Beasts of the Southern Wild, Bernie, Keep the Lights On, Moonrise Kingdom, and Silver Linings Playbook all scored nods in the Best Feature category, while several of the stars also received acting nominations.
"The nominations this year represent an astonishingly strong group of artists both in front of and behind the camera," said Film Independent Co-president Josh Welsh. "At Film Independent, we nurture artist-driven filmmaking all year long and I can't imagine a more fitting or worthy group of films to celebrate here today."
The winners will be announced at the Spirit Awards on Saturday, February 23, 2013 (broadcast at 10 p.m. on IFC), but for now, check out the list of nominees below!
Best Feature Beasts of the Southern Wild Bernie Keep the Lights On Moonrise Kingdom Silver Linings Playbook
BEST FEMALE LEAD Linda Cardellini, Return Emayatzy Corinealdi, Middle of Nowhere Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook Quvenzhane Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Smashed
BEST MALE LEAD Jack Black, Bernie Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook John Hawkes, The Sessions Thure Lindhardt, Keep the Lights On Matthew McConaughey, Killer Joe Wendell Pierce, Four
BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE Rosemarie DeWitt, Your Sister's Sister Ann Dowd, Compliance Helen Hunt, The Sessions Brit Marling, Sound of My Voice Lorraine Toussaint, Middle of Nowhere
BEST SUPPORTING MALE Matthew McConaughey, Magic Mike David Oyelowo, Middle of Nowhere Michael Pena, End of Watch Sam Rockwell, Seven Psychopaths Bruce Willis, Moonrise Kingdom
BEST DIRECTOR Wes Anderson, Moonrise Kingdom Julia Loktev, The Loneliest Planet David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook Ira Sachs, Keep the Lights On Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild
BEST SCREENPLAY Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola, Moonrise Kingdom Zoe Kazan, Ruby Sparks Martin McDonagh, Seven Psychopaths David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook Ira Sachs, Keep the Lights On