If you have been paying attention to this years awards season so far it is clear that main contenders for the big awards this year are almost exclusively smaller, more independent leaning films. Many of these Oscar front-runners like Birdman, Boyhood and Selma were first recognized with Film Independent Spirit Award nominations.
Having already seen about a third of the nominees, I can tell you firsthand that this is a stacked year. Not only have the more widely publicized films like Birdman, Boyhood and Under the Skin lived up to the hype, but some of the more under the radar nominees like Blue Ruin and The One That I Love have also knocked my socks off. Seriously, you need to check out all of these films, they are simply incredible.
Here's the complete list of Film Independent Spirit nominees:
If you are a current member of Film Independent, here is some important info regarding the voting process:
One of the key benefits of becoming a Film Independent member before January 16th, 2014 is the chance to attend FREE members-only screenings in Los Angeles and New York of all the nominated films.
Here is the schedule for both L.A. and N.Y.: