2014 Indie Spirit Nods

What’s more surprising – a screenplay shout-out for Big Eyes or the shut-out of The Imitation Game? Either way, this set of Indie Spirit nominees feels less like an Oscar-predicting game than it has in years. And I’m not complaining.

Check out the nominees after the jump. Before that, though, here are some bits about the nominees.

Interesting Inclusions

  • Big Eyes getting a screenplay mention
  • Jimi: All is By My Side getting a male-lead mention for André Benjamin

Mind-numbing Misses

  • Boyhood missing a screenplay mention
  • Birdman, or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance missing a screenplay mention
  • Foxcatcher getting a special mention – and no other recognition
  • The Imitation Game receiving no recognition whatsoever
  • Mr. Turner and The Theory of Everything missing nominations for international film
  • The Skeleton Twins receiving no recognition whatsoever
  • Wild receiving no recognition whatsoever

Best Feature

  • Boyhood
  • Birdman, or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance
  • Love is Strange
  • Selma
  • Whiplash

Best Director

  • Damien Chazelle for Whiplash
  • Ava DuVernay for Selma
  • Alejandro González Iñárritu for Birdman, or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance
  • Richard Linklater for Boyhood
  • David Zellner for Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter

Best Screenplay

  • Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski for Big Eyes
  • J.C. Chandor for A Most Violent Year
  • Dan Gilroy for Nightcrawler
  • Jim Jarmusch for Only Lovers Left Alive
  • Ira Sachs and Mauricio Zacharias for Love is Strange

Best First Feature

  • A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night
  • Dear White People
  • Nightcrawler
  • Obvious Child
  • She’s Lost Control

Best First Screenplay

  • Desiree Akhavan for Appropriate Behavior
  • Sara Colangelo for Little Accidents
  • Justin Lader for The One I Love
  • Anja Marquardt for She’s Lost Control
  • Justin Simien for Dear White People

John Cassavetes Award

  • Blue Ruin
  • It Felt Like Love
  • Land Ho!
  • Man from Reno
  • Test

Best Female Lead

  • Marion Cotillard for The Immigrant
  • Rinko Kikuchi for Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter
  • Julianne Moore for Still Alice
  • Jenny Slate for Obvious Child
  • Tilda Swinton for Only Lovers Left Alive

Best Male Lead

  • André Benjamin for Jimi: All is By My Side
  • Michael Keaton for Birdman, or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance
  • Jake Gyllenhaal for Nightcrawler
  • John Lithgow for Love is Strange
  • David Oyelow for Selma

Best Supporting Female

  • Patricia Arquette for Boyhood
  • Jessica Chastain for A Most Violent Year
  • Carmen Ejogo for Selma
  • Emma Stone for Birdman, or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance
  • Andrea Suarez Paz for Stand Clear of the Closing Doors

Best Supporting Male

  • Riz Ahmed for Nightcrawler
  • Ethan Hawke for Boyhood
  • Alfred Molina for Love is Strange
  • Edward Norton for Birdman, or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance
  • J.K. Simmons for Whiplash

Best Cinematography

  • Darius Khondji for The Immigrant
  • Emmanuel Lubezki for Birdman, or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance
  • Sean Porter for It Felt Like Love
  • Lyle Vincent for A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
  • Bradford Young for Selma

Best Editing

  • Sandra Adair for Boyhood
  • Tom Cross for Whiplash
  • John Gilroy for Nightcrawler
  • Ron Patane for A Most Violent Year
  • Adam Wingard for The Guest

Best Documentary

  • 20,000 Days on Earth
  • CITIZENFOUR
  • The Salt of the Earth
  • Stray Dog
  • Virunga

Best International Film

  • Force Majeure
  • Ida
  • Leviathan
  • Mommy
  • Norte, the End of History
  • Under the Skin
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