The nominees for the 2011 Film Independent Spirit Awards were announced Nov. 30, with Lisa Cholodenko's indie hit The Kids Are All Right scoring five nominations.
Actors Eva Mendes and Jeremy Renner announced the nominees at the London West Hollywood Hotel, with the awards ceremony to be held on February 26 on the Santa Monica Beach. The awards were established in 1984 to highlight and celebrate the best independent cinema of the year and are now given out through the non-profit organization Film Independent.
With its five nominations, The Kids Are All Right is poised to be one of the night's top honorees, with director and screenwriter Lisa Cholodenko, lead actress Annette Bening, and supporting actor Mark Ruffalo all up for individual awards and the film itself in the running for Best Feature. The film examines the emotional ramifications of a lesbian couple's children tracking down their "donor dad", and is expected to receive a lot of attention this awards season.
Other nominees include out-director John Cameron Mitchell, who previously directed the LGBT classics Shortbus and Hedwig and the Angry Inch, for his new film Rabbit Hole . The psychological thriller Black Swan contains a much buzzed about love scene between actresses Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis, and was nominated for four awards. And LGBT ally and Howl actor James Franco was nominated for his lead role in Danny Boyles 127 Hours.
Comedian Joel McHale will host the 2011 Spirit Awards, which will air same-day on IFC at 10pm. A full list of nominees can be found here, and watch the nominations announcement below.