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My 2014 Film Independent Spirit Award Selections

Late in 2013 I became a member of Film Independent. One of the great privileges of that membership is the opportunity to vote in the Independent Spirit Awards. This is my chance to support and celebrate the industry I so enjoy, and to be an active participant in a way that writing reviews could never allow me to. I’ve opted to publish my votes (now that voting is closed) because I’m of the opinion that voting for this sort of thing should be transparent. Besides, I’m vocal with my opinions on social media, so why wouldn’t I be equally so here?

Below are the categories and nominees.  My votes are as indicated, along with an image from the film.  Certain selections are linked to my reviews.

BEST FEATURE
12 Years A Slave
All Is Lost
Frances Ha
Inside Llewyn Davis
Nebraska

My vote: ALL IS LOST

Spirit Awards All Is Lost 1 LTBX

BEST DIRECTOR
Shane Carruth, Upstream Color
J.C. Chandor, All Is Lost
Steve McQueen, 12 Years A Slave
Jeff Nichols, Mud
Alexander Payne, Nebraska

My vote: J.C. Chandor, ALL IS LOST

Spirit Awards All Is Lost 2 LTBX

BEST FEMALE LEAD
Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
Julie Delpy, Before Midnight
Gaby Hoffmann, Crystal Fairy
Brie Larson, Short Term 12
Shailene Woodley, The Spectacular Now

My vote: Cate Blanchett, BLUE JASMINE

Spirit Awards Blue Jasmine LTBX

BEST MALE LEAD
Bruce Dern, Nebraska
Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years A Slave
Oscar Isaac, Inside Llewyn Davis
Michael B Jordan, Fruitvale Station
Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club
Robert Redford, All Is Lost

My vote: Robert Redford, ALL IS LOST

Spirit Awards All Is Lost 3 LTBX

BEST SCREENPLAY
Woody Allen, Blue Jasmine
Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke & Richard Linklater, Before Midnight
Nicole Holofcener, Enough Said
Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber, The Spectacular Now
John Ridley, 12 Years A Slave

My vote: Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke & Richard Linklater, BEFORE MIDNIGHT

Spirit Awards Before Midnight LTBX

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

My vote: Lupita Nyong’o, 12 YEARS A SLAVE

Spirit Awards 12 Years a Slave 2 LTBX

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

My vote: Jared Leto, DALLAS BUYERS CLUB

Spirit Awards Dallas Buyers Club LTBX

BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY
Lake Bell, In A World
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Don Jon
Bob Nelson, Nebraska
Jill Soloway, Afternoon Delight
Mike Starrbury, The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete

My vote: Bob Nelson, NEBRASKA

Spirit Awards Nebraska LTBX

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Sean Bobbitt, 12 Years A Slave
Benoit Debie, Spring Breakers
Bruno Delbonnel, Inside Llewyn Davis
Frank G. Demarco, All Is Lost
Matthias Grunsky, Computer Chess

My vote: Benoit Debie, SPRING BREAKERS

Spirit Awards Spring Breakers LTBX

BEST EDITING
Shane Carruth & David Lowery, Upstream Color
Jem Cohen & Marc Vives, Museum Hours
Frank G. Demarco, All Is Lost
Matthias Grunsky, Computer Chess
Nat Sanders, Short Term 12

My vote: Shane Carruth & David Lowery, UPSTREAM COLOR

Spirit Awards Upstream Color LTBX

BEST DOCUMENTARY 
20 Feet From Stardom, Director/Producer: Morgan Neville, Producers: Gil Friesen & Caitrin Rogers
After Tiller, Directors/Producers: Martha Shane & Lana Wilson
Gideon’s Army, Director/Producer: Dawn Porter, Producer: Julie Goldman
The Act of Killing, Director/Producer: Joshua Oppenheimer, Producers: Joram Ten Brink, Christine Cynn, Anne Köhncke, Signe Byrge Sørensen, Michael Uwemedimo
The Square, Director: Jehane Noujaim, Producer: Karim Amer

My vote: 20 FEET FROM STARDOM, Director/Producer: Morgan Neville, Producers: Gil Friesen & Caitrin Rogers

Spirit Awards Twenty Feet From Stardom LTBX

BEST INT’L FILM
A Touch of Sin (China)
Blue is the Warmest Color (France)
Gloria (Chile)
The Great Beauty (Italy)
The Hunt (Denmark)

My vote: BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR (France)

Spirit Awards Blue Is the Warmest Color LTBX

BEST FIRST FEATURE
Blue Caprice, Director/Producer: Alexandre Moors; Producers: Kim Jackson, Brian O’Carroll, Isen Robbins, Will Rowbotham, Ron Simons, Aimee Schoof, Stephen Tedeschi;
Concussion, Director: Stacie Passon, Producer: Rose Troche
Fruitvale Station, Director: Ryan Coogler; Producers: Nina Yang Bongiovi, Forest Whitaker
Una Noche, Director/Producer: Lucy Mulloy, Producers: Sandy Pérez Aguila, Maite Artieda, Daniel Mulloy, Yunior Santiago
Wadjda, Director: Haifaa Al Mansour, Producers: Gerhard Meixner, Roman Paul

My vote: WADJDA, Director: Haifaa Al Mansour, Producers: Gerhard Meixner, Roman Paul

Spirit Awards Wadjda LTBX

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