Silver Linings Playbook leads The Spirit Awards nominations! Jen nominated for Best Actress!

Silver Linings Playbook picked up five nominations for The Independent Spirit Awards in all five major categories! Nominees were announced on Tuesday in Los Angeles and Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, who have the starring roles in the film, have each received a nomination for Best Actor and Best Actress, while the film itself is also in the running for Best Feature, Best Screenplay and Best Director. Congrats Jennifer, the cast and the crew!

Presented by the cinema group Film Independent, the Spirit Awards will be handed out at an afternoon ceremony along the beach in Santa Monica, California, on Feb. 23, the day before the Oscars. The Spirit Awards show will air that night on IFC.

Nominees are chosen by panels of film professionals, which gauge contenders on such criteria as uniqueness of vision; original, provocative subject matter; how economically they were produced; and percentage of financing from independent, non-Hollywood sources. Eligible films typically range from tiny-budgeted movies shot for $500,000 or less to productions that cost as much as $20 million.

Members of Film Independent, including filmmakers and movie fans, are eligible to vote on the winners.

Did you know…? In 2011 Jennifer was nominated to Independent Spirit Awards in Best Female Lead category for Winter’s Bone, but she lost the award to Natalie Portman (Black Swan).