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Film Independent announced the nominees for the 2014 Spirit Awards on Tuesday, kicking off awards season in earnest by honoring the best of the year’s independent films. Steve McQueen’s “12 Years A Slave” led all films with seven nominations, followed by Alexander Payne’s “Nebraska” with six nods. Both films were nominated for the Spirt Awards’ Best Feature honor, alongside “All Is Lost,” “Frances Ha” and “Inside Llewyn Davis.”

Other indie films honored include “Fruitvale Station,” “Dallas Buyers Club,” “Blue Jasmine,” “Short Term 12” and “The Spectacular Now.” It was expected that “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” and “August: Osage County,” two releases from The Weinstein Company, could have factored into the nominations as well, but both films were left out. According to the Film Independent website, an film must have a budget of less than $20 million; “The Butler” had an estimated budget of $30 million (according to Box Office Mojo), while “August: Osage County” reportedly cost $25 million (via IMDb).

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