“The Kids Are All Right,” “Black Swan” nominated for Indie Spirit Awards


This morning, Eva Mendes and Jeremy Renner announced the 2010 nominees for the Independent Spirit Awards. Every year, these awards celebrate independent filmmakers and air a few weeks before the Oscars.

This year’s nominees are very female-friendly, with the Debra Granik-directed (and female-led) Winter’s Bone up for seven different awards. (The film also won two in two categories at last night’s Gotham Independent Film Awards.)

The Kids Are All Right has five Indie Spirit nominations and Black Swan follows closely behind with four.

Here are some of the categories and nominees:


127 Hours

Black Swan


The Kids Are All Right

Winter’s Bone


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



Stuart Blumberg, Lisa Cholodenko, 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



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



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



John Hawkes,, Winter’s Bone

Samuel L. Jackson, Mother and Child

Bill Murray, Get Low

John Ortiz, Jack Goes Boating

Mark Ruffalo, The Kids Are All Right


Adam Kimmel, Never Let Me Go

Matthew Libatique, Black Swan

Jody Lee Lipes,, Tiny Furniture

Michael McDonough, Winter’s Bone

Harris Savides, Greenberg

Please Give and its director, Nicole Holofcener, and cast (including Ann Guilbert, Rebecca Hall, Catherine Keener, Amanda Peet, Sarah Steele) will also receive the Robert Altman Award.

I’m bummed that Mila Kunis and Julianne Moore aren’t up for Best Supporting Female, but am glad to see so many women in categories outside of those designated for women only. Some other misses: Noomi Rapace or any of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo films, as well as I Am Love. I can’t believe neither even made it into Best Foregn Film.

IFC will broadcast the Indie Spirit Awards on Feb. 26, so make sure to tune in and see which women win.

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