Fingers crossed these contenders aren't forgotten
Best Feature: "Short Term 12"
In theory, the SXSW breakout should be a slam dunk for a Best Feature nomination at the Spirits. Shot in Los Angeles, the critically acclaimed drama played at Film Independent's LA Film Festival, and won almost every audience award you can imagine at other film festivals across the country. Plus, writer/director Destin Cretton's screenplay won the Academy's Nicholl Fellowship in 2010. That's a lot of independent film and LA industry support. The problem, of course, is that the film was somewhat of a disappointment at the box office and didn't make the cut at the Gotham Awards for Best Feature. Considering all the high profile independent contenders this year, let's hope history doesn't repeat itself.