Nate von Zumwalt, Editorial Manager
Film Independent announced the nominations for its 29th Annual Independent Spirit Awards this morning with actresses Octavia Spencer and Paula Patton presenting the honors. A total of 24 films supported by Sundance Institute or the Sundance Film Festival received recognition, led by three noms for Grand Jury Prize winner Fruitvale Station and a pair for Upstream Color, helmed by Shane Carruth, who garnered a Best Director nomination.
Winners will be announced at the Spirit Awards on Saturday, March 1, 2014. The awards ceremony will be held as a daytime luncheon in a tent on the beach in Santa Monica, with the premiere broadcast airing later that evening at 10:00 pm ET/PT exclusively on IFC.
Shane Carruth, Upstream Color
Best First Feature
Best First Screenplay
John Cassavetes Award
Given to the best feature made for under $500,000.
Best Female Lead
Best Male Lead
Michael B. Jordan, Fruitvale Station
Robert Redford, All Is Lost
Best Supporting Female
Melonie Diaz, Fruitvale Station
Computer Chess, Matthias Grunsky
Upstream Color, Shane Carruth and David Lowery
Robert Altman Award
Awarded to the film’s director, casting director, and ensemble cast.
Mud, directed by Jeff Nichols
20th Annual Someone to Watch Award
Shaka King, Newlyweeds
Madeline Olnek, The Foxy Merkins
19th Annual Stella Artois Truer Than Fiction Award
Presented to an emerging director of non-fiction features who has not yet received significant recognition. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant.
Kalyanee Mam, A River Changes Course