’12 Years a Slave,’ ‘Nebraska’ Lead 2014 Independent Spirit Award Nominations

2014 Independent Spirit Award Nominations

The mission statement on the Independent Spirit Awards website says the organization exists to “celebrate artist-driven filmmaking and recognize the finest achievements of today’s independent filmmakers.” The term “independent filmmaker” brings to mind new directors and small features that were made outside of studio influence. However, the Independent Spirit Awards have evolved into little more than a preview of every other awards ceremony that will follow. Instead of recognizing exciting new talent, they tend to nominate films that were produced by established Hollywood talent and independent off-shoots of major Hollywood studios.

Let this be the end of my rant for now and let’s see what the Spirit Awards nominated in 2013, shall we?

Unsurprisingly Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave leads the pack with 7 total nominations followed by films like Nebraska and All is Lost that managed to land in both the Best Picture and Best Director categories. Nebraska certainly solidifies itself as a strong contender in other upcoming awards ceremonies and might be a solid choice for a Best Picture Oscar nomination with its continually mounting buzz.

Below is the complete list of 2014 Independent Spirit Award nominations. Take a look and share your thoughts in the comments!

2014 Independent Spirit
Award Nominations

2014 Independent Spirit Award NominationsBest Feature

12 Years a Slave
All Is Lost
Frances Ha
Inside Llewyn Davis
Nebraska

Best Director

Shane Carruth, Upstream Color
J.C. Chandor, All Is Lost
Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave
Jeff Nichols, Mud
Alexander Payne, Nebraska

Best Screenplay

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

Best First Feature

Blue Caprice
Concussion
Fruitvale Station
Una Noche
Wadjda

Best First Screenplay

Lake Bell, In A World…
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Don Jon
Bob Nelson, Nebraska
Jill Soloway, Afternoon Delight
Michael Starrbury, The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete

John Cassavetes Award

Computer Chess
Crystal Fairy
Museum Hours
Pit Stop
This is Martin Bonner

Best Female Lead

Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
Julie Delpy, Before Midnight
Gaby Hoffmann, Crystal Fairy
Brie Larson, Short Term 12
Shailene Woodley, The Spectacular Now

Best Male Lead

Bruce Dern, Nebraska
Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave
Oscar Isaac, Inside Llewyn Davis
Michael B. Jordan, Fruitvale Station
Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club
Robert Redford, All Is Lost

Best Supporting Female

Melonie Diaz, Fruitvale Station
Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine
Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave
Yolonda Ross, Go For Sisters
June Squibb, Nebraska

Best Supporting Male

Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave
Will Forte, Nebraska
James Gandolfini, Enough Said
Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
Keith Stanfield, Short Term 12

Best Cinematography

Sean Bobbitt, 12 Years a Slave
Benoit Debie, Spring Breakers
Bruno Delbonnel, Inside Llewyn Davis
Frank G. DeMarco, All Is Lost
Matthias Grunsky, Computer Chess

Best Editing

Shane Carruth & David Lowery, Upstream Color
Jem Cohen & Marc Vives, Museum Hours
Jennifer Lame, Frances Ha
Cindy Lee, Una Noche
Nat Sanders, Short Term 12

Best Documentary

20 Feet From Stardom
After Tiller
Gideon’s Army
The Act of Killing
The Square

Best International Film

A Touch of Sin (China)
Blue is the Warmest Color (France)
Gloria (Chile)
The Great Beauty (Italy)
The Hunt (Denmark)

Stay tuned for more awards coverage throughout the year at Film Misery!

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  • Upstream Color, Frances Ha, Mud, This is Martin Bonner, Blue Caprice at least made it so thats good! Good picks for International Feature. I am happy.

    • Duncan Houst

      But no Greta Gerwig. Nothing will ever atone.

      • Right! Weird how the movie got nominated without getting writing/acting nods… 2 of the best things about it.

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