Film Independent Spirit Awards

Film Independent Spirit Awards

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A bevy of 2011 Sundance Film Festival films and artists were nominated last month for the Film Independent Spirit Awards, held annually to honor the premier talent in independent film. Online voting opens January 27, and winners will be announced at a February 25 awards ceremony broadcast on IFC (10 p.m. ET/PT). Congratulations to all of our 2011 Festival alumni who are competing in the 26th edition of the Spirit Awards.

BEST FEATURE
(Award given to the producer)

TAKE SHELTER
Producers: Tyler Davidson, Sophia Lin

BEST DIRECTOR

MIKE MILLS - Beginners
JEFF NICHOLS - Take Shelter

BEST SCREENPLAY

TOM McCARTHY - Win Win
MIKE MILLS - Beginners

BEST FIRST FEATURE

ANOTHER EARTH
DIRECTOR: Mike Cahill
PRODUCERS: Mike Cahill, Hunter Gray, Brit Marling, Nicholas Shumaker

MARGIN CALL
DIRECTOR: J.C. Chandor
PRODUCERS: Robert Ogden Barnum, Michael Benaroya, Neal Dodson, Joe Jenckes, Corey Moosa, Zachary Quinto

MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE
DIRECTOR: Sean Durkin
PRODUCERS: Antonio Campos, Patrick Cunningham, Chris Maybach, Josh Mond

BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY

MIKE CAHILL & BRIT MARLING - Another Earth
J.C. CHANDOR - Margin Call
PATRICK DeWITT - Terri
PHIL JOHNSTON - Cedar Rapids

JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD
(Award given to the best feature made for under $500,000; award given to the writer, director, and producer)

BELLFLOWER
WRITER/DIRECTOR: Evan Glodell
PRODUCERS: Evan Glodell, Vincent Grashaw

CIRCUMSTANCE
WRITER/DIRECTOR: Maryam Keshavarz
PRODUCERS: Karin Chien, Maryam Keshavarz, Melissa Lee

PARIAH
WRITER/DIRECTOR: Dee Rees
PRODUCER: Nekisa Cooper

BEST FEMALE LEAD

ADEPERO ODUYE Pariah
ELIZABETH OLSEN - Martha Marcy May Marlene

BEST MALE LEAD

MICHAEL SHANNON - Take Shelter

BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE

JESSICA CHASTAIN - Take Shelter
HARMONY SANTANA - Gun Hill Road

BEST SUPPORTING MALE

JOHN HAWKES - Martha Marcy May Marlene
JOHN C. REILLY - Cedar Rapids

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

 BEN KASULKE - The Off Hours
JOEL HODGE - Bellflower

BEST DOCUMENTARY

AN AFRICAN ELECTION
DIRECTOR/PRODUCER: Jarreth Merz

THE INTERRUPTERS
DIRECTOR/PRODUCER: Steve James
PRODUCER: Alex Kotlowitz

THE REDEMPTION OF GENERAL BUTT NAKED
DIRECTORS/PRODUCERS: Eric Strauss, Daniele Anastasion

WE WERE HERE
DIRECTOR/PRODUCER: David Weissman

BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM
(Award given to the director)

TYRANNOSAUR (UK)
DIRECTOR: Paddy Considine

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

MARGIN CALL
DIRECTOR: J.C. Chandor
CASTING DIRECTORS: 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

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 director of WHERE SOLDIERS COME FROM
DANFUNG DENNIS director of HELL AND BACK AGAIN

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. The Finalists are:

CHAD BURRIS producer of MOSQUITA Y MARI
SOPHIA LIN producer of TAKE SHELTER
JOSH MOND producer of MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE

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