The 2011 Film Independent Spirit Award nominations were announced on November 30, 2010, at London, West Hollywood Hotel, by Eva Mendes and Jeremy Renner. The winners to be unveiled on February 26, 2011
Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival also noted that the 26th edition of the Spirit Awards will be held at the beach in Santa Monica on Saturday, February 26 at 2:00 p.m. The ceremony will air the same day exclusively on IFC at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.
Mendes truly captured moviegoers’ attention in a small, but pivotal role opposite Denzel Washington in Antoine Fuqua’s critically acclaimed Training Day, and has since proved adept in both comedic and dramatic roles. She has worked with an esteemed and diverse group of directors and co-stars, earning the reputation as a serious actress committed to her craft.
Previous projects include Robert Rodriguez’s Once Upon A Time in Mexico, Andy Tennant’s blockbuster comedy Hitch, and the hit action-adventure Ghost Rider. Recently, Mendes starred in the critically acclaimed independent drama We Own the Night, written and directed by James Gray, the independent feature LIVE!, which marked her executive producing debut, Werner Herzog’s Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, and Adam McKay’s The Other Guys.
In October 2010, Eva made her directorial debut with her short film California Romanza, as part of Glamour Reel Moments’ program that gives women in Hollywood the opportunity to direct a short based on their reader’s real life stories. She will next be seen in Last Night opposite Keira Knightley and Sam Worthington.
Academy Award® nominated Renner, who can currently be seen in the critically acclaimed The Town, was first put on the map with his Spirit Award nominated role as Jeffrey Dahmer in the 2002 indie hit Dahmer. He was next seen in the 2003 summer hit S.W.A.T., the adaption of J.T. Leroy’s critically acclaimed novel The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things, and Catherine Hardwicke’s Lords of Dogtown.
Renner then starred in North Country opposite Academy Award® winner Charlize Theron, A Little Trip to Heaven alongside Julia Stiles, and Loves Comes to the Executioner. 2007 marked three feature film roles with The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford alongside Brad Pitt and Casey Affleck, 28 Weeks Later, the highly anticipated sequel to 28 Days Later, and Take opposite Minnie Driver.
From 2008-2010, Renner garnered multiple accolades for his role as Sgt. James in Kathryn Bigelow’s award-winning The Hurt Locker. He received a Best Actor nomination for the 2008 Spirit Awards, nominations for the Gotham Awards, wins at the Hollywood Film Festival and the Savannah Film Festival, and an Academy Award® nomination. Renner will next star in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol and The Avengers.
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ABOUT THE FILM INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARDS
The Film Independent Spirit Awards is a celebration honoring films made by filmmakers who embody independence and originality. Televised in millions of homes and covered internationally by the press, the Spirit Awards has become the vanguard event in independent film, recognizing the achievements of independent filmmakers and promoting independent film to a wider audience.
Awards are given in the following categories: Best Feature, Best First Feature, Best First Screenplay, Best Director, Best Screenplay, John Cassavetes Award (given to the best feature made for a budget under $500,000), Best Male Lead, Best Female Lead, Best Supporting Male, Best Supporting Female, Best Cinematography, Best Foreign Film, Best Documentary, and the Robert Altman Award. The Filmmaker Grants include Someone to Watch Award, Truer Than Fiction Award, and Producers Award.
This year’s ceremony is sponsored by Premier Sponsors IFC, Netflix, ELLE, Piaget and Jameson Irish Whiskey. WireImage is the Official Photographer of Film Independent and PR Newswire is the Official Breaking News Service of Film Independent.
For more information on submission guidelines, voting, photo and video galleries, and the history of the Spirit Awards, go to: SpiritAwards.com
ABOUT FILM INDEPENDENT
Film Independent is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit arts organization that champions independent film and supports a community of artists who embody diversity, innovation, and uniqueness of vision. Film Independent helps filmmakers make their movies, builds an audience for their projects, and works to diversify the film industry. Film Independent’s Board of Directors, filmmakers, staff, and constituents, are comprised of an inclusive community of individuals across ability, age, ethnicity, gender, race, and sexual orientation. Anyone passionate about film can become a member, whether you are a filmmaker, industry leader, or a film lover.
