By Ray Pride Pride@moviecitynews.com

THE 28th ANNUAL FILM INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARD NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
LOS ANGELES (November 27, 2012) – Film Independent, the nonprofit arts organization that produces the Film Independent Spirit Awards, the Los Angeles Film Festival and the Film Independent at LACMA Film Series, announced nominations for the 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards this morning. Film Independent co-presidents Sean Mc Manus and Josh Welsh presided over the press conference held at the W Hollywood, with actors Anna Kendrick, Zoe Saldana, and Common presenting the nominations.  Nominees for Best Feature include Beasts of the Southern Wild, Bernie, Keep the Lights On, Moonrise Kingdom, and Silver Linings Playbook.

Starlet was selected to receive the annual Robert Altman Award, which is bestowed upon one film’s director, casting director and ensemble cast.

“The nominations this year represent an astonishingly strong group of artists both in front of and behind the camera,” said Film Independent Co-president Josh Welsh. “At Film Independent, we nurture artist-driven filmmaking all year long and I can’t imagine a more fitting or worthy group of films to celebrate here today.”

Winners will be announced at the Spirit Awards on Saturday, February 23, 2013.  The awards ceremony will be held as a daytime luncheon in a tent on the beach in Santa Monica, and the premiere broadcast will air later that evening at 10:00 pm ET/PT on IFC.  Winners of the Spirit Awards Filmmaker Grants will be highlighted during the awards ceremony and announced at the Film Independent Spirit Awards Nominee Brunch on Saturday, January 12, 2013 at BOA Steakhouse in West Hollywood.

The Spirit Awards Nominating Committees selected nominees from 299 submissions this year and applied the following guidelines in determining the nominations: uniqueness of vision, original and provocative subject matter, economy of means (with particular attention paid to total production cost & individual compensation), and percentage of financing from independent sources. The Spirit Awards Nominating Committee is comprised of writers, directors, producers, cinematographers, actors, critics, casting directors, festival programmers, and other working film professionals.

As the first event to exclusively honor independent film, the Film Independent Spirit Awards has made a name for itself as the premier awards show for the independent film community. Artists who have received industry recognition first at the Spirit Awards include Joel & Ethan Coen, Spike Lee, Oliver Stone, Ashley Judd, Robert Rodriguez, David O. Russell, Edward Burns, Aaron Eckhart, Neil LaBute, Darren Aronofsky, Spike Jonze, Charlie Kaufman, Hilary Swank, Marc Forster, Todd Field, Christopher Nolan, Zach Braff, Amy Adams, Lena Dunham and many more.

The Spirit Awards is also the primary fundraiser for Film Independent’s year-round programs.  To inquire about tables at the Spirit Awards please contact 310.432.1253.

The Film Independent Spirit Awards are sponsored by Premier Sponsors Piaget and Jameson® Irish Whiskey and Lincoln and Principal Sponsor Stella Artois. WireImage is the Official Photographer and PR Newswire is the Official Breaking News Service of Film Independent.

For more information on submission guidelines, voting, media and publicist credentials, and the history of the Spirit Awards, please visit SpiritAwards.com.

ABOUT THE FILM INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARDS

Now in its 28th year, the Film Independent Spirit Awards is an annual celebration honoring artist-driven films made with an economy of means by filmmakers who embody independence and originality. The Spirit Awards recognizes the achievements of American independent filmmakers and promotes the finest independent films of the year to a wider audience.

Awards are given in the following categories: Best Feature, Best First Feature, Best First Screenplay, Best Director, Best Screenplay, John Cassavetes Award (given to the best feature made for a budget under $500,000), Best Male Lead, Best Female Lead, Best Supporting Male, Best Supporting Female, Best Cinematography, Best International Film, Best Documentary, and the Robert Altman Award.  The Filmmaker Grants include the Piaget Producers Award, Someone to Watch Award, Stella Artois Truer Than Fiction Award and Jameson FIND Your Audience Award.

ABOUT FILM INDEPENDENT

Film Independent is a non-profit arts organization that champions independent film and supports a community of artists who embody diversity, innovation, and uniqueness of vision. Film Independent helps filmmakers make their movies, builds an audience for their projects, and works to diversify the film industry. Film Independent’s Board of Directors, filmmakers, staff, and constituents, is comprised of an inclusive community of individuals across ability, age, ethnicity, gender, race, and sexual orientation. Anyone passionate about film can become a member, whether you are a filmmaker, industry professional, or a film lover.

