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2014 Indie Spirit Winners - '12 Years a Slave' with 5 + McConaughey

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March 1, 2014

12 Years a Slave - Indie Spirit Awards

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, this year, they might not receive at the Oscars. The 2014 winners were announced Saturday before the Oscars, via EW.com, at a ceremony in rainy Santa Monica. The big winner this year was Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave, which swept the ceremony and took home a total of five wins from Best Feature to Best Director to Best Cinematography. These all always my favorite awards because they always get them right, including even Blue is the Warmest Color for Best International and Jared Leto for Supporting. Read on for the full list of Indie Spirit winners.

You'll notice an [IMDb] link next to each film. This is so you can discover great new films, because there is guaranteed to be at least one film you've never heard of in here. Read on for a complete list of nominees and winners from the 29th Independent Spirit Awards. Winners from each category are designated in BOLD.

BEST FEATURE
12 Years a Slave [IMDb]
All is Lost [IMDb]
Frances Ha [IMDb]
Inside Llewyn Davis [IMDb]
Nebraska [IMDb]

Winners: 12 Years a Slave Takes Best Feature

BEST FIRST FEATURE
Blue Caprice [IMDb]
Concussion [IMDb]
Fruitvale Station [IMDb]
Una Noche [IMDb]
Wadjda [IMDb]

BEST DIRECTOR
Shane Caruth - Upstream Color [IMDb]
J.C. Chandor - All is Lost [IMDb]
Steve McQueen - 12 Years a Slave [IMDb]
Jeff Nichols - Mud [IMDb]
Alexander Payne - Nebraska [IMDb]

BEST MALE LEAD
Bruce Dern - Nebraska [IMDb]
Chiwetel Ejiofor - 12 Years a Slave [IMDb]
Oscar Isaac - Inside Llewyn Davis [IMDb]
Michael B. Jordan - Fruitvale Station [IMDb]
Matthew McConaughey - Dallas Buyers Club [IMDb]
Robert Redford - All is Lost [IMDb]

BEST FEMALE LEAD
Cate Blanchett - Blue Jasmine [IMDb]
Julie Delpy - Before Midnight [IMDb]
Gaby Hoffman - Crystal Fairy [IMDb]
Brie Larson - Short Term 12 [IMDb]
Shailene Woodley - The Spectacular Now [IMDb]

BEST SUPPORTING MALE
Michael Fassbender - 12 Years a Slave [IMDb]
Will Forte - Nebraska [IMDb]
James Gandolfini - Enough Said [IMDb]
Jared Leto - Dallas Buyers Club [IMDb]
Keith Stanfield - Short Term 12 [IMDb]

Ethan Coen (L) & Best Supporting Winner Jared Leto (R)

BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE
Melonie Diaz - Fruitvale Station [IMDb]
Sally Hawkins - Blue Jasmine [IMDb]
Lupita Nyong'o - 12 Years a Slave [IMDb]
Yolanda Ross - Go for Sisters [IMDb]
June Squibb Nebraska [IMDb]

BEST SCREENPLAY
Woody Allen - Blue Jasmine [IMDb]
Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke, Richard Linklater - Before Midnight [IMDb]
Nicole Holofcener - Enough Said [IMDb]
Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber - The Spectacular Now [IMDb]
John Ridley - 12 Years a Slave [IMDb]

BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY
Lake Bell - In a World... [IMDb]
Joseph Gordon-Levitt - Don Jon [IMDb]
Bob Nelson - Nebraska [IMDb]
Jill Soloway - Afternoon Delight [IMDb]
Michael Starburry - The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete [IMDb]

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Sean Bobbitt - 12 Years a Slave [IMDb]
Benoit Debie - Spring Breakers [IMDb]
Bruno Delbonnel - Inside Llewyn Davis [IMDb]
Frank G. Demarco - All is Lost [IMDb]
Matthias Grunsky - Computer Chess [IMDb]

Winner: Sean Bobbitt for Best Cinematography

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

BEST DOCUMENTARY
The Act of Killing [IMDb]
After Tiller [IMDb]
Gideon's Army [IMDb]
The Square [IMDb]
20 Feet from Stardom [IMDb]

BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM
A Touch of Sin [IMDb]
Blue is the Warmest Color [IMDb]
Gloria [IMDb]
The Great Beauty [IMDb]
The Hunt [IMDb]

JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD
Best feature made for less than $500,000.
Computer Chess [IMDb]
Crystal Fairy [IMDb]
Museum Hours [IMDb]
Pit Stop [IMDb]
This is Martin Bonner [IMDb]

ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD
For ensemble cast.
Mud - Jeff Nichols [IMDb]

SOMEONE TO WATCH AWARD
Newlyweeds - Shaka King [IMDb]

For last year's list of nominees and winners, which was mostly dominated by David O. Russell's film Silver Linings Playbook taking home four wins, click here. Russell's American Hustle wasn't nominated at all this year, likely not considered an indie. I am very, very happy to see Destin Cretton's Short Term 12 win something, Best Editing (we'll take it!), though it was also nominated in two other main acting categories. It's also great to see Blue is the Warmest Color winning something, since it hasn't earned much else. Lastly, while it seems to be Matthew McConaughey's year for Best Actor, I still think this is where Chiwetel Ejiofor should've won that award. But what can you do, 12 Years took home five wins anyway. Big night for them.

For more: SpiritAwards.com. A big indie congratulations to all of 2014's winners & nominees!

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  • DAVIDPD
    McConaughey is killing this awards season. He deserves everything.
  • IamSlave
    I badly want Leo to take home the Oscar, because he should've gotten it a while ago but I wouldn't be mad at all if McConaughey won. What a year this guy has had. Great films, great tv show. Just a great actor.
  • Chris Groves
    As long as McConaughey or Leo win Best Actor, I'll be happy. I'm kind of pulling for Leo...but it seems McConaughey is the favorite. I'm okay with that, as every award that McConaughey takes home will simply bolster his credibility/star power as the leading man in 'Interstellar'.
  • Quynh Truong
    McConaughey gave so much for this role and gave an excellent performance. Leo was excellent but not enough to bring home the oscar.
  • Guy who comments on things
    I was rooting for DiCaprio until I watched Dallas Buyers Club last night...

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