The oddball romances Moonrise Kingdom and Silver Linings Playbook have picked up five nominations each to lead the Spirit Awards honouring independent film.
Also competing for best picture are the father-daughter tale Beasts Of The Southern Wild, the black comedy Bernie and the gay drama Keep The Lights On.
Silver Linings Playbook, a comic drama centred on a man just released from a mental hospital and a troubled young widow, earned lead-acting nominations for Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. Moonrise Kingdom, a first-love story between a precocious boy and girl who run away together, received a supporting-actor nomination for Bruce Willis.
The films each have directing and screenplay slots for Moonrise Kingdom filmmaker Wes Anderson, who co-wrote the script with Roman Coppola, and Silver Linings Playbook filmmaker David O Russell. Moonrise Kingdom was also nominated for cinematography.
Matthew McConaughey received two nominations, for best actor in Killer Joe and supporting actor in Magic Mike. Past Academy Award winner Helen Hunt has a supporting-actress nomination for The Sessions. Child star Quvenzhane Wallis, who had never acted before, has a best-actress nomination for Beasts Of The Southern Wild.
Among other acting nominees are Jack Black (best actor for Bernie), John Hawkes (best actor for The Sessions), Rosemarie DeWitt (supporting actress for Your Sister's Sister), Michael Pena (supporting actor for End Of Watch), Sam Rockwell (supporting actor for Seven Psychopaths) and Mary Elizabeth Winstead (best actress for Smashed).
Joining Wes and David in the directing category are Julia Loktev for The Loneliest Planet, Ira Sachs for Keep The Lights On and Benh Zeitlin for Beasts Of The Southern Wild, which won the top prize at last January's Sundance Film Festival.