Silver Linings Playbook receives key Spirit Award nominations
Silver Linings Playbook, Keep the Lights On, and Moonrise Kingdom were the only three movies to receive nominations for Best Feature, Best Director, and Best Screenplay for the 2013 Spirit Awards. Additionally, all three movies received nods in the acting categories, though Silver Linings Playbook was the only one to land both Best Actor (Bradley Cooper) and Best Actress (Jennifer Lawrence) nods. (Image: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence Silver Linings Playbook.)
Also worth noting is that much like the Academy Awards, the Spirit Awards' nominating committees love stars (and/or leading players) in supporting roles: see the list below, which includes Helen Hunt, Bruce Willis, and Matthew McConaughey (who's also up for Best Actor) – but not, surprisingly, Robert De Niro (for Silver Linings Playbook). Announced earlier today, the nominated films were selected out of 299 entries.
The Best Feature nominees are Behn Zeitlin's Beasts of the Southern Wild; Richard Linklater's Bernie; Ira Sachs' Keep the Lights On; last night's Gotham Award winner Moonrise Kingdom, directed by Wes Anderson; and David O. Russell's Silver Linings Playbook. Zeitlin, Sachs, Anderson, and Russell were also nominated for Best Director, but Richard Linklater's spot went to The Loneliest Planet's Julia Loktev – the only nod for Loktev's film.
Up for Best Screenplay are Moonrise Kingdom (Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola), Ruby Sparks (Zoe Kazan), the critically acclaimed but little-seen (in North America) Seven Psychopaths (Martin McDonagh), Silver Linings Playbook (David O. Russell), and Keep the Lights On (Ira Sachs and Mauricio Zacharias).
The Best International Film nominees are Michael Haneke's Amour (France – though it represents Austria at the Academy Awards); Nuri Bilge Ceylan's Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (Turkey), last year's Turkish submission for the Academy Awards; Jacques Audiard's Rust and Bone (France / Belgium); Ursula Meier's Sister (Switzerland); and Kim Nguyen's War Witch (Democratic Republic of Congo – though it represents Canada at the Academy Awards).
Potential Oscar contenders shortlisted in acting categories
In the acting categories, Linda Cardellini (Return), Emayatzy Corinealdi (Middle of Nowhere), Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook), Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild), and Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Smashed) are the Best Actress / Best Female Lead contenders.
The (six) Best Actor / Best Male Lead contenders are Jack Black (Bernie), Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook), John Hawkes (The Sessions), Thure Lindhardt (Keep the Lights On), Matthew McConaughey (Killer Joe), and Wendell Pierce (Four).
In the supporting categories, the nominees for Best Supporting Actress are Rosemarie DeWitt for Your Sister's Sister, Ann Dowd for Compliance, Helen Hunt for The Sessions, Brit Marling for Sound of My Voice, and Lorraine Toussaint for Middle of Nowhere. Up for Best Supporting Actor are Matthew McConaughey for Magic Mike, David Oyelowo for Middle of Nowhere, Michael Peña for End of Watch, Sam Rockwell for Seven Psychopaths, and Bruce Willis for Moonrise Kingdom.
More Spirit Award nominations
The Best First Feature nominees are the following: Rama Burshtein's Fill the Void, Adam Leon's Gimme the Loot, Colin Trevorrow's Safety Not Guaranteed, Zal Batmanglij's Sound of My Voice, and Stephen Chbosky's The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
In the running for Best First Screenplay are Rama Burshtein for Fill the Void, Derek Connolly for Safety Not Guaranteed, Christopher Ford for Robot & Frank, Rashida Jones and Will McCormack for Celeste and Jesse Forever, and Jonathan Lisecki for Gayby.
Nominees for the John Cassavetes Award, given to “the best feature made for under $500,000,” are Laura Colella's Breakfast with Curtis, Ava DuVernay's Middle of Nowhere, Aurora Guerrero's Mosquita y Mari, Sean Baker's Starlet, and Alex Ross Perry's The Color Wheel.
The Best Documentary contenders are David France's AIDS-themed Gotham Award-winning How to Survive a Plague; Matthew Akers' Marina Abromovic The Artist is Present; Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, David McMahon's The Central Park Five; Kirby Dick's The Invisible War; and Peter Nicks' The Waiting Room.
And finally, the Robert Altman Award will go to Starlet. The recipients will be director Sean Baker, casting director Julia Kim, and actors Dree Hemingway, Besedka Johnson, Karren Karagulian, Stella Maeve, and James Ransone.
The 2013 Spirit Awards ceremony will be held in Santa Monica on Feb. 23, the day before the Oscars.
Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence Silver Linings Playbook photo: The Weinstein Company.