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“Silver Linings Playbook” and “Moonrise Kingdom” lead Spirit Awards nominations

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The nominees for the 2013 Independent Spirit Awards have arrived, and two of our favorite movies from the year are at the forefront. David O’Russell’s “Silver Linings Playbook” and Wes Anderson’s “Moonrise Kingdom” each grabbed five nominations including Best Feature, Best Director and Best Screenplay.

Also a major contender this year is “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” which got nods for Best Feature, Best Female Lead and Best Cinematography. Considering what a great year it’s been for independent film, your guess is as good as ours as to who will take home the awards when the Spirit Awards take place on February 23, 2013.

Here is the full list of nominees in its entirety:

Best Feature

-“Beasts of the Southern Wild”
-“Bernie”
-“Keep the Lights On”
-“Moonrise Kingdom”
-“Silver Linings Playbook”

Best Director

-Wes Anderson – “Moonrise Kingdom”
-Julia Loktev – “The Loneliest Planet”
-David O. Russell – “Silver Linings Playbook”
-Ira Sachs – “Keep the Lights On”

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”

Best First Feature

-“Fill the Void”
-“Gimme the Loot”
-“Safety Not Guaranteed”
-“Sound of My Voice”
-“The Perks of Being a Wallflower”

Best First Screenplay

-Rama Burshtein – “Fill the Void”
-Derek Connolly – “Safety Not Guaranteed”
-Christopher Ford – “Robot & Frank”
-Rashida Jones & Will McCormack – “Celeste and Jesse Forever”
-Jonathan Lisecki – “Gayby”

John Cassavetes Award for films made under $500,000

-“Breakfast with Curtis”
-“Middle of Nowhere”
-“Mosquita y Mari”
-“Starlet”
-“The Color Wheel”

Best Female Lead

-Linda Cardellini – “Return”
-Emayatzy Carinealdi – “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 Cinematography

-Yoni Brook – “Valley of Saints”
-Lol Crawley – “Here”
-Ben Richardson – “Beasts of the Southern Wild”
-Roman Vasyanov – “End of Watch”
-Robert Yeoman – “Moonrise Kingdom”

Best Documentary

-“How to Survive a Plague”
-“Mariana Abramovic: The Artist Is Present”
-“The Central Park Five”
-“The Invisible War”
-“The Waiting Room”

Best International Film

-“Amour” – France
-“Once Upon a Time in Anatolia” – Turkey
-“Rust and Bone” – France/Belgium
-“Sister” – Switzerland
-“War Witch” – Democratic Republic of Congo

Robert Altman Award for Ensemble

-“Starlet”

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Portlandia On People Who Can’t Park

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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If flagrant bad parking takes nerve, then retaliatory note writing takes neuroses. Watch Fred and Carrie take passive aggression to next level in Car Notes, the new Portlandia web series presented by Subaru. The first episode is yours right here and now, and you can see every installment of Car Notes anytime online, on the IFC app and on demand.

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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Nick Kroll and John Mulaney To Host Spirit Awards

The Spirit Awards Air February 25 LIVE on IFC.

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The 2017 Spirit Awards have finally found their frontmen: Nick Kroll and John Mulaney. And it’s no wonder. Just marvel in their splendid chemistry back when they appeared on Comedy Bang! Bang!:

The pair are prolific within the performing arts community: television (Kroll in The League and The Kroll Show, Mulaney as a writer of IFC’s own Documentary Now!), theater (including Broadway’s current Oh Hello Show), and stand-up comedy. In fact, it’s entirely possible that emceeing an awards show is one of the few remaining line items on their professional bucket lists.

It’s important to caveat this announcement, however. Unlike the bigger and more ubiquitously known awards shows, the Spirit Awards are not, well…boring. (We’re talking to you, Oscar.)

They’re funny. They’re honest. They have quality to match the red-carpet fanfare. And that’s alarmingly special. Last year’s show included some legitimately historic moments, like when transgender actress Mya Taylor won best supporting female, or Kate McKinnon’s hilarious and timely parody of Carol. See more highlights here to get the flavor of the Spirit Awards and read all about Film Independent to dig deeper.

The 2017 Spirit Awards air live February 25 at 5P ET exclusively on IFC.

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Xmas Miracles You’ll See At Joe’s Pub

Joe’s Pub Presents: A Holiday Special Premieres December 21 at 10P on IFC.

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It’s just so tempting to bah-humbug the holiday season. And while there’s much we can’t wait to put behind us, one thing left to look forward to with pure and wide-eyed joy is Joe’s Pub Presents: A Holiday Special, starring Tony Hale. It’s a celebration in the true spirit of those splendid TV specials from the ’70s and ’80s, complete with special guests, musical numbers, awkward segues and an (intentionally) wafer-thin narrative through line.

As if you need more convincing, here are a few juicy nuggets to get excited for…

Tony Hale plying the captive audience with hot chocolate (and it working).

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Bridget Everett dressed like an ornament…

and in a state of nearly constant wardrobe malfunction.
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Matteo Lane hitting a crazy high note in a Snuggie.

Not a Slanket. There’s a meaningful difference.

Lisa Loeb creeping on Kurt Vile.

#hairlikeapony #whynotme
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Judah Friedlander getting replaced by a robot…

and it pretty much going as expected.
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Bottom line: the miracles abound. Grinches, Scrooges, and Tiny Tims alike will find their Holiday joy. And it’ll be awkward–in the most wonderful kind of way.

Joe’s Pub Presents: A Holiday Special premieres Wednesday December 21 at 10p on IFC

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