Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave," the acclaimed, unflinching look at the brutality of slavery in America, earned the most nominations Tuesday for the 29th Film Independent Spirit Awards, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The film received seven nominations, including best picture, best director, lead actor (Chiwetel Ejiofor), supporting actor (Michael Fassbender) and supporting actress (Lupita Nyong'o).

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Alexander Payne's "Nebraska" received six nominations, including best film, best director, lead actor (Bruce Dern), supporting actor (Will Forte) and supporting actress (June Squibb).

Rounding out best film nominees are "All Is Lost," "Frances Ha" and "Inside Llewyn Davis."

Besides Dern and Ejiofor, lead actor nominations went to Oscar Isaac ("Inside Llewyn Davis"); Michael B. Jordan ("Fruitvale Station"); Matthew McConaughey ("Dallas Buyers Club"); and Robert Redford ("All Is Lost").

Vying for lead actress are Cate Blanchett ("Blue Jasmine"); Julie Delpy ("Before Midnight"); Gaby Hoffman ("Crystal Fairy"); Brie Larson ("Short Term 12") and Shailene Woodley ("The Spectacular Now").

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The Spirit Awards will be handed out on March 1.