Beasts of the Southern Wild, BernieMiddle of Nowhere, and Moonrise Kingdom Receive Two Nominations Each

Best Feature
The Loneliest Planet
The Master
Middle of Nowhere
Moonrise Kingdom

Best Documentary

Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady, directors; Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady, Craig Atkinson, producers (Loki Films)

How to Survive a Plague
David France, director; Howard Gertler, David France, producers (Sundance Selects)

Marina Abramović: The Artist is Present
Matthew Akers, director; Jeff Dupre, Maro Chermayeff, producers (HBO Documentary Films and Music Box Films)

Room 237
Rodney Ascher, director; Tim Kirk, producer (IFC Midnight)

The Waiting Room
Peter Nicks, director; Peter Nicks, Linda Davis, William B. Hirsch, producers (International Film Circuit)

Best Ensemble Performance

Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine, Matthew McConaughey (Millennium Entertainment)

Moonrise Kingdom
Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward, Jason Schwartzman, Bob Balaban (Focus Features)

Safety Not Guaranteed
Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass, Jake Johnson, Karan Soni, Jenica Bergere, Kristen Bell, Jeff Garlin, Mary Lynn Rajskub (Film District)

Silver Linings Playbook
Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver, Chris Tucker, Anupam Kher (The Weinstein Company)

Your Sister’s Sister
Emily Blunt, Rosemarie Dewitt, Mark Duplass (IFC Films)

Breakthrough Director

Zal Batmanglij for Sound of My Voice (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Brian M. Cassidy and Melanie Shatzky for Francine (Factory 25 and The Film Sales Company)
Jason Cortlund and Julia Halperin for Now, Forager (Argot Pictures)
Antonio Méndez Esparza for Aquí y Allá (Here and There) (Torch Films)
Benh Zeitlin for Beasts of the Southern Wild (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Breakthrough Actor

Mike Birbiglia in Sleepwalk with Me (IFC Films)
Emayatzy Corinealdi in Middle of Nowhere (AFFRM and Participant Media)
Thure Lindhardt in Keep the Lights On (Music Box Films)
Melanie Lynskey in Hello, I Must Be Going (Oscilloscope Laboratories)
Quvenzhané Wallis in Beasts of the Southern Wild (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You

David Zellner, director; Nathan Zellner, Producer

An Oversimplification of Her Beauty
Terence Nance, director; Terence Nance, Andrew Corkin, James Bartlett, producers

Red Flag
Alex Karpovsky, director; Alex Karpovsky, Michael Bowes, producers

Sun Don’t Shine
Amy Seimetz, director; Kim Sherman, Amy Seimetz, producers

Tiger Tail in Blue
Frank V. Ross, director; Adam Donaghey, Drew Durepos, producers

For the second consecutive year, IFP is proud present the euphoria Calvin Klein Spotlight on Women Filmmakers ‘Live the Dream’ grant, a $25,000 cash award for an alumna of IFP’s Independent Filmmaker Labs. This grant aims to further the careers of emerging women directors by supporting the completion, distribution and audience engagement strategies of their first feature film.

The nominees are:
Leah Meyerhoff, director, I BELIEVE IN UNICORNS
Stacie Passon, director, CONCUSSION
Visra Vichit Vadakan, KARAOKE GIRL

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  • Melanie Lynskey is breakthrough? I suppose I just imagined the last eighteen years in which she’s worked with Peter Jackson, Clint Eastwood, Steven Soderbergh, Sam Mendes, Jason Reitman…

  • Kane

    Paddy, you took the words out of my mouth. Just like when Gosling got a “breakthrough” award from the NBR for Half Nelson…or the NBR giving Jeremy Renner that award for The Hurt Locker.

  • Five Easy Pieces

    “The Loneliest Planet” for Best Picture instead of “Beasts of the Southern Wild”? How utterly bizarre.

  • joeyhegele

    Now that is how you do a critics’ awards list! I am so sick of the other critics’ groups trying to influence the Oscars by doing the same damn nominations. The critics should be bringing attention to the films the Academy is most likely going to ignore.

  • Sasha Stone

    “The Loneliest Planet” for Best Picture instead of “Beasts of the Southern Wild”? How utterly bizarre.

    They seemed to really want to spread things around, not dominate with any one film. But yeah, should have been there. Benh Zeitlin got director, for instance, which is a big deal.

  • LOVE these nominees! And though I love Qu’venzhane & “Beasts” I have just heard what Pete Hammond’s been saying he’s heard for quite awhile that it is going to be an uphill battle with the Academy members. Esp. the Actor’s Branch, with Q.W.’s possible nom.

    They are looking at as a SAG thing. Professional older actresses, who are the members-in-force in the Actor’s Branch, would nominate, say Marion Cotillard over her.
    And also, Emmanuelle Riva isn’t going to get in because they are NOT being able to take “Amour.”

    People are walking out of Academy screenings of “Amour” They can’t take it and are not reccommeding it to their friends who are also voting members.

    Me? I LOVED it! And thought her performance was very, very brave. But it’s tough stuff. Though brilliantly executed there’s the factor that Jeff Wells mentioned when he saw it at Cannes. “I never want to sit through THAT again.” But, of course, he did.

    And Jeff Wells isn’t an Academy Member. But Pete Hammond DOES talk to Academy members, and so do I. And this is what I’m astonished to hear this morning.

    However, “Beasts” as a WHOLE they like. But the Actor’s Branch isn’t buying QW & Dwight Henry.

    Now, if they turn the SAG disqualification around….THEN…MAYbe…

    But across the Branches(not the Actors,BTW) “Beasts” is liked and could get a Best Picture nominations, but in no other categories.

  • Allie

    Rather surprised not to find the Master in the best ensemble category, considering the other nominees.

  • alan of montreal

    I think a distinction needs to be made between “breakthrough” and “breakthrough year”

  • Kevin Landry

    Congrats for Mark Duplass for his double presence in the Ensemble category. Saw “Safety not Guaranteed” last week and I was pleasantly surprised by it!

    But I have to admit that I’m still uncomfortable about how he and his brother used my name as the punchline for “Jeff Who Lives at Home”. Random, yes, but still probably one of the most mindblowing WTF moments of my life…

  • Casey

    Three cheers for Bernie!

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