Independent Spirit Nominations Revealed

We’ve got our first award show noms, and although the Independent Spirits aren’t usually regarded as a total O-Day precursor, I tend to respect them, more so than the Academy Awards. You see, I’m a large a-hole who turns up her nose at most conventional cinema. (I know, I’m the worst). So, the Independent Spirits are like my safe haven. Better yet, they are a guy who is more intelligent and interesting, but who I ultimately pass over to date  the guy who hasn’t got much in the way of brains, but can rock a muscle T hard. If you’re having trouble deciphering the subtle complexities of my brilliant analogy, that less intelligent guy in the muscle shirt was supposed to be the Oscars, just fyi.

Unsurprisingly, George Clooney’s film George Clooney Plays Himself in a Movie Set in Hawaii, wait, I mean The Descendants got 3 nominations, (review to come), none of which included a Best Male Lead nod for George Clooney. See, aren’t the Indy Spirits swell?

I am pleased to announced that The Artist, a black and white silent film that I am anticipating more than when Mini Eggs come out in Spring, lead the pack with the most nominations at 5. Score one for pretension! Similarly, Drive, a personal favorite of mine, starring the man who visits me every night in my dreams, Ryan Gosling, got some much needed recognition, with 4 noms, including Best Feature, Best Director for Nicolas Winding Refn (no that’s no typo), and Best Male Lead for Ryan Gosling, (insert inappropriate comment here).

Other films that got some indy love include; 50/50, Win Win, Take Shelter, My Week With Marilyn, Martha Marcy May Marlene, and Midnight in Paris. Oh, and none for The Help or Gretchen Weiners.

To read the complete list of nominations, visit http://www.deadline.com/2011/11/spirit-award-nominees-unveiled/

What did you think of the Independent Spirit Nominations? Are you psyched or are you more excited about Mini Eggs? Comment and join the conversation.

**UPDATE

The New York Critis Circle have just tweeted, yes tweeted this year’s winners. They are as follows:

Best Actor: Brad Pitt (Moneyball, Tree Of Life)
Best Actress: Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady)
Best Foreign-Language Film: A Separation
Best Supporting Actress: Jessica Chastain (Tree Of Life, The Help and Take Shelter)
Best Supporting Actor: Albert Brooks (Drive)
Best Nonfiction Film: Cave Of Forgotten Dreams
Best First Feature: Margin Call

Yay Meryl. Yay Tree Of Life.

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