The Spirit Award Nominees Announced

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The nominees for Film Independent’s 2012 Spirit Awards (aka SEEN Queen Kari Mozena’s favorite award-season to-do—the booze, the beach, the parts that have to be bleeped) have been announced. Here’s who might take home an award a day before the Oscars

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 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 SCREENPLAY

Joseph Cedar, “Footnote”
Michel Hazanavicius, “The Artist”
Tom McCarthy, “Win Win”
Mike Mills, “Beginners”
Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash, “The Descendants”

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”

See the full list of nominees.