Ira Sachs' Keep the Lights On earned four Independent Spirit Award nominations: best picture, best director, best screenplay, and best actor. The competition is mainly Beasts of the Southern Wild and Moonrise Kingdom, with some Silver Linings Playbook and Middle of Nowhere.
The third of three recent movies about aids, How To Survive a Plague, earned a nomination for best documentary.
Bernie, the Texas dramedy about a gay funeral director who befriends and kills a local gorgon, is nominated for best picture and best actor.
The awards are given out in a low-key ceremony on Oscar Eve, Saturday, February 23, 2013.