Gold Rush: Independent Spirit Awards Nominees 2011

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 Writer/Director: Evan Glodell
§  Pariah Writer/Director: Dee Rees

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

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

§  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 AWARDThe 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 AWARDThe 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

My Take: I will go more into my thoughts in later posts, since I haven’t seen a number of these films (Best Feature is the only one I’m 5/6 on). However, I am pleased to see Drive, Beginners, and Take Shelter get their due in numerous categories.

The only real surprise? 50/50. I didn’t even know that was considered an independent movie. I suppose now I’ll have to write something about it…

3 thoughts on “Gold Rush: Independent Spirit Awards Nominees 2011

  1. I’m excited to see Jessica Chastain win a few things this awards season. She’s quickly becoming one of my favorite actresses.


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