2009 Independent Spirit Awards Nominees

The nominees for the 24th annual Independent Spirit Awards were announced yesterday. Rachel Getting Married, Ballast and Frozen River each received six nominations. Other nominees include Sean Penn (Milk), Woody Allen (Vicky Cristina Barcelona) and Rosie Perez (The Take)

Film Independent’s Spirit Awards is a “celebration honoring films made by filmmakers who embody independence and who dare to challenge the status quo.”Since 1985, the Independent Spirit Awards have become a significant part of the award season hype. Often, the film that wins Best Picture goes onto to be represented in some capacity at the Academy Awards.

The complete list of nominees is here.

Best Feature
Rachel Getting Married
The Wrestler
Wendy and Lucy
Ballast
Frozen River

Best Director
Tom McCarthy – The Visitor
Jonathan Demme – Rachel Getting Married
Courtney Hunt – Frozen River
Ramin Bahrani – Chop Shop
Lance Hammer – Ballast

Best First Feature
Afterschool – Antonio Campos, Sean Durkin, Josh Mond
Medicine for Melancholy – Barry Jenkins, Justin Barber
Synecdoche, New YorkCharlie Kaufman, Anthony Bregman, Spike Jonze, Sidney Kimmel
Sleep Dealer – Alex Rivera, Anthony Bregman
Sangre De Mi Sangre Christopher Zalla, Per Melita, Benjamin Odell

John Cassavetes Award
Prince of BroadwaySean Baker, Darren Deana
Take Out – Sean Baker, Shih-Ching Tsou
The SignalDavid Bruckner, Dan Bush, Jacob Gentry, Alexander Motlagh
Turn the RiverChris Eigeman, Ami Armstrong
In Search of a Midnight KissAlex Holdridge, Seth Caplan, Scoot McNairy

Best Screenplay
Woody Allen –Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck – Sugar
Charlie Kaufman – Synecdoche, New York
Howard A. Rodman – Savage Grace
Christopher Zalla – Sangre De Mi Sangre

Best First Screenplay

Dustin Lance Black – Milk
Lance Hammer – Ballast
Courtney Hunt – Frozen River
Jonathan Levine – The Wackness
Jenny Lumet – Rachel Getting Married
Summer Bishil – Towelhead
Anne Hathaway – Rachel Getting Married
Melissa Leo – Frozen River
Tarra Riggs – Ballast
Michelle Williams – Wendy and Lucy
Best Male Lead
Javier Bardem – Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Richard Jenkins – The Visitor
Sean Penn – Milk
Jeremy Renner – The Hurt Locker
Mickey Rourke – The Wrestler
Best Supporting Female
Penélope Cruz – Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Rosemarie DeWitt – Rachel Getting Married
Rosie Perez – The Take
Misty Upham – Frozen River
Debra Winger – Rachel Getting Married

Best Supporting Male
James Franco – Milk
Anthony Mackie – The Hurt Locker
Charlie McDermott – Frozen River
JimMyron Ross – Ballast
Haaz Sleiman – The Visitor

Best Foreign Film
The Class
Gomorra
Secret of the Grain
Hunger
Silent Light

Best Documentary
The Order of Myths
Up the Yangtze
Encounters at the End of the World
The Betrayal
Man on Wire

Best Cinematography
Maryse Alberti – The Wrestler
Lol Crawley – Ballast
James Laxton – Medicine for Melancholy
Harris Savides – Milk
Michael Simmonds – Chop Shop

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