*”12 Years a Slave” leads the Independent Spirit Award nominations, announced Tuesday, with a total of seven nods in major categories — including Best Feature, Best Director, Best Male Lead, Best Supporting Male, and Best Supporting Female.

Steve McQueen leads a category of directors that also includes “Nebraska” helmer Alexander Payne, whose film comes up second with six nominations.

“Nebraska” is also mentioned in the categories Best Feature, Best First Screenplay, Best Actor for Bruce Dern, and Best Supporting Actor and Actress — Will Forte and June Squibb.