Artist & Shelter lead Spirit nods
The silent movie The Artist and the doomsday drama Take Shelter lead the Spirit Awards honouring independent films with five nominations each, including best picture.
Also in the running for best picture at the US awards are the cancer tale 50/50, the action thriller Drive, and the family dramas Beginners and The Descendants.
Jean Dujardin of The Artist, Michael Shannon of Take Shelter and Ryan Gosling of Drive were among the lead-actor nominees announced. The others are Demian Bichir for A Better Life and Woody Harrelson for Rampart.
Up for lead actress are Lauren Ambrose for Think of Me, Rachel Harris for Natural Selection, Pariah star Adepero Oduye, Elizabeth Olsen for Martha Marcy May Marlene and Michelle Williams for her performance in My Week with Marilyn.
Winners will be announced on February 25, the day before the Academy Awards.