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'The Artist' and 'Take Shelter' Lead Spirit Award Nominations

the artist independent spirit awardsSilent film “The Artist” and the apocalyptic tale “Take Shelter” led the Independent Spirit Award nominations on Tuesday. Both films took nods for best feature, director and acting. Close behind with four nominations each are Beginners, The Descendants, Drive, and Martha Marcy May Marlene.

The Spirit Awards are among the industry’s top honors for art house films.  Combine it with New York’s Gotham Awards as well as critics’ accolades and you get a good eye on the year’s best low-budget films. Often those movies also compete for Oscars, the world’s top cinema honors given in February by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Here are the  Spirit Award nominees:

Best Feature
The Artist
The Descendants
Take Shelter

Best 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Best First Feature
Another Earth
In the Family
Margin Call
Martha Marcy May Marlene
Natural Selection

John Cassavetes Award (for features under $500,000)
The Dynamiter
Hello Lonesome

Best Documentary
An African Election
Bill Cunningham New York
The Interrupters
The Redemption of General Butt Naked
We Were Here

Best Cinematography
The Artist
The Dynamiter
Midnight in Paris
The Off Hours

Best International Film
The Kid With A Bike
A Separation

Robert Altman Award (for ensemble cast): Margin Call

Piaget Producers Award
Chad Burris, Mosquita y Mari
Sophia Lin, Take Shelter
Josh Mond, Martha Marcy May Marlene

‘The Artist’ and ‘Take Shelter’ Lead Spirit Award Nominations

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