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The 2011 Independent Spirit Award Nominations and Kevin Smith's Unwarranted Hissy Fit

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | November 30, 2011 | Comments ()


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The Independent Spirit Award Nominations were announced yesterday, which are the awards handed out for best indie feature, a bit of a misnomer these days when most of the indie flicks are distributed by the indie arms of big studios. Still, the "spirit" of independent film still lives on, and the nominations include many of the year's best films. In fact, I take very little issue with the nominations: I'd have like to have seen Martha Marcy May Marlene in the best feature category (although, it was recognized plenty elsewhere) and Win Win, I thought, deserved more recognition. But it was a stacked year, and not every great movie or great performance is going to get a nomination, and that includes strong -- but not blisteringly amazing -- performances from John Goodman, Michael Parks and Melissa Leo in Red State, performances I personally liked but it would not have occurred to me to nominate, not among powerhouse performances from Ryan Gosling in Drive, Michael Shannon Take Shelter, and Elizabeth Olsen and John Hawkes in Martha Marcy.

Kevin Smith, however, was not so understanding about the snubs, writing on Twitter: ""How the fuck did the @SpiritAwards NOT nominate Michael Parks? Nor John Goodman? Nor Melissa Leo? Fuck your idiotic organization."

That's a little harsh.

Here are the nominations.

FEATURE
50/50
Beginners
Drive
Take Shelter
The Artist
The Descendants

MALE LEAD
Demián Bichir, A Better Life
Jean Dujardin, The Artist
Ryan Gosling, Drive
Woody Harrelson, Rampart
Michael Shannon, Take Shelter

FEMALE LEAD
Lauren Ambrose, Think of Me
Rachael Harris, Natural Selection
Adepero Oduye, Pariah
Elizabeth Olsen, Martha Marcy May Marlene
Michelle Williams, My Week with Marilyn

SUPPORTING MALE
Albert Brooks, Drive
John Hawkes, Martha Marcy May Marlene
Christopher Plummer, Beginners
John C. Reilly, Cedar Rapids
Corey Stoll, Midnight in Paris

SUPPORTING FEMALE
Jessica Chastain, Take Shelter
Anjelica Huston, 50/50
Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs
Harmony Santana, Gun Hill Road
Shailene Woodley, The Descendants

DIRECTOR
Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Mike Mills, Beginners
Jeff Nichols, Take Shelter
Alexander Payne, The Descendants
Nicolas Winding Refn, Drive

SCREENPLAY
Joseph Cedar, Footnote
Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Tom McCarthy, Win Win
Mike Mills, Beginners
Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash, The Descendants

FIRST FEATURE
Another Earth
In the Family
Margin Call
Martha Marcy May Marlene
Natural Selection

FIRST SCREENPLAY
Mike Cahill, Brit Marling, Another Earth
J.C. Chandor, Margin Call
Patrick deWitt, Terri
Phil Johnston, Cedar Rapids
Will Reiser, 50/50

JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD
Given to the best feature made for under $500,000.
Bellflower
Circumstance
Hello Lonesome
Pariah
The Dynamiter

(Via Moviefone)



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