Critically acclaimed director Julia Loktev tackled challenging subjects with uncompromising artistic choices with her first two feature films, the suspenseful "Day Night Day Night" (2006) and "The Lon...
Each year, the night before the Academy Awards, the world of independent cinema gathers in New York City to honor the best of the best from outside the studio system. Ranging from no-budget, down and dirty indies to Sundance breakouts to talent-filled productions that wooed the studios enough to find major distribution, the Independent Spirit Awards bestow their honors to an entirely separate list of nominees.
Saturday night, show host Andy Samberg and a slew of famous faces handed out the awards. Here's a full rundown of the nominees and winners (marked in bold as they're announced!):
Best FeatureBeasts of the Southern WildBernieKeep the Lights OnMoonrise KingdomSilver Linings Playbook
Best DirectorBenh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern WildIra Sachs, Keep the Lights OnJulia Loktev, The Loneliest PlanetWes Anderson, Moonrise KingdomDavid O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook
Best ActorJack Black, BernieBradley Cooper, Silver Linings PlaybookJohn Hawkes, The SessionsThure Lindhardt, Keep the Lights OnMatthew McConaughey, Killer JoeWendell Pierce, Four
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Best ActressLinda Cardellini, ReturnEmayatzy Corinealdi, Middle of NowhereJennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings PlaybookQuvenzhané Wallis, Beasts of the Southern WildMary Elizabeth Winstead, Smashed
Best Supporting ActorMatthew McConaughey, Magic MikeDavid Oyelowo, Middle of NowhereMichael Peña, End of Watch Sam Rockwell, Seven PsychopathsBruce Willis, Moonrise Kingdom
Best Supporting ActressRosemarie DeWitt, Your Sister's SisterAnn Dowd, ComplianceHelen Hunt, The SessionsBrit Marling, Sound of My VoiceLorraine Toussaint, Middle of Nowhere
Best ScreenplayIra Sachs, Keep the Lights OnWes Anderson and Roman Coppola, Moonrise KingdomZoe Kazan, Ruby SparksMartin McDonagh, Seven PsychopathsDavid O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook
Best First FeatureFill the VoidGimme the LootThe Perks of Being a WallflowerSafety Not GuaranteedSound of My Voice
Best First ScreenplayRashida Jones and Will McCormack, Celeste and Jesse ForeverRama Burshtein, Fill the VoidJonathan Lisecki, GaybyChristopher Ford, Robot and FrankDerek Connolly, Safety Not Guaranteed
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Best Foreign FilmAmourOnce Upon a Time in AnatoliaRust and BoneSisterWar Witch
Best CinematographyBen Richardson, Beasts of the Southern WildRoman Vasyanov, End of WatchLol Crawley, HereRobert Yeoman, Moonrise KingdomYoni Brook, Valley of Saints
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It's award season time, and it isn't an awards season without those little indies that could getting in on the action. Today marked the announcement of the 2013 Independent Spirit Award nominees, and many of the buzzy films from the past year made it into the race.
Topping off the nominations with five apiece are Silver Linings Playbook and Moonrise Kingdom, both of whom garnered nods for Best Feature, Best Director, Best Screenplay, among others for the actors. One actor making multiple cut-ins is Matthew McConaughey, whose work in Magic Mike and Killer Joe nabbed him nominations for Best Supporting Male and Best Male Lead, respectively.
It's not all smooth-sailing, though: the announcement of Silver Linings Playbook in the pool caused a bit of controversy, as the film's budget was reportedly over the $20 million cut-off point set by the governing body of the awards, but it seems as though the Weinsteins handled that little issue to keep it as a contender. This year's Spirit Awards are scheduled to air at 10PM on Saturday, February 23, 2013 on IFC—only one day before the Academy Awards. The full list of nominees is below.