With over 250 annual screenings and events, Film Independent provides access to a network of like-minded artists who are driving creativity in the film industry. Film Independent offers free Filmmaker Labs for selected writers, directors, and producers; provides cut-rate services for filmmakers; and presents year-round networking opportunities. Film Independent’s mentorship and job placement program, Project:Involve, pairs emerging culturally diverse filmmakers with film industry professionals.
Film Independent produces the Los Angeles Film Festival, celebrating the best of American and international cinema and the Spirit Awards, a celebration honoring films and filmmakers that embody independence and originality.
For more information or to become a member, visit: FilmIndependent.org
(Award given to the producer) * Executive Producers are not listed.
PRODUCERS: Danny Boyle, Christian Colson, John Smithson
PRODUCERS: Scott Franklin, Mike Medavoy, Arnold W. Messer, Brian Oliver
PRODUCERS: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Scott Rudin
THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT
PRODUCERS: Gary Gilbert, Philippe Hellmann, Jordan Horowitz, Jeffrey Levy-Hinte, Celine Rattray, Daniela Taplin Lundberg
PRODUCERS: Alix Madigan-Yorkin, Anne Rosellini
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
BEST FIRST FEATURE
(Award given to the director and producer)
EVERYTHING STRANGE AND NEW
DIRECTOR: Frazer Bradshaw PRODUCERS: A.D. Liano, Laura Techera Francia
DIRECTOR: Aaron Schneider PRODUCERS: David Gundlach, Dean Zanuck
NIGHT CATCHES US
DIRECTOR: Tanya Hamilton PRODUCERS: Sean Costello, Jason Orans, Ronald Simons
THE LAST EXORCISM
DIRECTOR: Daniel Stamm PRODUCERS: Marc Abraham, Tom Bliss, Eric Newman, Eli Roth
DIRECTOR: Lena Dunham PRODUCERS: Kyle Martin, Alicia Van Couvering
BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY
DIANE BELL - Obselidia LENA DUNHAM - Tiny Furniture NIK FACKLER - Lovely, Still BOB GLAUDINI - Jack Goes Boating DANA ADAM SHAPIRO & EVAN M. WIENER - Monogamy
JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD
(Given to the best feature made for under $500,000; award given to the writer, director, and producer) * Executive Producers are not listed. DADDY LONGLEGS
WRITERS/DIRECTORS: Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie PRODUCERS: Casey Neistat, Tom Scott
DIRECTOR: Matthew Bonifacio WRITERS/PRODUCERS: Matthew Bonifacio, Carmine Famiglietti
LOVERS OF HATE
WRITER/DIRECTOR: Bryan Poyser PRODUCER: Megan Gilbride
WRITER/DIRECTOR: Diane Bell PRODUCERS: Chris Byrne, Matthew Medlin
THE EXPLODING GIRL
WRITER/DIRECTOR: Bradley Rust Gray PRODUCERS: Karin Chien, Ben Howe, So Yong Kim
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 MALE LEAD
RONALD BRONSTEIN - Daddy Longlegs AARON ECKHART - Rabbit Hole JAMES FRANCO - 127 Hours JOHN C. REILLY - Cyrus
BEN STILLER - Greenberg 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 SUPPORTING MALE
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
(Award given to the director)
EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP
DIRECTOR: Jeff Malmberg
DIRECTORS: Ilisa Barbash & Lucien Castaing-Taylor
DIRECTORS: Tim Hetherington & Sebastian Junger
DIRECTOR: Mark Landsman
BEST FOREIGN FILM
(Award given to the director)
DIRECTOR: Lance Daly
MADEMOISELLE CHAMBON (France)
DIRECTOR: Stéphane Brizé
OF GODS AND MEN (France)
DIRECTOR: Xavier Beauvois
THE KING’S SPEECH (United Kingdom)
DIRECTOR: Tom Hooper
UNCLE BOONMEE WHO CAN RECALL HIS PAST LIVES (Thailand)
DIRECTOR: Apichatpong Weerasethakul
ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD
(Given to one film’s director, casting director, and its ensemble cast) PLEASE GIVE DIRECTOR: Nicole Holofcener
CASTING DIRECTOR: Jeanne McCarthy ENSEMBLE CAST: Ann Guilbert, Rebecca Hall, Catherine Keener, Amanda Peet, Oliver Platt, Lois Smith, Sarah Steele