'Silver Linings,' 'Moonrise Kingdom' lead Spirit Award nominations

Two offbeat comedies dominated the 28th annual Film Independent Spirit Award nominations Tuesday morning.

David O. Russell's quirky "Silver Linings Playbook," starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, and Wes Anderson's charming coming-of-age comedy "Moonrise Kingdom," each earned five Spirit Award nominations, including best feature, director and screenplay.

It was the second nod of support this week for "Moonrise Kingdom," which was named best film Monday evening at the Gotham Independent Film Awards in New York.

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Rounding out the best feature nominees are "Keep the Lights On," "Beasts of the Southern Wild" and "Bernie."

Joining Russell and Anderson in the director category are Julia Lotev for "The Loneliest Planet," Ira Sachs for "Keep the Lights On" and Benh Zeitlin for "Beasts of the Southern Wild."

"Keep the Lights On," which has played the festival circuit, "Beasts of the Southern Wild" and "Middle of Nowhere" garnered four nominations each.

In the female lead category, nominations went to Linda Cardellini, who launched her own awards campaign for "Return," Emayatzy Corinealdi for "Middle of Nowhere," Lawrence for "Silver Linings Playbook," Quvenzhané Wallis for "Beasts" and Mary Elizabeth Winstead for "Smashed."

Vying for best male lead are Jack Black for "Bernie," Cooper for "Silver Linings Playbook," John Hawkes for "The Sessions," Thure Lindhardt for "Keep the Lights On," Matthew McConaughey for "Killer Joe" and Wendell Pierce for "Four."

McConaughey also earned a supporting male nod for "Magic Mike." Rounding out the supporting male category are David Oyelowo for "Middle of Nowhere," Michael Peña for "End of Watch," Sam Rockwell for "Seven Psychopaths" and Bruce Wilis for "Moonrise Kingdom."

Supporting female nominations went to Rosemarie Dewitt for "Your Sister's Sister," Ann Dowd for "Compliance," Helen Hunt for "The Sessions," Brit Marling for "Sound of My Voice" and Lorraine Toussaint for "Middle of Nowhere."

The Robert Altman Award, which is given to one film's director, casting director and its ensemble cast,  went to Sean Baker's "Starlet."

The Spirit Awards will be handed out Feb. 23 at a daytime ceremony in a tent on the beach in Santa Monica.


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