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2014 - Awards Season: Slave Earns Independence

November 28th, 2013

12 Years a Slave poster

Independent Spirit Award started the Awards Season this week, handing out its nominations. 12 Years a Slave led the way with seven nominations, but it wasn't the only film to pick up multiple nominations.

The categories and nominations are...

BEST FEATURE

BEST DIRECTOR

BEST SCREENPLAY

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

BEST SUPPORTING MALE

BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE

BEST DOCUMENTARY

BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

BEST EDITING

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

Also announced were the nominees for the three Filmmaker Grant Awards.

Piaget Producers Award

Someone to Watch Award

Stella Artois Truer Than Fiction Award is presented to an emerging director of non-fiction features who has not yet received significant attention.

Notes and Reactions...

  • 12 Years a Slave earned seven nominations, but Nebraska was right behind with six nominations. Both films should pick up at least a few Oscar nods as well.
  • All is Lost earned four nods, while Blue Jasmine, Fruitvale Station, and
  • Inside Llewyn Davis each earned three.
  • David Lowery picked up two nominations in two different categories for two different films, Upstream Color and Pit Stop
  • There were not a lot of surprises here, so there's not a lot of reactions.
  • Frances Ha earned a nomination for Best Picture, but not for its director, screenwriter, star, etc. It did earn a second nomination for Best Editing, but usually Best Picture contenders earn more nominations than this and in the higher prestige categories.
  • James Gandolfini might be a sentimental favorite for his posthumous work in Enough Said, but that category is unusually competitive this year. (There were six nominations given out.)

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