Independent Spirit Award Nominees

Best Feature

Rachel Getting Married
Neda Armian, Jonathan Demme, Marc Platt

The Wrestler
Darren Aronofsky, Scott Franklin

Wendy and Lucy
Larry Fessenden, Neil Kopp, Anish Savjani

Ballast
Lance Hammer, Nina Parikh

Frozen River
Chip Hourihan, Heather Rae
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 York
Charlie 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 Broadway
Sean Baker, Darren Dean

Take Out
Sean Baker, Shih-Ching Tsou

The Signal
David Bruckner, Dan Bush, Jacob Gentry, Alexander Motlagh

Turn the River
Chris Eigeman, Ami Armstrong

In Search of a Midnight Kiss
Alex 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
Best Female Lead

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
Laurent Cantet

Gomorra
Matteo Garrone

Secret of the Grain
Abdellatif Kechiche

Hunger
Steve McQueen

Silent Light
Carlos Reygadas
Best Documentary

The Order of Myths
Margaret Brown

Up the Yangtze
Yung Chang

Encounters at the End of the World
Werner Herzog

The Betrayal
Ellen Kuras & Thavisouk Phrasavath

Man on Wire
James Marsh
Best Cinematography

Maryse Alberti
The Wrestler

Lol Crawley
Ballast

James Laxton
Medicine for Melancholy

Harris Savides
Milk

Michael Simmonds
Chop Shop
Robert Altman Award

Charlie Kaufman (Director), Jeanne McCarthy (Casting Director), Hope Davis, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Catherine Keener, Samantha Morton, Tom Noonan, Emily Watson, Dianne Wiest, Michelle Williams
Synecdoche, New York
Piaget Producers Award

Heather Rae
Frozen River

Jason Orans
Goodbye Solo, Year of the Fish

Lars Knudsen and Jay Van Hoy
Treeless Mountain, I’ll Come Running
Acura Someone to Watch Award

Lynn Shelton
My Effortless Brilliance

Nina Paley
Sita Sings the Blues

Barry Jenkins
Medicine for Melancholy
Lacoste Truer Than Fiction Award

Darius Marder
Loot

Sacha Gervasi
Anvil! The Story of Anvil

Margaret Brown
The Order of Myths

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