‘Beasts’ Lead Spirit Award Noms

Beasts of the Southern Wild and Moonrise Kingdom are looking like this year’s indie favorites. The Benh Zeitlin and Wes Anderson films, respectively, took home Gotham Awards Monday night and now top the Film Independent Spirit Awards’ list of Best Feature nominees. Other nominees—announced Tuesday—include Bernie, Keep the Lights On, and Silver Linings Playbook, whose reported budget surpassed the Spirit Awards $20-million limit. Whereas last year the majority of Oscar- nominated films also received Spirit nods, it’s mostly big studio flicks, like Argo, Lincoln, and Les Miserables that have attracted the attention of the academy.