f you are an IFP (Indpendent Feature Project) member, you've probably already received your voting ballot for the Independent Spirit Awards. Each year, the best of indie cinema gathers on the beach in Santa Monica to celebrate the hottest and brightest talent on the independent film scene. The winners will be announced live on the Independent Film Channel starting at 5pm EST on March 23rd. Additional airings will continue on IFC and on their sister channel Bravo.

The nominees are:

BEST FEATURE:

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

L.I.E.

Memento

Things Behind The Sun

Waking Life

BEST DIRECTOR:

Michael Cuesta, L.I.E.

Cheryl Dunye, Stranger Inside

Richard Linklater, Waking Life

John Cameron Mitchell, Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Christopher Nolan, Memento

BEST MALE LEAD:

Brian Cox, L.I.E.

Ryan Gosling, The Believer

Jake Gyllenhaal, Donnie Darko

John Cameron Mitchell, Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Tom Wilkinson, In The Bedroom

BEST FEMALE LEAD:

Kim Dickens, Things Behind The Sun

Molly Parker, The Center of the World

Sissy Spacek, In The Bedroom

Tilda Swinton, The Deep End

Kerry Washington, Lift

In the Supporting categories, you have such familiar faces as Don Cheadle (Things Behind The Sun), Steve Buscemi (Ghost World), and Carrie-Anne Moss (Memento), and Uma Thurman (Tape).

For the rest of the nominees, make sure to watch the 17th Annual Independent Spirit Awards on March 23rd, 2002. and of course congrats to all of the nominees from Lights Out.

~Jane Doe