Film Independent produces the Spirit Awards, the annual celebration honoring artist-driven films and recognizing the finest achievements of American independent filmmakers.  Film Independent also produces the Los Angeles Film Festival, showcasing the best of American and international cinema and the Film Independent at LACMA Film Series, a year-round, weekly program that offers unique cinematic experiences for the Los Angeles creative community and the general public.

With over 250 annual screenings and events, Film Independent provides access to a network of like-minded artists who are driving creativity in the film industry. Film Independent’s Artist Development program offers free Labs for selected writers, directors, producers and documentary filmmakers and presents year-round networking opportunities. Project:Involve is Film Independent’s signature program dedicated to fostering the careers of talented filmmakers from communities traditionally underrepresented in the film industry.

For more information or to become a member, visit FilmIndependent.org.

BEST FEATURE

Beasts of the Southern Wild

Bernie

Keep the Lights On

Moonrise Kingdom

Silver Linings Playbook

 

BEST DIRECTOR

Wes Anderson, Moonrise Kingdom

Julia Loktev, The Loneliest Planet

David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook

Ira Sachs, Keep the Lights On

Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild

 

BEST SCREENPLAY

Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola, Moonrise Kingdom

Zoe Kazan, Ruby Sparks

Martin McDonagh, 7 Psychopaths

David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook

Ira Sachs, Keep the Lights On

 

BEST FIRST FEATURE

Fill the Void

Gimme the Loot

Safety Not Guaranteed

Sound of My Voice

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

 

BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY

Rama Burshtein, Fill the Void

Derek Connolly, Safety Not Guaranteed

Christopher Ford, Robot & Frank

Rashida Jones & Will McCormack, Celeste and Jesse Forever

Jonathan Lisecki, Gayby

 

JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD

Breakfast with Curtis, WRITER/DIRECTORPRODUCER: Laura Colella

Middle of Nowhere, WRITER/DIRECTOR/PRODUCER: Ava DuVernay, PRODUCERS: Howard Barish, Paul Garnes,

Mosquita y Mari, WRITER/DIRECTOR: Aurora Guerrero, PRODUCER: Chad Burris

Starlet, WRITER/DIRECTOR: Sean Baker, PRODUCERS: Blake Ashman-Kipervaser, Kevin Chinoy, Patrick Cunningham, Chris Maybach, Francesca Silvestri

The Color Wheel, WRITER/DIRECTOR/PRODUCER: Alex Ross Perry, WRITER: Carlen Altman

 

BEST FEMALE LEAD

Linda Cardellini, Return

Emayatzy Corinealdi, Middle of Nowhere

Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook

Quvenzhané Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild

Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Smashed

 

BEST MALE LEAD

Jack Black, Bernie

Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook

John Hawkes, The Sessions

Thure Lindhardt, Keep the Lights On

Matthew McConaughey, Killer Joe

Wendell Pierce, Four

 

BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE

Rosemarie DeWitt, Your Sister’s Sister

Ann Dowd, Compliance

Helen Hunt, The Sessions

Brit Marling, Sound of My Voice

Lorraine Toussaint, Middle of Nowhere

 

BEST SUPPORTING MALE

Matthew McConaughey, Magic Mike

David Oyelowo, Middle of Nowhere

Michael Péna, End of Watch

Sam Rockwell, Seven Psychopaths

Bruce Willis, Moonrise Kingdom

 

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Yoni Brook, Valley of Saints

Lol Crawley, Here

Ben Richardson, Beasts of the Southern Wild

Roman Vasyanov, End of Watch

Robert Yeoman, Moonrise Kingdom

 

BEST DOCUMENTARY

 

How to Survive a Plague

DIRECTOR: David France

PRODUCERS: David France, Howard Gertler

 

Marina Abramoviæ: The Artist is Present

DIRECTOR: Matthew Akers

PRODUCERS: Maro Chermayeff, Jeff Dupre
The Central Park Five

DIRECTORS/PRODUCERS: Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, David McMahon

 

The Invisible War

DIRECTOR: Kirby Dick

PRODUCERS: Tanner King Barklow, Amy Ziering

 

The Waiting Room

DIRECTOR/PRODUCER: Peter Nicks

PRODUCERS: Linda Davis, William B. Hirsch

 

BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM

Amour

Once Upon A Time in Anatolia

Rust And Bone

Sister

War Witch

 

16th ANNUAL PIAGET PRODUCERS AWARD
The 16th annual Piaget Producers Award honors emerging producers who, despite highly limited resources demonstrate the creativity, tenacity, and vision required to produce quality, independent films. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant funded by Piaget.

Nobody Walks PRODUCER: Alicia Van Couvering

Prince Avalanche, PRODUCER: Derrick Tseng

Stones in the Sun, PRODUCER: Mynette Louie

 

19th ANNUAL SOMEONE TO WATCH AWARD
The 19th annual Someone to Watch Award recognizes a talented filmmaker of singular vision who has not yet received appropriate recognition. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant.

Pincus, DIRECTOR: David Fenster

Gimme the Loot, DIRECTOR: Adam Leon

Electrick Children, DIRECTOR: Rebecca Thomas

 

STELLA ARTOIS TRUER THAN FICTION AWARD

The 18th annual Truer Than Fiction Award is presented to an emerging director of non-fiction features who has not yet received significant recognition. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant.

Leviathan

DIRECTOR: Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel

The Waiting Room, DIRECTOR: Peter Nicks

Only the Young, DIRECTOR: Jason Tippet & Elizabeth Mims

 

ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD
Given to one film’s director, casting director, and ts ensemble cast

Starlet, Director: Sean Baker

 

BY DISTRIBUTOR

Fox Searchlight

Beasts of the Southern Wild, Ruby Sparks, Sound of My Voice, The Sessions 9

Music Box Films

Keep the Lights On, Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present, Starlet 7

IFC Films

Gimme the Loot, How to Survive a Plague, The Central Park Five, The Loneliest Planet, Your Sister’s Sister 6

Focus Features

Moonrise Kingdom, Return 6

Sony Pictures Classics

Amour, Celeste and Jesse Forever, Fill the Void, Rust and Bone, Smashed 6

The Weinstein Company

Silver Linings Playbook 5

AFFRM (or Participant)

Middle of Nowhere 4

FilmDistrict

Safety Not Guaranteed 2

Millenium Entertainment

Bernie 2

International Film Circuit

The Waiting Room 2

Cinema Guild

Leviathan, Once Upon A Time in Anatolia 2

CBS Films

Seven Psychopaths 2

Magnolia Pictures

Compliance, Nobody Walks 2

Open Road Films

End of Watch 2

Summit Entertainment

The Perks of Being a Wallflower 1

Docurama Films/Cinedigm Entertainment

The Invisible War 1

Oscilloscope Laboratories

Only the Young 1

Artists Public Domain

The Color Wheel 1

No Distributor

Mosquita y Mari 1

Warner Brothers

Magic Mike 1

Samuel Goldwyn Films

Robot & Frank 1

LD Entertainment

Killer Joe 1

Adopt Films

Sister 1

The Film Collaborative

Gayby 1

Strand Releasing

Here 1

Phase 4 Films

Electrick Children 1

No Distributor

Valley of Saints 1

No Distributor

Stones in the Sun 1

No Distributor

Prince Avalanche 1

No Distributor

Pincus 1

No Distributor

Four 1

No Distributor

Breakfast with Curtis 1

 

BY NOMINATIONS
Silver Linings Playbook 5

Moonrise Kingdom 5

Keep the Lights On 4

Beasts of the Southern Wild 4

Middle of Nowhere 4

Starlet 2

Bernie 2

Safety Not Guaranteed 2

Sound of My Voice 2

Gimme the Loot 2

The Waiting Room 2

Fill the Void 2

End of Watch 2

Seven Psychopaths 2

The Perks of Being a Wallflower 1

Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present 1

The Central Park Five 1

The Invisible War 1

Celeste and Jesse Forever 1

How to Survive a Plague 1

Leviathan 1

Mosquita y Mari 1

Only the Young 1

The Color Wheel 1

The Sessions 1

Amour 1

Robot & Frank 1

Breakfast with Curtis 1

Four 1

Gayby 1

Here 1

Compliance 1

Killer Joe 1

Magic Mike 1

Nobody Walks 1

Once Upon A Time in Anatolia 1

Pincus 1

Prince Avalanche 1

Return 1

Ruby Sparks 1

Rust and Bone 1

Sister 1

Smashed 1

Stones in the Sun 1

The Loneliest Planet 1

Electrick Children 1

Valley of Saints 1

War Witch 1

Your Sister’s Sister 1

 

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