Winter's Bone leads Spirit Awards

Winter's Bone leads Spirit Awards

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Eva Mendes and Jeremy Renner announced the nominations for the Spirit Awards

Winter’s Bone leads the pack in this year’s Spirit Awards nominations, having earned a whopping seven nods.

Following its success at the Gotham Independent Film Awards, the bleak drama scooped nominations for best picture and acting honours for Jennifer Lawrence, John Hawkes and Dale Dickey.

The Kids Are All Right came second with five nominations, including a best-actress honour for Annette Bening and a supporting-actor slot for Mark Ruffalo.

Eva Mendes and Jeremy Renner read out the nominations in Los Angeles, with Danny Boyle’s survival tale 127 Hours, Natalie Portman’s ballet drama Black Swan, Ben Stiller’s dark romance Greenberg and The Kids Are All Right also picking up best picture nods.

Presented by the cinema group Film Independent, the awards honour independent movies.

“The artistic side of independent film is stronger than ever, and it’s especially impressive to see the developed craft of extraordinary independent filmmakers who have only gotten better over the years,” said Film Independent executive director Dawn Hudson.

Along with Jennifer, Annette and Natalie; Greta Gerwig, Nicole Kidman and Michelle Williams also won best actress nominations, while James Franco, Ben Stiller, Ronald Bronstein, Aaron Eckhart and John C Reilly are up for best actor.

The Spirit Awards will be presented on February 26, the day before the Academy Awards.

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