‘The Artist’ and ‘Take Shelter’ Lead the 2012 Film Independent Spirit Award Nominations


2012 Film Independent Spirit Award NominationsIt’s an award-based morning as not only were the 50/50, which ended up with three nominations.

Of the films nominated for Best Feature, my gut tells me it’s a battle between The Artist and The Descendants and this just may end up being the first sign as to which of those two may end up being the Oscar favorite.

This year’s Independent Spirit Awards will be handed out on February 25, 2012 in Santa Monica. To be considered for a nomination a film must be made by a U.S. producer and is generally budgeted under $20 million.

I’ve included the full list of nominees directly below.

BEST FEATURE (Award given to the Producer)

  • 50/50
  • Beginners
  • Drive
  • Take Shelter
  • The Artist
  • The Descendants


  • Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist)
  • Mike Mills (Beginners)
  • Jeff Nichols (Take Shelter)
  • Alexander Payne (The Descendants)
  • Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive)


  • Joseph Cedar (Footnote)
  • Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist)
  • Tom McCarthy (Win Win)
  • Mike Mills (Beginners)
  • Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash (The Descendants)

BEST FIRST FEATURE (Award given to the director and producer)

  • Another Earth
  • In the Family
  • Margin Call
  • Martha Marcy May Marlene
  • Natural Selection


  • Mike Cahill, Brit Marling (Another Earth)
  • J.C. Chandor (Margin Call)
  • Patrick deWitt (Terri)
  • Phil Johnston (Cedar Rapids)
  • Will Reiser (50/50)

JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD – Given to the best feature made for under $500,000. Award given to the writer, director, and producer.

  • Bellflower
  • Circumstance
  • Hello Lonesome
  • Pariah
  • The Dynamiter


  • Demian Bichir (A Better Life)
  • Jean Dujardin (The Artist)
  • Ryan Gosling (Drive)
  • Woody Harrelson (Rampart)
  • Michael Shannon (Take Shelter)


  • Lauren Ambrose (Think of Me)
  • Rachael Harris (Natural Selection)
  • Adepero Oduye (Pariah)
  • Elizabeth Olsen (Martha Marcy May Marlene)
  • Michelle Williams (My Week with Marilyn)


  • Jessica Chastain (Take Shelter)
  • Anjelica Huston (50/50)
  • Janet McTeer (Albert Nobbs)
  • Harmony Santana (Gun Hill Road)
  • Shailene Woodley (The Descendants)


  • Albert Brooks (Drive)
  • John Hawkes (Martha Marcy May Marlene)
  • Christopher Plummer (Beginners)
  • John C. Reilly (Cedar Rapids)
  • Corey Stoll (Midnight in Paris)


  • Joel Hodge (Bellflower)
  • Benjamin Kasulke (The Off Hours)
  • Darius Khondji (Midnight in Paris)
  • Guillaume Schiffman (The Artist)
  • Jeffrey Waldron (The Dynamiter)

BEST DOCUMENTARY (Award given to the director and producer)

  • An African Election
  • Bill Cunningham
  • The Interrupters
  • The Redemption of General Butt Naked
  • We Were Here

BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM (Award given to the director)

  • A Separation (Iran)
  • Melancholia (Denmark/Sweden/France/Germany)
  • Shame (UK)
  • The Kid With a Bike (Belgium/France/Italy)
  • Tyrannosaur (UK)

PIAGET PRODUCERS AWARD – The 15th annual Piaget Producers Award honors emerging producers who, despite highly limited resources demonstrate the creativity, tenacity, and vision required to produce quality, independent films. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant funded by Piaget.

  • Chad Burris (Mosquita y Mari)
  • Sophia Lin (Take Shelter)
  • Josh Mond (Martha Marcy May Marlene)

SOMEONE TO WATCH AWARD – The 18th annual Someone to Watch Award recognizes a talented filmmaker of singular vision who has not yet received appropriate recognition. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant.

  • Simon Arthur (Silver Tongues)
  • Mark Jackson (Without)
  • Nicholas Ozeki (Mamitas)

TRUER THAN FICTION AWARD – The 17th annual Truer Than Fiction Award is presented to an emerging director of non-fiction features who has not yet received significant recognition. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant.

  • Heather Courtney (Where Soldiers Come From)
  • Danfung Dennis (Hell and Back Again)
  • Alma Har’el (Bombay Beach)

ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD – (Given to one film’s director, casting director, and its ensemble cast)

  • Margin Call Director: J.C. Chandor
    Casting Director: Tiffany Little Canfield, Bernard Telsey
    Ensemble Cast: Penn Badgley, Simon Baker, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Irons, Mary McDonnell, Demi Moore, Zachary Quinto, Kevin Spacey, Stanley Tucci