Better Make Room on the Shelf for All Those Awards, Take Shelter

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Take Shelter, the apocalyptic drama shot in Northeast Ohio and one of our favorite movies of the year, is starting to pick up award nominations.

Not that we're surprised. The movie has been generating buzz ever since it premiered at some prestigious film festivals earlier this year.

But with all the year-end critics' list and film organizations weighing in now, the movie is starting to look like its going to be a regular among them.

Take Shelter picked up five awards from the first big awards group to announce its nominations, the Independent Spirit Awards. The movie ties the black-and-white near-silent The Artist for most nominations.

It's up for Best Feature, Best Director (Jeff Nichols), Best Male Lead (the excellent Michael Shannon), Best Supporting Female (the ubiquitous Jessica Chastain), and something called the Piaget Producers Award.

The awards will be announced on February 25, the day before the Oscars, with the ceremony being broadcast on IFC that same night. And as long as the world doesn't get covered in oily goo by then, we're guessing the movie will bring home at least a few of those statues. —Michael Gallucci

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