Gosling, Williams vie For Spirit Awards

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FilmDistrict
The 2012 awards race officially kicked off today as the Film Independent Spirit Award nominations were revealed by Kate Beckinsale and Anthony Mackie. The ceremony, annually held the day before the Oscars, celebrates the best independent cinema has to offer.
But that doesn't mean the nomination ballot doesn't include a lot of familiar faces as Ryan Gosling, Michelle Williams, Anjelica Huston and Woody Harrelson all scores nods.
"The 2012 nominees tell their stories in such an authentic way and reflect the inclusive nature of the independent filmmaking community," Film Independent Senior Director Sean McManus said. "We are delighted to support them and expand the audience for their work."
Check out the nominees below and be sure to watch the Film Independent Spirit Awards on February 25, 2012 on IFC.
BEST FEATURE
50/50
Beginners
Drive
Take Shelter
The Artist
The Descendants


BEST FEMALE LEAD
Lauren Ambrose, Think of Me
Rachael Harris, Natural Selection
Adepero Oduye, Pariah
Elizabeth Olsen, Martha Marcy May Marlene
Michelle Williams, My Week with Marilyn

BEST MALE LEAD
Demián Bichir, A Better Life
Jean Dujardin, The Artist
Ryan Gosling, Drive
Woody Harrelson, Rampart
Michael Shannon, Take Shelter

BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE
Jessica Chastain, Take Shelter
Anjelica Huston, 50/50
Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs
Harmony Santana, Gun Hill Road
Shailene Woodley, The Descendants

BEST SUPPORTING MALE
Albert Brooks, Drive
John Hawkes, Martha Marcy May Marlene
Christopher Plummer, Beginners
John C. Reilly, Cedar Rapids
Corey Stoll, Midnight in Paris

BEST DIRECTOR
Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Mike Mills, Beginners
Jeff Nichols, Take Shelter
Alexander Payne, The Descendants
Nicolas Winding Refn, Drive

BEST SCREENPLAY
Joseph Cedar, Footnote
Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Tom McCarthy, Win Win
Mike Mills, Beginners
Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash, The Descendants

BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM
A Separation
Melancholia
Shame
The Kid With a Bike
Tyrannosaur


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

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