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Indie hits Winter’s Bone and The Kids Are All Right dominated the Film Independent Spirit Award nominees this morning, as Winter’s Bone earned a phenomenal seven nominations and Kids scored five. Both films were named in the Best Feature category, which also includes 127 Hours, Black Swan, and Greenberg. The upcoming drama Rabbit Hole also did very well, earning four nods, including acting citations for Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart.

Particularly because these nominees were chosen by a small group of industry professionals, there were a few surprising omissions. Though Kids stars Annette Bening and Mark Ruffalo received nods, their castmate Julianne Moore did not. Likewise, Get Low scored two nominations (Best First Feature and Best Supporting Male for Bill Murray), but leading man Robert Duvall was overlooked. It also would have been nice to see Halle Berry in there for Frankie & Alice. And of course I’m steamed over the exclusion of Blue Valentine from the Best Actor (Ryan Gosling) and Best Feature races. Here are the nominees:

Best Feature

127 Hours

Black Swan


The Kids Are All Right

Winter’s Bone

Best Director

Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan

Danny Boyle, 127 Hours

Lisa Cholodenko, The Kids Are All Right

Debra Granik, Winter’s Bone

John Cameron Mitchell, Rabbit Hole

Best Male Lead

Ronald Bronstein, Daddy Longlegs

Aaron Eckhart, Rabbit Hole

James Franco, 127 Hours

John C. Reilly, Cyrus

Ben Stiller, Greenberg

Best Female Lead

Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right

Greta Gerwig, Greenberg

Nicole Kidman, Rabbit Hole

Jennifer Lawrence, Winter’s Bone

Natalie Portman, Black Swan

Michelle Williams, Blue Valentine

Best Supporting Male

John Hawkes, Winter’s Bone

Samuel L. Jackson, Mother and Child

Bill Murray, Get Low

Jon Ortiz, Jack Goes Boating

Mark Ruffalo, The Kids Are All Right

Best Supporting Female

Ashley Bell, The Last Exorcism

Dale Dickey, Winter’s Bone

Allison Janney, Life During Wartime

Daphne Rubin-Vega, Jack Goes Boating

Naomi Watts, Mother and Child

Read the rest of the nominees after the jump.

Best Screenplay

Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg, The Kids Are All Right

Debra Granik & Anne Rosellini, Winter’s Bone

Nicole Holofcener, Please Give

David Lindsay-Abaire, Rabbit Hole

Todd Solondz, Life During Wartime

Best First Feature

Everything Strange and New

Get Low

Night Catches Us

The Last Exorcism

Tiny Furniture

Best First Screenplay

Diane Bell, Obselidia

Lena Dunham, Tiny Furniture

Nik Fackler, Lovely, Still

Robert Glaudini, Jack Goes Boating

Dana Adam Shapiro & Evan M. Wiener, Monogamy

Best Foreign Film

The King’s Speech


Mademoiselle Chambon

Of Gods and Men

Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

Best Documentary

Exit Through the Gift Shop




Thunder Soul

Best Cinematography

Never Let Me Go

Black Swan

Tiny Furniture

Winter’s Bone


John Cassavetes Award

Daddy Longlegs

The Exploding Girl


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