Countdown to the 2011 Academy Awards: First stop — The 2011 Independent Spirit Awards….

Last Night star Eva Mendes and two-time Spirit nominee Jeremy Renner announced the nominees for the 2011 Film Independent Spirit Awards from the London Hotel in West Hollywood on Tuesday morning. Drama Winter’s Bone and comedy The Kids Are All Right came up big at the Spirit Award nominations ceremony, earning nods in several categories including Best Film for the key movie awards. Also nominated for Best Picture were James Franco’s survival tale 127 Hours, Natalie Portman’s ballet drama Black Swan, Ben Stiller’s dark romance Greenberg, and The Kids Are All Right, a lesbian family drama starring Annette Bening and Julianne Moore.

Jennifer Lawrence, John Hawkes and Dale Dickey landed acting honors. Spirit Award Nominations Independent Spirit Awards Nominees Film Independent Spirit Awards 2011

And the nominees are:

Best Feature:
“127 Hours”
“Black Swan”
“The Kids Are All Right”
“Winter’s Bone”

Best Actress:
Annette Bening for “The Kids Are All Right”
Greta Gerwig for “Greenberg”
Nicole Kidman for “Rabbit Hole”
Jennifer Lawrence for “Winter’s Bone”
Natalie Portman for “Black Swan”
Michelle Williams for “Blue Valentine”

Best Actor:
Ronald Bronstein for “Daddy Longlegs”
Aaron Eckhart for “Rabbit Hole”
James Franco for “127 Hours”
John C. Reilly for “Cyrus”
Ben Stiller for “Greenberg”

The full list of nominees is available at:

The awards will be presented Feb. 26, the day before the Oscars.

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