‘Moonrise Kingdom,’ ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ lead Independent Spirit Award nominations

'Moonrise Kingdom' ties with 'Silver Linings Playbook' with five nominations each for Independent Spirit Awards
‘Moonrise Kingdom’ ties with ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ with five nominations each for Independent Spirit Awards

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 PlaybookBeasts 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 Feature Film:
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Keep the Lights On
Moonrise Kingdom
Silver Linings Playbook

Best Director:
Wes Anderson – Moonrise Kingdom
Julia Loktev – The Loneliest Planet
David O. Russell – Silver Linings Playbook
Ira Sachs – Keep the Lights On
Behn Zeitlin – Beasts of the Southern Wild

Best Screenplay:
Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola – Moonrise Kingdom
Zoe Kazan – Ruby Sparks
Martin McDonagh – Seven Psychopaths
David O. Russell – Silver Linings Playbook
Ira Sachs – Keep the Lights On

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

Best Male Lead:
Jack Black – Bernie
Bradley Cooper – Silver Linings Playbook
John Hawkes – The Sessions
Thure Lindhardt – Keep the Lights On
Matthew McConaughey – Killer Joe
Wendell Pierce – Four

Best Female Supporting:
Rosemarie DeWitt – Your Sister’s Sister
Ann Dowd – Compliance
Helen Hunt – The Sessions
Brit Marling – Sound of My Voice
Lorraine Toussaint – Middle of Nowhere

Best Male Supporting:
Matthew McConaughey – Magic Mike
David Oyelowo – Middle of Nowhere
Michael Pena – End of Watch
Sam Rockwell – Seven Psychopaths
Bruce Willis – Moonrise Kingdom

Best Documentary:
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.

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