Nominees for 2014 Independent Spirit Awards have been revealed. True-story period drama "12 Years a slave" dominates the pack with seven nods, followed by "Nebraska" with six, "All Is Lost" with four four, and "Inside Llewyn Davis", "Short Term 12", "Fruitvale Station" and "Blue Jasmine" with three each.
"12 Years a Slave" is vying for the top Best Feature honor. It also helps Steve McQueen get nominated for Best Director, John Ridley for Best Screenplay, Sean Bobbit for Best Cinematography, and Chiwetel Ejiofor, Lupita Nyong'o and Michael Fassbender for Best Male Lead, Best Supporting Female and Best Supporting Male respectively.
"Nebraska" is up for Best Feature as well, facing off the big screen adaptation of Solomon Northup's autobiography along with "All Is Lost", "Inside Llewyn Davis" and "Frances Ha". The other nods are for director Alexander Payne, male lead Bruce Dern, supporting female June Squibb, and supporting male Will Forte.
Bob Nelson's screenwriting debut on Payne's dramedy puts him in contention for Best First Screenplay. Nelson is pitted against Lake Bell ("In a World..."), Joseph Gordon-Levitt ("Don Jon"), Jill Soloway ("Afternoon Delight"), and Michael Starrbury ("The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete").
Best Female Lead sees stiff competition among Cate Blanchett ("Blue Jasmine"), Julie Delpy ("Before Midnight"), Gaby Hoffmann ("Crystal Fairy"), Brie Larson ("Short Term 12"), and Shailene Woodley ("The Spectacular Now").
Meanwhile, Oscar Isaac ("Inside Llewyn Davis"), Michael B. Jordan ("Fruitvale Station"), Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club" ), and Robert Redford ("All Is Lost") complete the Best Male Lead list.
The nominees were announced by Octavia Spencer and Paula Patton at The W Hollywood. The winners will be revealed on March 1, 2014, the day before Academy Awards, in Santa Monica with Patton Oswalt as a host.