The Independent Spirit Award nominations, seen by some as a good predictor of what will garner Oscar nominations in January, are out.
Films Moonrise Kingdom and Silver Linings Playbook lead the way with five nominations each. Both were nominated for Best Feature Film and Best Director. Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper were also nominated for their fine work in Silver Linings Playbook. Beasts of the Southern Wild, Keep the Lights On and Middle of Nowhere were right behind with four nominations apiece.
Here are the major nominations:
Best Female Lead:
Linda Cardellini – Return
Emayatzy Corinealdi, Middle of Nowhere
Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Quvenzhané Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild
Mary Elizabeth Winstead, – Smashed
How to Survive a Plague
Marina Abromović The Artist is Present
The Central Park Five
The Invisible War
The Waiting Room
Among the distributors, Fox Searchlight led the way with nine nominations with Music Box Productions close behind with seven. IFC Films, Focus Features and Sony Pictures Classics each received six nominations. 49 films in all received at least one nomination.
The Independent Spirit Awards will be held on Saturday, February 23, 2013; the night before the Oscars are awarded.