The Steve McQueen-directed drama is up for best feature, best
director, best actor (Chiwetel Ejiofer), best supporting actress (Lupita
Nyong'o), best supporting actor (Michael Fassbender), best
screenplay (John Ridley) and best cinematography (Sean Bobbitt).
With six nominations, Alexander Payne's black-and-white comedy
"Nebraska" is also in the running for best feature, best director,
best actor for Bruce Dern, best supporting actress for June Squibb,
best supporting actor for Will Forte and best first screenplay for
Other best-picture contenders include J.C. Chandor's near-wordless
shipwreck drama "All is Lost," Noah Baumbach's New York tale
"Frances Ha" and the Coen brothers' folk music story "Inside Llewyn
"All is Lost" also earned a best director slot for Chandor. Also up
for best director are Jeff Nichols for the coming-of-age drama "Mud"
and Shane Carruth for the sci-fi "Upstream Color."
Along with Ejiofor and Dern, the best male lead category includes
Oscar Isaac for "Inside Llewyn Davis," Matthew McConaughey for
"Dallas Buyers Club," Robert Redford for "All is Lost" and Michael
B. Jordan for "Fruitvale Station."
Julie Delpy received two nominations, for best female lead and best
screenplay for "Before Midnight," the third installment in the
romantic drama series that kicked off with "Before Sunrise" in 1995.
Delpy shares the best screenplay nomination with Ethan Hawke and
Richard Linklater, who co-wrote the script.
Among other best actress nominees are Cate Blanchett for "Blue
Jasmine," Gaby Hoffmann for "Crystal Fairy," Brie Larson for "Short
Term 12" and Shailene Woodley for "The Spectacular Now."
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Accompanying Delpy in the best screenplay category is Woody Allen
for "Blue Jasmine," Nicole Holofcener for "Enough Said" and Scott
Neustadter and Michael H. Weber for "The Spectacular Now."
For his performance in the romantic comedy "Enough
Said," James Gandolfini earned a posthumous nomination for best
Though the Spirit Awards were begun to honor
lower-budget films outside of Hollywood's mainstream, there is often
overlap, and particularly so this year. Many of the 2013 Spirit
nominees are expected to be strong Oscar contenders. Higher-budget
studio releases like "Gravity" and "Captain Phillips" don't compete
in the Spirit Awards, which are limited to films with a budget less
than $20 million.
Last year, David O. Russell's "Silver Lining Playbook" swept the
Spirit Awards, winning best feature, best director, best screenplay
and best actress for Jennifer Lawrence.
Presented by the cinema group Film Independent, the Spirit Awards
will be handed out the day before the Oscars at an afternoon
ceremony along the beach in Santa Monica, Calif., on Mar. 1. The
Spirit Awards will air that night on IFC.
Nominees were chosen by panels of film professionals. Members of
Film Independent, including filmmakers and movie fans, are eligible
to vote on the winners.
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