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Keep the Lights On
Silver Linings Playbook
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 FIRST FEATURE
Fill the Void
Gimme the Loot
Safety Not Guaranteed
Sound of My Voice
Perks of Being a Wallflower
JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD
Breakfast With Curtis (Laura Colella)
Middle of Nowhere (Ava DuVernay)
Mosquita y Mari (Aurora Guerrero)
Starlet (Sean Baker)
The Color Wheel (Alex Ross Perry)
Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola (Moonrise Kingdom)
Zoe Kazan (Ruby Sparks)
Martin McDonagh (Seven Psychopaths)
David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook)
Ira Sachs & Mauricio Zacharias (Keep the Lights On)
BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY
Rama Burshtein (Fill the Void)
Derek Connolly (Saftey Not Guaranteed)
Nicholas Jarecki (Arbitrage)
Rashida Jones & Will McCormack (Celeste and Jesse Forever)
Jonathan Lisecki (Gayby)
BEST FEMALE LEAD
Linda Cardellini (Return)
Emayatzy Corinealdi (Middle of Nowhere)
Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook)
Quvenzhane 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 Pena (End of Watch)
Sam Rockwell (Seven Psychopaths)
Bruce Willis (Moonrise Kingdom)
Beasts of the Southern Wild
End of Watch
Valley of Saints
The Central Park Five
How to Survive a Plague
The Invisible War
Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present
The Waiting Room
BEST FOREIGN FILM
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
Rust and Bone
ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD
PIAGET PRODUCERS AWARD
Alicia Van Couvering (Nobody Walks)
Mynette Louie (Stones in the Sun)
Derrick Tseng (Prince Avalanche)
SOMEONE TO WATCH AWARD
David Fenster (Pincus)
Adam Leon (Gimme the Loot)
Rebecca Thomas (Electrick Children)
TRUER THAN FICTION AWARD
Leviathan (Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Verena Paravel)
Only the Young (Jasonyyee Tippet and Elizabeth Mimms)
The Waiting Room (Peter Nicks)
What do you think of the nominees? Surprised by any? Disappointed by this missing? Let us know in the comments!
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Both films will compete with Beasts of the Southern Wild, Bernie and Keep the Lights On for Best Feature, while filmmakers David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook) and Wes Anderson (Moonrise Kingdom) have each earned nods for Best Director, alongside Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild), Ira Sachs (Keep the Lights On) and Julia Loktev (The Loneliest Planet).
The two movies will also battle for the Best Screenplay honour - Anderson and Roman Coppola will face off with Russell, Sachs, Zoe Kazan for Ruby Sparks, and Martin McDonagh for Seven Psychopaths.
Silver Linings Playbook has also landed acting accolades for its lead stars Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. Also nominated in the Best Male Lead category is Jack Black (Bernie), Matthew McConaughey (Killer Joe), Thure Lindhardt (Keep the Lights On) and John Hawkes (The Sessions), while Lawrence is joined in the female equivalent by Linda Cardellini (Return), Emayatzy Corinealdi (Middle of Nowhere), Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Smashed) and Quvenzhane Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild).
In addition, Helen Hunt (The Sessions), Brit Marling (Sound of My Voice), Sam Rockwell (Seven Psychopaths) and Bruce Willis (Moonrise Kingdom) have all scored nods in the Best Supporting categories.
Meanwhile, filmmaker Sean Baker's Stella will receive the annual Robert Altman Award, which recognises the director, casting director and ensemble cast.
Keep the Lights On, Beasts of the Southern Wild and Middle of Nowhere each received a total of four nominations when the shortlist was announced on Tuesday (27Nov12).
To be eligible for an Independent Spirit nod, all films must have been made for less than $20 million (£12.5 million). Movies must have either screened at a major film festival including Sundance, Toronto or the Los Angeles Film Festival or run for at least a week at a commercial theatre.
The winners will be unveiled at a ceremony in California on 23 February (13) - on the eve of the 2013 Academy Awards.
TIFF sure-as-shootin' hit us with an impressive kingdom of cinematic wildfire. The behemoth gallery of the festival's array of films left us starving for more of these big screen's golden parcels.
But TIFF can't have all the fun. The 2011 New York Film Festival, which goes down at the end of September, has offered up its own hefty heap of contenders for Oscar bait. Just gloss over the films and directors below, and you'll agree that NYFF's resume glows with Oscar-worthiness.
