2013 Independent Spirit Awards Nominations Include 'Beasts Of The Southern Wild,' 'Silver Linings Playbook,' And 'Moonrise Kingdom'

One of the first big award season nomination sets went out this morning: the Independent Spirit Awards, which highlight achievement in (obviously) independent productions. The big films in this year's nominations were Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom; David O Russell's Silver Linings Playbook, and newcomer Benh Zeitlin's Sundance hit Beasts of the Southern Wild.

Here are the Nominees for the 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards:

Best Feature (Award given to the Producer)

Beasts of the Southern WildMichael Gottwald, Dan Janvey & Josh Penn, ProducersBernieLiz Glotzer, Richard Linklater, David McFadzean, Dete Meserve, Judd Payne, Celine Rattray, Martin Shafer, Ginger Sledge, Matt Williams, ProducersKeep the Lights On: Marie Therese Guirgis, Lucas Joaquin, Ira Sachs, ProducersMoonrise Kingdom: Wes Anderson, Jeremy Dawson, Steven Rales, Scott Rudin, ProducersSilver Linings Playbook: Bruce Cohen, Donna Gigliotti, Jonathan Gordon, Producers

Best Director

Wes Anderson, Moonrise KingdomJulia Loktev, The Loneliest PlanetDavid O. Russell, Silver Linings PlaybookIra Sachs, Keep the Lights OnBenh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild

Best First Feature (Award given to the director and producer)

Fill the Void: Rama Burshtein, director; Assaf Amir, producerGimme the Loot: Adam Leon, director; Dominic Buchanan, Natalie Difford, Jamund Washington, producersSafety Not Guaranteed: Colin Trevorrow, director; Derek Connolly, Stephanie Langhoff, Peter Saraf, Colin Trevorrow, Marc Turtletaub, producersSound of My Voice: Zal Batmanglij, director; Brit Marling, Hans Ritter, Shelley Surpin, producersThe Perks of Being a Wallflower:  Stephen Chbosky, director; Lianne Halfon, John Malkovich, Russell Smith, producers

John Cassavetes Award

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

Breakfast with Curtis: Laura Colella, writer/director/producerMiddle of Nowhere: Ava DuVernay, writer/director/producer; Howard Barish, Paul Garnes, producersMosquita y Mari:  Aurora Guerrero, writer/director; Chad Burris, producerStarlet:  Sean Baker, co-writer/director; Blake Ashman-Kipervaser, Kevin Chinoy, Patrick Cunningham, Chris Maybach, Francesca Silvestri, producers; Chris Bergoch, co-writerThe Color Wheel:  Alex Ross Perry, writer/director/producer; Carlen Altman, writer

Best Screenplay

Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola, Moonrise KingdomZoe Kazan, Ruby SparksMartin McDonagh, Seven PsychopathsDavid O. Russell, Silver Linings PlaybookIra Sachs, Keep the Lights On

Best First Screenplay

Rama BurshteinFill the VoidDerek ConnollySafety Not GuaranteedChristopher FordRobot & FrankRashida Jones & Will McCormackCeleste and Jesse ForeverJonathan LiseckiGayby

Best Female Lead

Linda Cardellini, ReturnEmayatzy Corinealdi, Middle of NowhereJennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings PlaybookQuvenzhané Wallis, Beasts of the Southern WildMary Elizabeth Winstead, Smashed

Best Male Lead

Jack Black, BernieBradley Cooper, Silver Linings PlaybookJohn Hawkes, The SessionsThure Lindhardt, Keep the Lights OnMatthew McConaughey, Killer JoeWendell Pierce, Four

Best Supporting Female

Rosemarie DeWitt, Your Sister's SisterAnn Dowd, ComplianceHelen Hunt, The SessionsBrit Marling, Sound of My VoiceLorraine Toussaint, Middle of Nowhere

Best Supporting Male

Matthew McConaughey, Magic MikeDavid Oyelowo, Middle of NowhereMichael Péna, End of WatchSam Rockwell, Seven PsychopathsBruce Willis, Moonrise Kingdom


Yoni Brook, Valley of SaintsLol Crawley, HereBen Richardson, Beasts of the Southern WildRoman Vasyanov, End of WatchRobert Yeoman, Moonrise Kingdom

BEST DOCUMENTARY (Award given to the director and producer)

How to Survive a Plague: David France, director; David France, Howard Gertler, producersMarina Abramovi?: The Artist is Present: Matthew Akers, director; Maro Chermayeff, Jeff Dupre, producersThe Central Park Five: Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, David McMahon, directors/producersThe Invisible War:  Kirby Dick, director; Tanner King Barklow, Amy Ziering, producersThe Waiting Room:  Peter Nicks, director/producer; Linda Davis, William B. Hirsch, producers

BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM (Award given to the director)

Amour, Michael HanekeOnce Upon A Time in Anatolia, Nuri Bilge CeylanRust And Bone, Jacques AudiardSister, Ursula MeierWar Witch, Kim Nguyen

16th ANNUAL PIAGET PRODUCERS AWARD – The 16th 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.

Nobody Walks, Alicia Van CouveringPrince Avalanche, Derrick TsengStones in the Sun, Mynette Louie

19th ANNUAL SOMEONE TO WATCH AWARD – The 19th 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.

Pincus, David FensterGimme the Loot, Adam LeonElectrick Children, Rebecca Thomas

STELLA ARTOIS TRUER THAN FICTION AWARD – The 18th 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.

Leviathan: Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel, directorsThe Waiting Room: Peter Nicks, directorOnly the Young: Jason Tippet & Elizabeth Mims, directors

ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD – (Given to one film's director, casting director, and its ensemble cast)

Starlet: Sean Baker, director; Julia Kim, Casting Director; Dree Hemingway, Besedka Johnson, Karren Karagulian, Stella Maeve, James Ransone,  Ensemble Cast