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Believe it or not, it's award season already — and the nonprofit organization Film Independent announced its nominees for the 2014 Spirit Awards today, November 26.

This year's ceremony — the 29th annual iteration of the award show honoring the cast and crew of stellar independent films — will be held in Santa Monica, California, on March 1, with actor and comedian Patton Oswalt hosting.

Drumroll, please! The nominees are:

BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE
Melonie Diaz, Fruitvale Station
Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine
Lupita Nyong'o, 12 Years a Slave
Yolonda Ross, Go For Sisters
June Squibb, Nebraska

BEST SUPPORTING MALE
Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave
Will Forte, Nebraska
James Gandolfini, Enough Said
Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
Keith Stanfield, Short Term 12

BEST FEMALE LEAD
Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
Julie Delpy, Before Midnight
Gaby Hoffmann, Crystal Fairy
Brie Larson, Short Term 12
Shailene Woodley, The Spectacular Now

BEST MALE LEAD
Bruce Dern, Nebraska
Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years A Slave
Oscar Isaac, Inside Llewyn Davis
Michael B. Jordan, Fruitvale Station
Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club
Robert Redford, All Is Lost

BEST SCREENPLAY
Woody Allen, Blue Jasmine
Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke & Richard Linklater, Before Midnight
Nicole Holofcener, Enough Said
Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber, The Spectacular Now
John Ridley, 12 Years A Slave

BEST DIRECTOR
Shane Carruth, Upstream Color
J.C. Chandor, All Is Lost
Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave
Jeff Nichols, Mud
Alexander Payne, Nebraska

BEST FIRST FEATURE
Blue Caprice
Concussion
Fruitvale Station
Una Noche
Wadjda

BEST FOREIGN FILM
A Touch of Sin (China)
Blue Is the Warmest Color (France)
Gloria (France)
The Great Beauty (Italy)
The Hunt (Denmark)

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
20 Feet From Stardom
After Tiller
Gideon's Army
The Act of Killing
The Square

BEST FEATURE
12 Years A Slave
All is Lost
Frances Ha
Inside Llewyn Davis
Nebraska

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Dan Clarendon is an assistant editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow him on Twitter and Google+!