High-profile studios pics mingled with small-scale indies as Fox Searchlight's "12 Years a Slave" led nominations for the 29th Independent Spirit Awards with seven followed by Paramount Vantage's "Nebraska" with six.

In a year chock full of worth films, Film Indpendent voters spread the wealth among titles that are serious Oscar contenders as well as true indies with minimal budgets and a lack of marquee names.

"12 Years" was tapped for best feature, director for Steve McQueen, best actor for Chiwetel Ejiofer, supporting actress for Lupita Nyong'o, supporting actor for Michael Fassbender, cinematography and screenplay by John Ridley.

"Nebraska" received noms for best feature, director Alexander Payne, best actor for Bruce Dern, supporting actress for June Squibb, supporting actor for Will Forte and best first screenplay for Bob Nelson.

Besides "12 Years" and "Nebraska," the best feature nominations went to "All Is Lost," "Frances Ha" and "Inside Llewyn Davis."

"All Is Lost" was also nominated for best director for J.C. Chandor, best actor for Robert Redford and best cinematography for a total of four noms. "Blue Jasmine," "Fruitvale Station," "Inside Llewyn Davis" and "Short Term 12" each garnered three nominations.

Octavia Spencer and Paula Patton announced the nominations Tuesday morning at the W Hotel. The awards ceremonies will take place March 1 - the day before the Oscars - at the usual location in a massive white tent on Santa Monica beach.

Spencer, who starred in "Fruitvale Station," teared up for all three of its noms -- best first feature for Ryan Coogler, best actor for Michael B. Jordan and Melonie Diaz for supporting actress.

Only films with budgets of $20 million or less are eligible for the Spirits. Focus Features' "Dallas Buyers Club" took two noms for Matthew McConaughey for best actor and Jared Leto for supporting actor. McConaughey won the Spirit's supporting actor trophy in February for "Magic Mike."

McConaughey was overlooked for his lead role in "Mud," which snagged a nod for director Jeff Nichols. The drama also won the Robert Altman award -- bestowed upon a director, cast and casting director.

Other films with two noms included"Before Midnight," "Computer Chess," "Crystal Fairy," "Enough Said," "Frances Ha," "The Specatacular Now," "Una Noche" and "Upstream Color."

David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook" dominated the awards last February with trophies for best feature, actress for Jennifer Lawrence and director and screenplay for Russell.

2014 Film Independent Spirit Award Nominations:

BEST FEATURE (Award given to the Producer, Executive Producers are not awarded)
12 Years a Slave
PRODUCERS: Dede Gardner, Anthony Katagas, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueen, Arnon Milchan, Brad Pitt, Bill Pohlad
All Is Lost
PRODUCERS: Neal Dodson, Anna Gerb
Frances Ha