By Esther Zuckerman
Updated November 25, 2014 at 06:58 PM EST
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Birdman scored six Independent Spirit Award nominations, the most of any film, when the nods were announced today, but for the most part the Spirit Awards spread the love around.

Boyhood, Nightcrawler, and Selma each got five nominations, while Whiplash, a source of buzz since its debut at Sundance, received four. Though most of these films have Oscar hopes, the Spirit Awards have also honor films that haven’t made much headway in the awards conversation, despite critical praise. For instance, the John Lithgow-Alfred Molina film Love Is Strange was nominated for Best Feature, and received four other nominations, while A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, a film described as the “first Iranian Vampire Western,“has three nominations to its name.

See the full list below.

Best Feature

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)


Love Is Strange



Best Director

Damien Chazelle, Whiplash

Ava DuVernay, Selma

Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Richard Linklater, Boyhood

David Zellner, Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter

Best Screenplay

Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski, Big Eyes

J.C. Chandor, A Most Violent Year

Dan Gilroy, Nightcrawler

Jim Jarmusch, Only Lovers Left Alive

Ira Sachs & Mauricio Zacharias, Love is Strange

Best First Feature

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

Dear White People


Obvious Child

She’s Lost Control

Best First Screenplay

Desiree Akhavan, Appropriate Behavior

Sara Colangelo, Little Accidents

Justin Lader, The One I Love

Anja Marquardt, She’s Lost Control

Justin Simien, Dear White People

John Cassavetes Award – Given to the best feature made for under $500,000

Blue Ruin

It Felt Like Love

Land Ho!

Man From Reno


Best Female Lead

Marion Cotillard, The Immigrant

Rinko Kikuchi, Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter

Julianne Moore, Still Alice

Jenny Slate, Obvious Child

Tilda Swinton, Only Lovers Left Alive

Best Male Lead

André Benjamin, Jimi: All Is By My Side

Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler

Michael Keaton, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

John Lithgow, Love is Strange

David Oyelowo, Selma

Best Supporting Female

Patricia Arquette, Boyhood

Jessica Chastain, A Most Violent Year

Carmen Ejogo, Selma

Andrea Suarez Paz, Stand Clear of the Closing Doors

Emma Stone, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Best Supporting Male

Riz Ahmed, Nightcrawler

Ethan Hawke, Boyhood

Alfred Molina, Love is Strange

Edward Norton, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

Best Cinematography

Darius Khondji, The Immigrant

Emmanuel Lubezki, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Sean Porter,It Felt Like Love

Lyle Vincent, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

Bradford Young, Selma

Best Editing

Sandra Adair, Boyhood

Tom Cross, Whiplash

John Gilroy, Nightcrawler

Ron Patane, A Most Violent Year

Adam Wingard, The Guest

Best Documentary

20,000 Days on Earth


Stray Dog

The Salt of the Earth


Best International Film

Force Majeure (Sweden)

Ida (Poland)

Leviathan (Russia)

Mommy (Canada)

Norte, the End of History (Philippines)

Under the Skin (United Kingdom)

Robert Altman Award

Inherent Vice

Special Distinction Award


18th Annual Piaget Producers Award

Chad Burris

Elisabeth Holm

Chris Ohlson

21st Annual Kiehl’s Someone to Watch Award

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, Director: Ana Lily Amirpour

H., Directors: Rania Attieh & Daniel Garcia

The Retrieval, Director: Chris Eska

20th Annual LensCrafters Truer than Fiction Award

Approaching the Elephant, Director: Amanda Rose Wilder

Evolution of a Criminal, Director: Darius Clark Monroe

The Kill Team, Director: Dan Krauss

The Last Season, Director: Sara Dosa


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