Carnage—Director: Roman Polanski (France/Germany/Poland)
The Descendants—Director: Alexander Payne (USA)
My Week with Marilyn—Director: Simon Curtis (UK)
A Dangerous Method
—Director: David Cronenberg (UK/Canada/Germany)
The Skin I Live In—Director: Pedro Almodóvar (Spain)
4:44: Last Day On Earth—Director: Abel Ferrara (USA)
The Artist—Director: Michel Hazanavicius (France)
—Director: Alice Rohrwacher (Italy/Switzerland/France)
Footnote—Director: Joseph Cedar (Israel)
George Harrison: Living In The Material World—Director: Martin Scorsese (USA)
Goodbye First Love—Director: Mia Hansen-Løve (France/Germany)
Le Havre—Director: Aki Kaurismäki (Finland/France/Germany)
The Loneliest Planet—Director: Julia Loktev (USA/Germany)
The Kid With A Bike—Director: Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne (Belgium/France)
Martha Marcy May Marlene—Director: Sean Durkin (USA)
Melancholia—Director: Lars von Trier (Denmark/Sweden/France/Germany/Italy)
Miss Bala—Director: Gerardo Naranjo (Mexico)
Once Upon A Time In Anatolia—Director: Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Turkey)
Pina—Director: Wim Wenders (Germany/France/UK)
Play—Director: Ruben Östlund (Sweden/France/Denmark)
Policeman—Director: Nadav Lapid (Israel/France)
A Separation—Director: Asghar Farhadi (Iran)
Shame—Director: Steve McQueen (UK)
Sleeping Sickness—Director: Ulrich Köhler (Germany/France/Netherlands)
The Student—Director: Santiago Mitre (Argentina)
This Is Not A Film—Director: Jafar Panahi and Mojtaba Mirtahmasb (Iran)
The Turin Horse—Director: Béla Tarr and Agnes Hranitzky (Hungary/France/Germany/Switzerland/USA)
Family moved from Russia to Colorado, U.S. when she was nine
Directorial debut, the documentary "Moment of Impact"
Wrote and directed thriller "The Loneliest Planet," starring Gael García Bernal
Worked as field producer on HBO's "Taxicab Confessions"
Wrote, directed, and produced crime drama "Day Night Day Night"
Critically acclaimed director Julia Loktev tackled challenging subjects with uncompromising artistic choices with her first two feature films, the suspenseful "Day Night Day Night" (2006) and "The Loneliest Planet" (2011), which cemented her status as one of independent cinema's rising talents. Born Dec. 12, 1969 in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg), Russia, Loktev moved with her family to Colorado when she was nine years old. She later attended McGill University in Montreal, Canada, where she began experimenting with audio art works as a DJ at the school's radio station. These projects led to working with film and video, as well as earning a master's degree from New York University's graduate film program. In 1998, she released "Moment of Impact," a documentary about the automobile accident that left her father with a severe brain injury. Loktev then worked on a series of multiple-screen video instillations, including the challenging "Rough House," about a physically abusive relationship between a man and woman. Her video instillations were shown at a number of prominent museums and galleries around the world, including the Tate Modern in London, the Brooklyn Museum in New York and Japan's Mito Art Tower.
In 2006, Loktev produced her first dramatic feature, the harrowing "Day Night Day Night." An unsettling minimalist look at the final 48 hours in the life of a suicide bomber with plans to set off an explosive in Times Square, the film eschewed pat answers for the woman's motives, providing no religious or political background or even a name or ethnicity for the central character, which polarized critics and viewers who wanted a more traditional narrative for the story. "Day Night Day Night" went on to win the Youth Prize from the Directors Fortnight at Cannes in 2006, as well as the Someone to Watch Award from the Independent Spirit Awards. Her second film, "The Loneliest Planet" (2011), starred Gael Garcia Bernal and Hani Furstenberg as a couple traveling through the Eastern European country of Georgia whose relationship was put to the test by a sudden act of aggression. The feature captured the Grand Jury Prize at the 2011 AFI Fest in Los Angeles before netting her an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Director.