Oscar gold grabs much of Hollywood's limelight, but the Independent Spirit Awards—traditionally given out the afternoon before the Academy Awards—carry some serious cred in the film industry.
The 28th annual Film Independent Spirit Award nominees were unveiled today and provide the season's first real indicators of who could grab one of Oscar's coveted nominations. In particular, Silver Linings Playbook snagged nominations for Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Actress.
Big-budget films such as Argo, Lincoln, The Hobbit and Les Miserables aren't eligible for Independent Spirit Awards but are each expected to be serious contenders when the Golden Globes and Oscars are distributed.
Here are the nominees:
"Beasts of the Southern Wild"
"Keep the Lights On"
"Silver Linings Playbook"
BEST MALE LEAD:
Jack Black, "Bernie"
Bradley Cooper, "Silver Linings Playbook"
John Hawkes, "The Sessions"
Thure Lindhardt, "Keep the Lights On"
Matthew McConaughey, "Killer Joe"
Wendell Pierce, "Four"
BEST FEMALE LEAD:
Linda Cardellini, "Return"
Emayatzy Corinealdi, "Middle of Nowhere"
Jennifer Lawrence, "Silver Linings Playbook"
Quvenzhané Wallis, "Beasts of the Southern Wild"
Mary Elizabeth Winstead, "Smashed"
BEST SUPPORTING MALE:
Sam Rockwell, "Seven Psychopaths"
Michael Pena, "End of Watch"
Bruce Willis, "Moonrise Kingdom"
David Oyelowo, "Middle of Nowhere"
Matthew McConaughey, "Magic Mike"
BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE:
Rosemarie DeWitt, "Your Sister's Sister"
Ann Dowd, "Compliance"
Helen Hunt, "The Sessions"
Brit Marling, "Sound of My Voice"
Lorraine Toussaint, "Middle of Nowhere"
The next big round of announcements will come Wednesday, Dec. 12, when the Golden Globe nominations are unveiled, and Oscar nominations will be made public on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013.