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The 2011 Independent Spirit Awards Nominees Announced

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'11 Independent Spirit Noms

The Independent Spirit Award nominations, coming as they do well before the Oscars and the Golden Globes, provide a pretty definitive list of which movies have the most serious shot at filling their mantles with golden adulation trinkets.

Leading the way this year are the white-knuckle thrill ride "Drive," starring Ryan Gosling, the unsettling drama "Take Shelter" with Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain, and the ode to silent film "The Artist." 

The names that will potentially be in envelopes, please....

BEST MALE LEAD

Demian Bichir - "A Better Life"

Jean Dujardin - "The Artist"

Michael Shannon - "Take Shelter"

Ryan Gosling - "Drive"

Woody Harrelson - "Rampart"

 

BEST FEMALE LEAD

Elizabeth Olsen - "Martha Marcy May Marlene"

Michelle Williams - "My Week With Marilyn"

Lauren Ambrose - "Think of Me"

Rachael Harris - "Natural Selection"

Adepero Oduye - "Pariah"

 

BEST SUPPORTING MALE

Albert Brooks - "Drive"

Christopher Plummer - "Beginners"

Corey Stoll - "Midnight in Paris"

John C. Reilly - "Cedar Rapids"

John Hawkes - "Martha Marcy May Marlene"

 

BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE

Shailene Woodley - "The Descendants"

Jessica Chastain - "Take Shelter"

Janet McTeer - "Albert Nobbs"

Harmony Santana - "Gun Hill Road"

Anjelica Huston - "50/50"

 

BEST DIRECTOR

Michel Hazanavicius - "The Artist"

Nicolas Winding Refn - "Drive"

Alexander Payne - "The Descendants"

Mike Mills - "Beginners"

Jeff Nichols - "Take Shelter"

 

BEST FIRST FEATURE

"In the Family" - dr. Patrick Wang

"Natural Selection" - dr. Robbie Pickering

"Martha Marcy May Marlene" - dr. Sean Durkin

"Margin Call" - dr. J.C. Chandor

"Another Earth" - dr. Mike Cahill

 

BEST FEATURE

"The Descendants"

"The Artist"

"Take Shelter"

"Drive"

"Beginners"

"50/50"

 

For a full list of nominees, check out the official Independent Spirit Awards site. The awards will be handed out February 26, 2012.

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