'12 Years a Slave' has received seven nominations including Best Feature for the 2014 Independent Spirit Awards.
'12 Years a Slave' leads the 2014 Independent Spirit Awards nominations.
Steve McQueen's slavery drama set in 1840s Louisiana has received seven nods in total for categories including Best Feature, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Cinematography.
The film faces stiff competition from Alexander Payne's 'Nebraska', which earned six nominations in total, in the annual awards ceremony celebrating lower-budget movies.
JC Chandor's 'All Is Lost' totalled four nominations, with 'Inside Llewyn Davis', 'Short Term 12', 'Fruitvale Station' and 'Blue Jasmine' all receiving three.
'12 Years a Slave' is up against 'Nebraska', 'All Is Lost', 'Frances Ha' and 'Inside Llewyn Davis' for the coveted Best Feature prize.
Meanwhile the lead actor category was expanded to six nominees instead of the usual five, and James Gandolfini is up for a posthumous award for 'Enough Said'.
Actor Patton Oswalt will host the ceremony - which only recognises movies with a budget of less than $15 million - in Los Angeles on March 1, 2014, one day before the Academy Awards.
The 2014 Independent Spirit Awards - selected nominees:
'12 Years A Slave'
'All Is Lost'
'Inside Llewyn Davis'
J.C. Chandor, 'All Is Lost'
Jeff Nichols, 'Mud'
Alexander Payne, 'Nebraska'
Steve McQueen, '12 Years a Slave'
Shane Carruth, 'Upstream Colour'
'The Spectacular Now'
'12 Years a Slave'
Best First Feature
Best First Screenplay
'In A World'
'The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete'
John Cassavetes Award - (Best Feature made for under $500,000)
'This is Martin Bonner'
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'
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