27 November 2012 10:41 AM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Silver Linings Playbook and Moonrise Kingdom led the Independent Spirit Award nominations with five each, including best picture.

Other best picture contenders were Bernie, Beasts of the Southern Wild, and Keep the Lights On.

With big-screen behemoths like Lincoln, Argo, and Les Miserables dominating Oscar talk, Film Independent’s awards  — chosen by filmmakers, actors, critics, and festival programers — cast the spotlight on some smaller films that are nonetheless worthy of consideration this award season.

A little more analysis is on the way, but for now here are the nominees:

Best Director

Wes Anderson, Moonrise Kingdom

Julia Loktev, The Loneliest Planet

David O. Russell, »

- Anthony Breznican

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