Independent Spirit Award Nominations Announced!

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The nominations have been announced for the 28th Independent Spirit Awards! The announcement marks the second major piece of news out of this year's Awards Season, following the People's Choice Awards nominations earlier this month.

The Independent Spirit Awards are dedicated to independent filmmaking, so unlike the People's Choice Awards, you won't be seeing much Avengers or Hunger Games here. Scroll down to check out the full list of nominees, and stay tuned for the winners, which will be announced on February 23, 2013.

Bruce Willis and Edward Norton in Moonrise Kingdom

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

Best Screenplay
Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola – Moonrise Kingdom
Zoe Kazan – Ruby Sparks
Martin McDonagh – Seven 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 for films made under $500,000
Breakfast with Curtis
Middle of Nowhere
Mosquita y Mari
Starlet
The Color Wheel

Best Female Lead
Linda Cardellini – Return
Emayatzy Carinealdi – Middle of Nowhere
Jennifer LawrenceSilver 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

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
Mariana Abramovic: The Artist Is Present
The Central Park Five
The Invisible War
The Waiting Room

Best International Film
Amour – France
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia – Turkey
Rust and Bone – France/Belgium
Sister – Switzerland
War Witch – Democratic Republic of Congo

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