Let the jockeying for movie awards begin.

Not surprisingly, Steve McQueen and his film "12 Years a Slave" raced out to a fast award-season start with the most nominations Tuesday for the 29th Film Independent Spirit Awards. The film received seven nods, edging out Alexander Payne's "Nebraska" with six.

"Fruitvale Station" picked up a first feature nomination for Oakland native Ryan Coogler's film debut about the shooting of Oscar Grant by a BART police officer. Michael B. Jordan, who played Grant, was nominated for male lead and Melonie Diaz for supporting female.

Leading the pack, "12 Years a Slave" is in the running for feature, McQueen for director, John Ridley for screenplay, Chiwetel Ejiofor for male lead, Lupita Nyong'o for supporting female, Michael Fassbender for supporting male and Sean Bobbitt for Cinematography.

This image released by Fox Searchlight shows Chiwetel Ejiofor in a scene from "12 Years A Slave." The film was nominated for a Spirit Award for
This image released by Fox Searchlight shows Chiwetel Ejiofor in a scene from "12 Years A Slave." The film was nominated for a Spirit Award for best feature on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013. The Spirit Awards will take place Saturday, March 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Fox Searchlight, Jaap Buitendijk) (Jaap Buitendijk)

Also nominated for best film are "All is Lost," "Frances Ha," "Inside Llewyn Davis" and "Nebraska." The awards will be handed out March 1.



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Michael B. Jordan is Oscar Grant in the movie, Fruitvale Station. The film depicts the final hours in Oscar Grant’s life before he was shot and
Michael B. Jordan is Oscar Grant in the movie, Fruitvale Station. The film depicts the final hours in Oscar Grant's life before he was shot and killed by BART police officer Johannes Mehserle on New Year's Day 2009. (Courtesy of The Weinstein Company) ( The Weinstein Company )