Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, announced nominations this morning for the 2011 Film Independent Spirit Awards; and we’re pleased to report that the nominees include such genre-friendly names as Darren Aronofsky, Danny Boyle, Daniel Stamm, Eli Roth, Natalie Portman, and Ashley Bell.
Selected from 220 submissions, this year’s winners will be announced at the Film Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday, February 26, 2011, at 2:00 p.m. on the beach in Santa Monica. The 26th annual awards show will be hosted by Joel McHale (“Community”, “The Soup”) and will air exclusively that night on IFC at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.
“The artistic side of independent film is stronger than ever, and it’s especially impressive to see the developed craft of extraordinary independent filmmakers who have only gotten better over the years. Past nominees such as Darren Aronofsky, Noah Baumbach, Danny Boyle, Lisa Cholodenko, Debra Granik, Nicole Holofcener, and John Cameron Mitchell continue to create original and compelling films that move and amaze us,” said Film Independent Executive Director Dawn Hudson.
BEST FEATURE (Award given to the Producer, Executive Producers are not listed):
127 Hours – Producers: Danny Boyle, Christian Colson, John Smithson
Black Swan – Producers: Scott Franklin, Mike Medavoy, Arnold W. Messer, Brian Oliver
Darren Aronofsky – Black Swan
Danny Boyle – 127 Hours
BEST FIRST FEATURE (Award given to the director and producer):
The Last Exorcism – Director: Daniel Stamm , Producers: Marc Abraham, Tom Bliss, Eric Newman, Eli Roth
BEST FEMALE LEAD:
Natalie Portman – Black Swan
BEST MALE LEAD:
James Franco – 127 Hours
BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE:
Ashley Bell – The Last Exorcism
Matthew Libatique – Black Swan
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