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The Independent Spirit Awards, the indie alternative to the Oscars, limits eligibility to American films produced for less than $21 million. Thus a flurry of emails went out ahead of the Indie Spirit nominations announcement Tuesday morning that various films did not meet that requirement. Thus "The Butler," "August: Osage County," "Out of Furnace" and "Lone Survivor" were not in the running, along with Canadian documentary "Stories We Tell." These nominations have a great deal of impact on the road to the Oscars as they help critics and various Academy and Guild voters to add lower-profile titles to their must-see piles. Most important: these nominations provide winning momentum to potential contenders. The ones who did not make the Indie Spirit cut have lost the chance to add that wind to their sails and will have a much harder time gaining traction.  Coming out way ahead is Fox Searchlight's "12 Years a Slave, »

- Anne Thompson

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