The Independent Spirit Award nominations have been announced! And movies starring some of our favorite actors have been recognized (Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Lawrence, and Jack Black amongst them). The Spirit Awards are one of the earliest year-end kudos to announce their nominees, and thus, it's one of our first glimpses at some of the major contenders for the Oscars.

Find out who was nominated ― and what that might say about the Oscars ― below!

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For the big award Best Feature, the nominees are Bernie, featuring an ambiguously-gay Jack Black as a (literal) ladykiller; the gay romantic drama Keep the Lights On; Wes Anderson's quirky preteen romance Moonrise Kingdom; the dream-like Louisiana-set drama Beasts of the Southern Wild, concerning a 5-year-old named Hushpuppy and a horde of giant prehistoric pigs; and the romantic dramedy Silver Linings Playbook, starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence as a mentally-unbalanced twosome learning to love again.

What does this mean for the Oscars? Now that there are up to 10 nominees for Best Picture, there's room for more indies than ever, meaning that in past years, smaller pictures like The Kids Are All Right and Winter's Bone have snuck into the race. This year, the much-adored Moonrise Kingdom has a decent shot at a Best Picture nomination, if Academy voters aren't suffering from Wes Anderson fatigue after so many of his films (The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic, The Darjeeling Limited) have hit the same notes. The unusual Beasts of the Southern Wild is also a lead contender thanks to a rabid fan base that found it bizarrely beautiful.

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Strongest of all, though, is Silver Linings Playbook. The Spirit Awards' recognition of Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence means they're highly likely to be recognized for Best Actor and Actress at the Oscars, too. (Especially Lawrence, who was nominated once already.) The movie is almost certain to get a Best Picture nomination.

Other Spirit Award nominees likely to repeat at the Oscars are John Hawkes and Helen Hunt from the sex dramedy The Sessions and today's big winner, Matthew McConaughey, who was nominated for two different awards in two different movies, including his role as a stripper in Magic Mike. The fact that it's Magic Mike's only nomination doesn't bode well for its chances for Best Picture, unfortunately. But Matthew still has a good shot at a Best Supporting Actor nod!

Early speculation ruled out Silver Linings Playbook because its budget of $21 million exceeds the Spirit Awards' cap of $20 million for an "indie," and also Magic Mike because it was made by a major studio. But obviously, both films were considered eligible after all.

Find the full list of nominees below.

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2012 INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARDS NOMINEES

BEST FEMALE LEAD
Linda Cardellini, Return
Emayatzy Corinealdi, Middle of Nowhere
Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Quvenzhané Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild
Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Smashed

BEST MALE LEAD
Jack Black, Bernie
Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook
John Hawkes, The Sessions
Thure Lindhardt, Keep the Lights On
Matthew McConaughey, Killer Joe
Wendell Pierce, Four

BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE
Rosemarie DeWitt, Your Sister’s Sister
Ann Dowd, Compliance
Helen Hunt, The Sessions
Brit Marling, Sound of My Voice
Lorraine Toussaint, Middle of Nowhere

BEST SUPPORTING MALE
Matthew McConaughey, Magic Mike
David Oyelowo, Middle of Nowhere
Michael Péna, End of Watch
Sam Rockwell, Seven Psychopaths
Bruce Willis, Moonrise Kingdom

BEST FEATURE
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Producers: Michael Gottwald, Dan Janvey & Josh Penn
Bernie
Producers: Liz Glotzer, Richard Linklater, David McFadzean, Dete Meserve, Judd Payne, Celine Rattray, Martin Shafer, Ginger Sledge, Matt Williams
Keep the Lights On
Producers: Marie Therese Guirgis, Lucas Joaquin, Ira Sachs
Moonrise Kingdom
Producers: Wes Anderson, Jeremy Dawson, Steven Rales, Scott Rudin
Silver Linings Playbook
Producers: Bruce Cohen, Donna Gigliotti, Jonathan Gordon

