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Posted at 12:35 PM ET, 11/30/2010

'Winter's Bone' leads the pack of Spirit Award nominees

By Jen Chaney

John Hawkes, a Spirit nominee for "Winter's Bone." (Roadside Attractions Via AP)

As predicted, "Winter's Bone" dominated this morning's Independent Spirit Award nominations, earning seven nods for best feature, director, screenplay, lead female Jennifer Lawrence, supporting female Dale Dickey, supporting male John Hawkes and cinematography.

The competition in the best feature category includes two films that "Winter's Bone" beat out last night for the top Gotham Award -- "The Kids Are All Right" (which earned five nominations) and "Black Swan" (which scored four) -- as well as Danny Boyle's "127 Hours" and "Greenberg."

Most of the nominees were somewhat expected – Annette Bening and Mark Ruffalo each got a nod for "The Kids Are All Right," as did Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart for "Rabbit Hole" and Natalie Portman for "Black Swan" -- but there were a few surprises. A brief word on those and a full list of the key nominees can be found after the jump.

In the surprise omission category, the awards-season blogosphere will surely make much of the fact that Ryan Gosling did not get nominated for "Blue Valetine," while co-star Michelle Williams did. (The indie also failed to be recognized for best picture, screenplay and director.)

In the lead female category in which Williams finds herself, there are six nominees, one more than the usual five. Yet -- in another omission -- Julianne Moore didn't get recognized for "The Kids Are All Right" in addition to co-star Bening.

And since we're talking snubs, where was Robert Duvall in the lead male category? He's the cantankerous center of "Get Low" but he was overlooked by the Spirits, while co-star Bill Murray got some love in the supporting male category. Why not make room for six male lead nominees as well?

Ah, well. It wouldn't be awards season if we didn't have snubs to complain about. Feel free to weigh in on the most egregious one via our ultra-convenient online poll below, then check out the complete list of nominees.

Best Feature

127 Hours
Black Swan
The Kids Are All Right
Winter's Bone

Best Director

Darren Aronofsky -- Black Swan
Danny Boyle -- 127 Hours
Lisa Cholodenko -- The Kids Are All Right
Debra Granik -- Winter's Bone
John Cameron Mitchell -- Rabbit Hole

Best Screenplay

Stuart Blumberg, Lisa Cholodenko -- The Kids Are All Right
Debra Granik, Anne Rosellini -- Winter's Bone
Nicole Holofcener -- Please Give
David Lindsay-Abaire -- Rabbit Hole
Todd Solondz -- Life During Wartime

Best First Feature

Everything Strange and New
Get Low
Night Catches Us
The Last Exorcism
Tiny Furniture

Best First Screenplay

Diane Bell -- Obselidia
Lena Dunham -- Tiny Furniture
Nik Fackler -- Lovely, Still
Bob Glaudini -- Jack Goes Boating
Dana Adam Shapiro, Evan M. Wiener -- Monogamy

John Cassavetes Award -- Best feature made for under $500,000

Daddy Longlegs
Lovers of Hate
The Exploding Girl

Best Female Lead

Annette Bening -- Kids Are All Right
Greta Gerwig -- Greenberg
Nicole Kidman -- Rabbit Hole
Jennifer Lawrence -- Winter's Bone
Natalie Portman -- Black Swan
Michelle Williams -- Blue Valentine

Best Male Lead

Ronald Bronstein -- Daddy Longlegs
Aaron Eckhart -- Rabbit Hole
James Franco -- 127 Hours
John C. Reilly -- Cyrus
Ben Stiller -- Greenberg

Best Supporting Female

Ashley Bell -- The Last Exorcism
Dale Dickey -- Winter's Bone
Allison Janney -- Life During Wartime
Daphne Rubin-Vega -- Jack Goes Boating
Naomi Watts -- Mother and Child

Best Supporting Male

John Hawkes -- Winter's Bone
Samuel L. Jackson -- Mother and Child
Bill Murray -- Get Low
John Ortiz -- Jack Goes Boating
Mark Ruffalo -- The Kids Are All Right

Best Cinematography

Black Swan
Never Let Me Go
Tiny Furniture
Winter's Bone

Best Documentary

Exit Through the Gift Shop

Best Foreign Film

Kisses (Ireland)
Mademoiselle Chambon (France)
Of Gods and Men (Morocco)
The King's Speech (UK)
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (Thailand)

By Jen Chaney  | November 30, 2010; 12:35 PM ET
Categories:  Awards Season, Movies  
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