Jack Black Enters Awards Season with Spirit Nomination for ‘Bernie’
Jack Black’s acclaimed performance as murderous mortician Bernie Tiede has earned him an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Actor. Bernie also received a nomination for Best Picture, where it will compete alongside the Oscar-hopefuls Silver Linings Playbook and Moonrise Kingdom, in addition to Beasts of the Southern Wild and Keep the Lights On. Black’s Best Actor competition includes Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook), John Hawkes (The Sessions), both of whom are in serious contention for Academy Award nominations, as well as his Bernie costar Matthew McConaughey for Killer Joe (he also received a Best Supporting Actor nomination for Magic Mike.)
Wes Anderson’s box office comeback Moonrise Kingdom had a great showing at the Spirit Nominations, tying Silver Linings Playbook for most nominations this year, each competing in five separate categories. Both Anderson and Silver Linings director David O. Russell, two of today’s most respected independent film auteurs, compete against each other for Picture, Director and Screenplay.
Black’s Bernie, from his School of Rock director Richard Linklater, is not expected to be a major awards contender this year. However, its distributor Millennium Entertainment has mounted a campaign for Black’s performance, and made sure the film was one of the first screeners sent to Oscar voters, often a successful strategy for outside contenders.
A full list of this year’s nominations is available at the Spirit Awards website. Winners will be announced on February 23rd, 2013.