BEST DIRECTOR
Wes Anderson, Moonrise Kingdom
Julia Loktev, The Loneliest Planet
David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook
Ira Sachs, Keep the Lights On
Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild

BEST SCREENPLAY
Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola, Moonrise Kingdom
Zoe Kazan, Ruby Sparks
Martin McDonagh, Seven Psychopaths
David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook
Ira Sachs, Keep the Lights On

BEST FIRST FEATURE
Fill the Void
Rama Burshtein (director); Assaf Amir (producer)
Gimme the Loot
Adam Leon (director); Dominic Buchanan, Natalie Difford, Jamund Washington (producers)
Safety Not Guaranteed
Colin Trevorrow (director); Derek Connolly, Stephanie Langhoff, Peter Saraf, Colin Trevorrow, Marc Turtletaub (producers)
Sound of My Voice
Zal Batmanglij (director); Brit Marling, Hans Ritter, Shelley Surpin (producers)
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Stephen Chbosky (director);  Lianne Halfon, John Malkovich, Russell Smith (producers)

BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY
Rama Burshtein, Fill the Void
Derek Connolly, Safety Not Guaranteed
Christopher Ford, Robot & Frank
Rashida Jones & Will McCormack, Celeste and Jesse Forever
Jonathan Lisecki, Gayby

JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD
Breakfast with Curtis
Laura Colella (writer-director-producer)
Middle of Nowhere
Ava DuVernay (writer-director-producer); Howard Barish, Paul Garnes (producers)
Mosquita y Mari
Aurora Guerrero (writer-director); Chad Burris (producer)
Starlet
Sean Baker (writer-director); Blake Ashman-Kipervaser, Kevin Chinoy, Patrick Cunningham, Chris Maybach, Francesca Silvestri (producers)
The Color Wheel
Alex Ross Perry (writer-director-producer); Carlen Altman (writer)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Yoni Brook, Valley of Saints
Lol Crawley, Here
Ben Richardson, Beasts of the Southern Wild
Roman Vasyanov, End of Watch
Robert Yeoman, Moonrise Kingdom

BEST DOCUMENTARY
(Award given to the director and producer)
How to Survive a Plague
David France (director); David France, Howard Gertler (producers)
Marina Abramović: The Artist is Present
Matthew Akers (director); Maro Chermayeff, Jeff Dupre (producers)
The Central Park Five
Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, David McMahon (directors-producers)
The Invisible War
Kirby Dick (director); Tanner King Barklow, Amy Ziering (producers)
The Waiting Room
Peter Nicks (director-producer); Linda Davis, William B. Hirsch (producers)

BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM
(Award given to the director)
Amour (France), Michael Haneke
Once Upon A Time in Anatolia (Turkey), Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Rust And Bone (France/Belgium), Jacques Audiard
Sister (Switzerland), Ursula Meier
War Witch (Democratic Republic of Congo), Kim Nguyen

16th ANNUAL PIAGET PRODUCERS AWARD
Nobody Walks, Alicia Van Couvering (producer)
Prince Avalanche, Derrick Tseng (producer)
Stones in the Sun, Mynette Louie (producer)

19th ANNUAL SOMEONE TO WATCH AWARD
Pincus, David Fenster (director)
Gimme the Loot, Adam Leon (director)
Electrick Children, Rebecca Thomas (director)

STELLA ARTOIS TRUER THAN FICTION AWARD
Leviathan, Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel (directors)
The Waiting Room, Peter Nicks (director)
Only the Young, Jason Tippet & Elizabeth Mims (directors)

ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD
(Given to one film’s director, casting director, and its ensemble cast)
Starlet, Sean Baker (director); Julia Kim (casting director); Dree Hemingway, Besedka Johnson, Karren Karagulian, Stella Maeve, James Ransone (cast)

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The Independent Spirit Awards winners will be presented on February 23, the day before the Oscars.

Which film is your favorite? Let us know in the comments!