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“The Artist” and “Take Shelter” lead the 2012 Spirit Award nominees

“The Artist” and “Take Shelter” lead the 2012 Spirit Award nominees (photo)

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At a ceremony in Los Angeles this morning, Anthony Mackie and Kate Beckinsale announced the nominees for the 2012 Spirit Awards, which will be handed out on IFC on Saturday, February 25. And one night after it scored Best Film and Best Ensemble at the Gotham Awards, “Beginners” built more awards season momentum by landing four Spirit Award nominations: Best Feature, Best Director (Mike Mills), Best Screenplay (Mike Mills), and Best Supporting Male (Christopher Plummer). That put it one nomination behind the two biggest winners of the morning, “The Artist” and “Take Shelter,” which each received five nominations. “Drive,” “The Descendants,” and “Martha Marcy May Marlene” also received four nominations a piece.

Picking the winners is not going to be easy for the members fo Film Independent this year; there are a lot of very deserving films and filmmakers and some very competitive categories. Take Best International Film. The nominees are “A Separation,” “Melancholia,” “Shame,” “The Kid With a Bike,” and “Tyrannosaur.” I haven’t seen “The Kid With the Bike Yet” — it opens in the United States next spring — but all four other films are deserving winners (though if pressed, I’d vote for “A Separation”). Or what about Best Supporting Male? Plummer was outstanding in “Beginners” but so was Albert Brooks in “Drive;” John Hawkes was no slouch in “Martha Marcy May Marlene” either. I even liked John C. Reilly in “Cedar Rapids,” a great performance in a so-so movie. That’s going to be a very hard decision.

You’ll find the full list of nominees below. My advice: print ’em out and use them as a checklist. If you haven’t seen any of these outstanding indie films, now you have to.

The 2012 Spirit Award Nominees

BEST FEATURE
“The Artist”
“Beginners”
“The Descendants”
“Drive”
“50/50”
“Take Shelter”

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 FIRST FEATURE
“Another Earth”
“In the Family”
“Margin Call”
“Martha Marcy May Marlene”
“Natural Selection”

BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY
Mike Cahill, Brit Marling, “Another Earth”
J.C. Chandor, “Margin Call”
Patrick deWitt, “Terri”
Phil Johnston, “Cedar Rapids”
Will Reiser, “50/50”

JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD
(Given to the best feature made for under $500,000)
“Bellflower”
“Circumstance”
“Hello Lonesome”
“Pariah”
“The Dynamiter”

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
Demian Bechir, “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 CINEMATOGRAPHY
Joel Hodge, “Bellflower”
Benjamin Kasulke, “The Off Hours”
Darius Khondji, “Midnight in Paris”
Guillame Schiffma, “Pariah”
Jeffrey Waldron, “The Dynamiter”

BEST DOCUMENTARY
“An African Election”
“Bill Cunningham New York”
“The Interrupters”
“The Redemption of General Butt Naked”
“We Were Here”

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

PIAGET PRODUCERS AWARD
Chad Burris, “Mosquita y Mari”
Sophia Lin, “Take Shelter”
Josh Mond, “Martha Marcy May Marlene”

SOMEONE TO WATCH AWARD
Simon Arthur, “Silver Tongues”
Mark Jackson, “Without”
Nicholas Ozeki, “Mamitas”

TRUER THAN FICTION AWARD
Heather Courtney, “Where Soldiers Come From”
Danfung Dennis, “Hell and Back Again”
Alma Har’El, “Bombay Beach”

What do you think of the 2012 Spirit Award nominees? Tell us in the comments below or write to us on Facebook and Twitter.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at IFC.com

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…