Independent Spirit Award Nominations: Here Are the Movies We Recommend Seeing Immediately

Independent Spirit Award Nominations: Here Are the Movies We Recommend Seeing Immediately

Nov 26, 2013

It's that time of the year again -- time for all sorts of movies, actors, actresses, directors, editors, cinematographers and the like to be nominated for awards. You have the big, flashy awards like the Golden Globes and the Oscars, and then there's everything in between. From the smaller Gotham Awards and Indie Spirit Awards to all the various critics groups who hand out their own awards -- by the time we hit early March, you're going to be so sick of hearing the word "awards" you'll need to find some kind of detox, which in Hollywood they call the summer blockbuster season. 

But unless you're personally invested in these awards shows, you may not think there's a whole lot to get out of them... except there totally is! There are movies. Lots of movies. Stuff that only arrived in limited release, or got lost in a sea of VOD options. Movies you've probably never even heard of. If you take away one thing from this awards season, make it be a list of movies you'll need to catch up on during the long, cold winter. And seeing as the Independent Spirit Awards dished out its nominations today, we'll help you get that list started with our highest recommendations from the lesser known nominated movies, most of which are dominated by some of this year's best female performances.

Note: Some of these films aren't available to watch at home just yet, but we've provided links to GoWatchIt where you can sign up for alerts to let you know when they do become available.

Frances Ha

Nominated: Best Feature, Best Editing

Read: Why 'Frances Ha' Is This Year's Most Quotable Movie

Here's where to watch it right now.


Short Term 12

Nominated: Best Female Lead (Brie Larson), Best Supporting Male (Keith Stanfield), Best Editing

Read: We Need to Talk About Brie Larson 

Read: Brie Larson on 'Short Term 12' and Her Breakout Performance in One of Summer's Best Movies

Here's where to watch it right now.


Fruitvale Station

Nominated: Best Male Lead (Michael B. Jordan), Best Supporting Female (Melonie Diaz), Best First Feature

Read: The Biggest Tearjerkers at Sundance

Here's where to watch it right now.


In a World

Nominated: Best First Screenplay (Lake Bell)

Here's where to watch it right now.



See the full list of nominations below, courtesy of HitFix.

Best Feature
"All Is Lost"
"Frances Ha"
"Inside Llewyn Davis"
"12 Years a Slave"

Best Director
J.C. Chandor, "All Is Lost"
Jeff Nichols, "Mud"
Alexander Payne, "Nebraska"
Steve McQueen, "12 Years a Slave"
Shane Carruth, "Upstream Color"

Best First Feature
"Blue Caprice"
"Fruitvale Station"
"Una Noche"

Best Screenplay
"Before Midnight"
"Blue Jasmine"
"Enough Said"
"The Spectacular Now"
"12 Years a Slave"

Best First Screenplay
"Afternoon Delight"
"Don Jon"
"In a World"
"The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete"

Best Female Lead
Cate Blanchett, "Blue Jasmine"
Julie Delpy, "Before Midnight"
Gaby Hoffman, "Crystal Fairy"
Brie Larson, "Short Term 12"
Shailene Woodley, "The Spectacular Now"

Best Male Lead
Bruce Dern, "Nebraska"
Oscar Isaac, "Inside Llewyn Davis"
Michael B. Jordan, "Fruitvale Station"
Matthew McConaughey, "Dallas Buyers Club"
Robert Redford, "All Is Lost"
Chiwetel Ejiofor, "12 Years a Slave"

Best Supporting Female
Melonie Diaz, "Fruitvale Station"
Sally Hawkins, "Blue Jasmine"
Lupita Nyong'o, "12 Years a Slave"
Yolonda 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 Stanfield, "Short Term 12"

Best Cinematography
"All Is Lost"
"Computer Chess"
"Inside Llewyn Davis"
"Spring Breakers"
"12 Years a Slave"

Best Editing
"Frances Ha"
"Museum Hours"
"Short Term 12"
"Una Noche"
"Upstream Color"

Best Documentary
"The Act of Killing"
"After Tiller"
"Gideon's Army"
"The Square"
"20 Feet from Stardom"

Best International Film
"Blue Is the Warmest Color"
"The Great Beauty"
"The Hunt"
"A Touch of Sin"

Robert Altman Award

John Cassavetes Award
"Computer Chess"
"Crystal Fairy"
"Museum Hours"
"Pit Stop"
"This is Martin Bonner"

Piaget Producers Award
Toby Halbrooks & James M. Johnston
Jacob Jaffke
Andrea Roa
Frederick Thornton

Someone to Watch Award
Aaron Douglas Johnston, "My Sisters Quinceañera"
Shaka King, "Newlyweeds"
Madeline Olnek, "The Foxy Merkins"

Truer Than Fiction Award
Kalyanee Mam, "A River Changes Course"
Jason Osder, "Let the Fire Burn"
Stephanie Spray & Pacho Valez, "Manakamana"


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