDb / Trailer]

BEST FEMALE LEAD
Lauren Ambrose - Think of Me [IMDb]
Rachael Harris - Natural Selection [IMDb]
Adepero Oduye - Pariah [IMDb / Trailer]
Elizabeth Olsen - Martha Marcy May Marlene [IMDb / Trailer]
Michelle Williams - My Week with Marilyn [IMDb / Trailer]

BEST SUPPORTING MALE
Albert Brooks - Drive [IMDb / Trailer]
John Hawkes - Martha Marcy May Marlene [IMDb / Trailer]
Christopher Plummer - Beginners [IMDb / Trailer]
John C. Reilly - Cedar Rapids [IMDb / Trailer]
Corey Stoll - Midnight in Paris [IMDb / Trailer]

BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE
Jessica Chastain - Take Shelter [IMDb / Trailer]
Anjelica Huston - 50/50 [IMDb / Trailer]
Janet McTeer - Albert Nobbs [IMDb / Trailer]
Harmony Santana - Gun Hill Road [IMDb]
Shailene Woodley The Descendants [IMDb / Trailer]

BEST SCREENPLAY
Joseph Cedar - Footnote [IMDb]
Michel Hazanavicius - The Artist [IMDb / Trailer]
Tom McCarthy - Win Win [IMDb / Trailer]
Mike Mills - Beginners [IMDb / Trailer]
Alexander Payne & Nat Faxon & Jim Rash - The Descendants [IMDb / Trailer]

BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY
Mike Cahill & Brit Marling - Another Earth [IMDb / Trailer]
J.C. Chandor - Margin Call [IMDb / Trailer]
Patrick Dewitt - Terri [IMDb / Trailer]
Phil Johnston - Cedar Rapids [IMDb / Trailer]
Will Reiser - 50/50 [IMDb / Trailer]

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Joel Hodge - Bellflower [IMDb / Trailer]
Benjamin Kasulke - The Off Hours [IMDb]
Darius Khondji - Midnight in Paris [IMDb / Trailer]
Guillaume Schiffman - The Artist [IMDb / Trailer]
Jeffrey Waldron - The Dynamiter [IMDb]

BEST DOCUMENTARY
An African Election [IMDb]
Bill Cunningham New York [IMDb]
The Interrupters [IMDb]
The Redemption of General Butt Naked [IMDb]
We Were Here [IMDb]

BEST FOREIGN FILM
A Separation (Iran) [IMDb]
Melancholia (Denmark) [IMDb / Trailer]
Shame (UK) [IMDb / Trailer]
The Kid With a Bike (Belgium/France) [IMDb]
Tyrannosaur (UK) [IMDb / Trailer]

JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD
Best feature made for less than $500,000.
Bellflower [IMDb / Trailer]
Circumstance [IMDb / Trailer]
Hello Lonesome [IMDb]
Pariah [IMDb / Trailer]
The Dynamiter [IMDb]

Michael Hazanavicius' The Artist and Jeff Nichols' Take Shelter, both fantastic films and two of my favorites this year, lead with five nominations each. Films receiving four noms are Mike Mills' Beginners, Nicolas Winding Refn's Drive, Alexander Payne's The Descendants and Sean Durkin's Martha Marcy May Marlene. These are some fine selections all around, great to see even Demian Bichir of A Better Life and writer Will Reiser of 50/50 getting some love. Seeing any of the films nominated is a good recommendation.

For last year's list of nominees and winners, which mostly include Black Swan and Winter's Bone picking up a few, click right here. A very big indie congratulations to all of this year's excellent nominees! Winners will be announced at the ceremony on Saturday, February 25th, 2012 held on the beach out in Santa Monica.

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