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Spirited Competition

Indie movie nominations honor ''Amazing,'' ''Heaven.'' The Independent Spirit Awards snub indie blockbuster ''Greek Wedding''

Catherine Keener, Lovely & Amazing | SHE'S GOT SPIRIT ''Lovely & Amazing'' (starring Keener) tops the Independent noms
Image credit: Lovely & Amazing: Lions Gate Films
SHE'S GOT SPIRIT ''Lovely & Amazing'' (starring Keener) tops the Independent noms

In the independent film world's answer to the Oscars, the Independent Spirit Awards may offer little overlap to what will find favor with the Academy. Movies that are barely on Oscar prognosticators' radar screens may clean up big, like ''Lovely & Amazing,'' which led the list of Independent Spirit nominees announced yesterday with six nods. And box-office success means nothing; the highest-grossing independent film of all time, ''My Big Fat Greek Wedding,'' barely registered with Spirit voters, who gave it just one nomination, for star Nia Vardalos, as Best Newcomer.

There is a little overlap. ''Far From Heaven'''s Julianne Moore and ''Roger Dodger'''s Campbell Scott, who won the top acting prizes last week from the National Board of Review, were recognized here as well, and ''Heaven'' scored five nods overall. Other names that Oscar predictors have cited as longshots -- ''The Good Girl'''s Jennifer Aniston, ''Antwone Fisher'' newcomer Derek Luke, cop drama ''Narc,'' Michael Moore's documentary ''Bowling for Columbine'' -- showed up on the Spirit list.

Per tradition, the awards will be handed out under a tent on the Santa Monica beach on March 22, the afternoon before the Oscars, with director John Waters hosting. The ceremony airs on cable's Independent Film Channel. A list of nominees is below.

Feature
''Far from Heaven''
''The Good Girl''
''Lovely & Amazing''
''Secretary''
''Tully''

Female Lead
Jennifer Aniston, ''The Good Girl''
Maggie Gyllenhaal, ''Secretary''
Catherine Keener, ''Lovely & Amazing''
Julianne Moore, ''Far from Heaven''
Parker Posey, ''Personal Velocity''

Male Lead
Graham Greene, ''Skins''
Danny Huston, ''Ivans xtc.''
Derek Luke, ''Antwone Fisher''
Jeremy Renner, ''Dahmer''
Campbell Scott, ''Roger Dodger''

Supporting Female
Viola Davis, ''Antwone Fisher''
Jacqueline Kim, ''Charlotte Sometimes''
Juliette Lewis, ''Hysterical Blindness''
Emily Mortimer, ''Lovely & Amazing''
Julianne Nicholson, ''Tully''

Supporting Male
Alan Arkin, ''Thirteen Conversations About One Thing''
Ray Liotta, ''Narc''
Dennis Quaid, ''Far from Heaven''
John C. Reilly, ''The Good Girl''
Peter Weller, ''Ivans xtc.''

Debut Performance
Bob Burrus, ''Tully''
America Ferrera, ''Real Women Have Curves''
Raven Goodwin, ''Lovely & Amazing''
Artel Kayaru, ''Dahmer''
Nia Vardalos, ''My Big Fat Greek Wedding''

Director
Joe Carnahan, ''Narc''
Todd Haynes, ''Far from Heaven''
Nicole Holofcener, ''Lovely & Amazing''
Bernard Rose, ''Ivans xtc.''
Gus Van Sant, ''Gerry''

Screenplay
Mike White, ''The Good Girl''
Nicole Holofcener, ''Lovely & Amazing''
Dylan Kidd, ''Roger Dodger''
Jill Sprecher and Karen Sprecher, ''Thirteen Conversations About One Thing''
Hilary Birmingham and Matt Drake, ''Tully''

First Feature
Neil Burger, ''Interview with the Assassin''
Peter Care, ''The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys''
Eric Eason, ''Manito''
Dylan Kidd, ''Roger Dodger''
Charles Stone III, ''Paid in Full''

First Screenplay
Neil Burger, ''Interview with the Assassin''
Laura Cahill, ''Hysterical Blindness''
Heather Juergensen and Jennifer Westfeldt, ''Kissing Jessica Stein''
Burr Steers, ''Igby Goes Down''
Erin Cressida Wilson, ''Secretary''

John Cassavetes Award (best feature made for under $500,000)
''Charlotte Sometimes''
''Dahmer''
''Ivans xtc.''
''Personal Velocity''
''The Slaughter Rule''

Cinematography
''Far from Heaven''
''Gerry''
''Interview with the Assassin''
''Narc''
''Personal Velocity''

Foreign Film
''Bloody Sunday''
''The Fast Runner''
''The Piano Teacher''
''Time Out''
''Y Tu Mamá También''

Documentary
''Bowling for Columbine''
''The Cockettes''
''Devil's Playground''
''How to Draw a Bunny''
''Stevie''

Originally posted Dec 12, 2002