By Lindsey Bahr
Updated November 27, 2012 at 12:00 PM EST
Credit: Deana Newcomb

The nominations for the 28th Independent Spirit Awards were announced this morning in Hollywood. We checked in with Jack Black (Bernie), David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook), Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild), Emayatzy Corinealdi (Middle of Nowhere), and more for their reactions. Check out what the stars had to say below and read our full analysis of what the nominations mean for awards season here.

Jack Black, Bernie (nominated for Best Male Lead)

“This is the best news. These nominations are a sweet reward for a little film that took a tremendous amount of passion and patience to pull off. All praise due to our director Rick Linklater!”

Matthew McConaughey, Killer Joe (nominated for Best Male Lead) and Magic Mike (nominated for Best Supporting Male)

“The process of portraying the original characters in these films was so creatively fun for me. Now, to see our work not only translated, but resonated, is extremely exciting. I truly love the freedoms, pressures, and vitalities that come with independent filmmaking and I’m honored to be nominated.”

Emayatzy Corinealdi, Middle of Nowhere (nominated for Best Female Lead)

“I’m still on Cloud 9 about last night’s Gotham Award, so this Spirit Awards news is just a massive cherry on top of an already wonderful time for our film. I’m beyond overjoyed for Ava, Lorraine, David and our whole film family. This is wonderful!”

David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook (nominated for Best Director and Best Feature)

“It’s a wonderful full circle for me. Spanking the Monkey was honored by the Spirits and how great to have these five nominations for Silver Linings Playbook. I am extremely grateful for everyone on the selection committee for recognizing the film today.”

Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild (nominated for Best Director and Best Feature)

“This movie was literally made outside of industry, and it’s always felt like this awards show is the one that really champions that type of filmmaking. And my hero is John Cassavetes. I’m really proud of the movie and particularly of Quvenzhané Wallis (nominated for Best Female Lead), and recognizing that there is talent all over he country. It’s an exciting moment for us, the film, the south, and Louisiana to be represented.”

Ava DuVernay, Middle of Nowhere (nominated for the John Cassavetes Award)

“Four Spirit Award nominations for a film made for $200K in 19 days is pretty downright beautiful. Thrilled that we’ll be in the big white tent come February. And over the moon that Emayatzy, David and Lorraine – who made this film with me for no money – are being celebrated.”

Rosemarie DeWitt, Your Sister’s Sister (nominated for Best Supporting Female)

“I’m really grateful to Film Independent for shining a light on our little film, which showcases the very big talents of Lynn Shelton, Emily Blunt and Mark Duplass. I loved every minute of working with these guys and I’m so happy to share that with an audience.”

Bruce Cohen, Silver Linings Playbook (nominated for Best Feature)

“I actually found out online. I was doing a close following of twitter. It’s really wonderful. You’re always very excited and proud when a film that you’ve worked on that you love gets recognition – especially from the Spirit Awards. It’s a great event. The whole spirit of the show – no pun intended – and what it celebrates is really cool. I’ve attended many times, so it’s exciting to have my first official Spirit Awards nomination. It’s certainly always nice to get recognition so early in the awards season, too.”

Rashida Jones, Celeste and Jesse Forever (nominated for Best First Screenplay with Will McCormack)

“I’m thrilled and humbled to be nominated for a Spirit Award. In some way, to be acknowledged as a writer feels more fulfilling than any accomplishment thus far.”

Lorraine Toussaint, Middle of Nowhere (nominated for Best Supporting Female)

“Woohoo. I am so proud of this project and so glad that it’s being recognized. It’s a beautiful film and a beautiful day!”

Michael Péna, End of Watch (nominated for Best Supporting Male)

“I enjoy watching and being a part of independent films. I must admit it was a huge surprise and honor to be nominated for a Spirit Award especially amongst actors I am truly fans of.”

Roman Coppola, Moonrise Kingdom (nominated for Best Screenplay with Wes Anderson)

“I am delighted that Moonrise Kingdom has been nominated for Best Screenplay and was also represented in so many other categories with Independent Spirit nominations. I admire the other films that are being honored and appreciate receiving this recognition.”


Beasts of the Southern Wild

  • Movie
  • PG-13
  • 93 minutes