It's time to see which film can build up momentum heading into awards season. This morning, the Spirit Award nominees were announced and all the expected, buzzed-about indie films are in the mix.
On the flip side, films that were eligible for Spirit Award nominations, but were shut out include August: Osage County, The Way Way Back, The Place Beyond the Pines and Blue Caprice.
Check out the marquee nominee categories below and view the full list of nominees here.
The Independent Spirit Awards will be handed out on March 1, the day before the Oscars. Patton Oswalt hosts the event.
12 Years a Slave, All Is Lost, Frances Ha, Inside Llewyn Davis and Nebraska
Jeff Nichols – Mud
Shane Carruth – Upstream Color
J.C. Chandor – All Is Lost
Steve McQueen – 12 Years a Slave
Alexander Payne – Nebraska
Woody Allen – Blue Jasmine
Scott Neustadter, Michael H. Weber – The Spectacular Now
Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke, Richard Linklater – Before Midnight
Nicole Holofcener - Enough Said
John Ridley – 12 Years a Slave
Best Female Lead:
Shailene Woodley – The Spectacular Now
Cate Blanchett – Blue Jasmine
Julie Delpy – Before Midngiht
Gaby Hoffman – Crystal Fairy
Brie Larson – Short Term 12
Best Male Lead:
Robert Redford – All Is Lost
Bruce Dern – Nebraska
Chiwetel Ejiofor – 12 Years a Slave
Oscar Isaac – Inside Llewyn Davis
Michael B. Jordan – Fruitvale Station
Matthew McConaughey – Dallas Buyers Club
Best Supporting Female:
Lupita Nyong'o – 12 Years a Slave
Melonie Diaz – Fruitvale Station
Sally Hawkins – Blue Jasmine
Yolnada Ross – Go For Sisters
June Squibb – Nebraska
Best Supporting Male:
Michael Fassbender – 12 Years a Slave
Will Forte – Nebraska
James Gandolfini – Enough Said
Jared Leto – Dallas Buyers Club
Keith Standfield – Short Term 12
Which nominees and films are you pulling for? Who do you think should have been nominated?