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Kids are All Right, Winter’s Bone Top Spirit Award Nominees

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On the heels of the recent staging of the 2010 Gotham Independent Film Awards, the countdown to awards season in Tinseltown is officially on. Two of my indie faves, Winter’s Bone (a riveting drama) and The Kids Are All Right (a superb modern-day family story), have emerged the top contenders for the upcoming Film Independent Spirit Awards (which annually salutes the ‘little man’ in Hollywood), announced Tuesday morning. No surprise there. Winter’s Bone picked up seven noms and Kids racked up five. Both films are up for Best Feature, joined by 127 Hours, Black Swan, and Greenberg. As expected, the buzzworthy drama Rabbit Hole earned four nods, including acting nominations for Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart.

Notable snubs, however, include Ryan Gosling (after his superb Oscar-nominated turn in 2006’s Half Nelson, he seemed a sureshot for Blue Valentine); Robert Duvall (early reviews praised his excellence and subtlety in Get Low) and, perhaps most startlingly of all, Julianne Moore for Kids. (The possibility of double lead nominations for Moore and Bening seems to be waning at this point). I was also secretly rooting for Halle Berry to score a nod for her labour-of-love project Frankie & Alice. Oh, well.

Here’s a breakdown of the key categories:

Best Feature
127 Hours
Black Swan
Greenberg
The Kids Are All Right
Winter’s Bone

Best Director
Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan
Danny Boyle, 127 Hours
Lisa Cholodenko, The Kids Are All Right
Debra Granik, Winter’s Bone
John Cameron Mitchell, Rabbit Hole

Best Male Lead
Ronald Bronstein, Daddy Longlegs
Aaron Eckhart, Rabbit Hole
James Franco, 127 Hours
John C. Reilly, Cyrus
Ben Stiller, Greenberg

Best Female Lead
Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right

Greta Gerwig, Greenberg
Nicole Kidman, Rabbit Hole
Jennifer Lawrence, Winter’s Bone
Natalie Portman, Black Swan
Michelle Williams, Blue Valentine

Best Supporting Male
John Hawkes, Winter’s Bone
Samuel L. Jackson, Mother and Child
Bill Murray, Get Low
Jon Ortiz, Jack Goes Boating
Mark Ruffalo, The Kids Are All Right

Best Supporting Female
Ashley Bell, The Last Exorcism
Dale Dickey, Winter’s Bone
Allison Janney, Life During Wartime
Daphne Rubin-Vega, Jack Goes Boating
Naomi Watts, Mother and Child

Best Screenplay
Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg, The Kids Are All Right
Debra Granik & Anne Rosellini, Winter’s Bone
Nicole Holofcener, Please Give
David Lindsay-Abaire, Rabbit Hole
Todd Solondz, Life During Wartime

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