The 2011 Independent Spirit Awards Nominees Announced

The Independent Spirit Award nominations, coming as they do well before the Oscars and the Golden Globes, provide a pretty definitive list of which movies have the most serious shot at filling their mantles with golden adulation trinkets.

Leading the way this year are the white-knuckle thrill ride "Drive," starring Ryan Gosling, the unsettling drama "Take Shelter" with Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain, and the ode to silent film "The Artist." 

The names that will potentially be in envelopes, please....


Demian Bichir - "A Better Life"

Jean Dujardin - "The Artist"

Michael Shannon - "Take Shelter"

Ryan Gosling - "Drive"

Woody Harrelson - "Rampart"


Elizabeth Olsen - "Martha Marcy May Marlene"

Michelle Williams - "My Week With Marilyn"

Lauren Ambrose - "Think of Me"

Rachael Harris - "Natural Selection"

Adepero Oduye - "Pariah"


Albert Brooks - "Drive"

Christopher Plummer - "Beginners"

Corey Stoll - "Midnight in Paris"

John C. Reilly - "Cedar Rapids"

John Hawkes - "Martha Marcy May Marlene"


Shailene Woodley - "The Descendants"

Jessica Chastain - "Take Shelter"

Janet McTeer - "Albert Nobbs"

Harmony Santana - "Gun Hill Road"

Anjelica Huston - "50/50"


Michel Hazanavicius - "The Artist"

Nicolas Winding Refn - "Drive"

Alexander Payne - "The Descendants"

Mike Mills - "Beginners"

Jeff Nichols - "Take Shelter"


"In the Family" - dr. Patrick Wang

"Natural Selection" - dr. Robbie Pickering

"Martha Marcy May Marlene" - dr. Sean Durkin

"Margin Call" - dr. J.C. Chandor

"Another Earth" - dr. Mike Cahill


"The Descendants"

"The Artist"

"Take Shelter"




For a full list of nominees, check out the official Independent Spirit Awards site. The awards will be handed out February 26, 2012.

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