Jennifer Lawrence, Brit Marling and Matthew McConaughey: 2012’s Buzzworthy Performers Become 2013’s Breakthrough Stars (GALLERY)

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Film Independent released a list of the organization’s 2012 Independent Spirit Award nominees Tuesday, celebrating the best and brightest talents working in independent film.

But for industry watchdogs, the announcement offered a shortlist of performers and filmmakers who either promise to go on to great things, or return to former glories after remarkable creative resuscitations.

For a full list of the nominees, visit the Spirit Awards website. In the meantime, Celebuzz has taken a long look at a few of the names on that list that seem likely to make even bigger waves in the year to come, after introducing (or reintroducing) themselves in 2012.

Among the year’s big newcomers, Brit Marling delivered a knockout performance as a cult leader in the amazing Sound of My Voice, which she also wrote. The fact that she’s easy on the eyes (to say the least) is third among her most attractive attributes virtually ensures that she’s going to enjoy some great opportunities in the months ahead.

Conversely, Matthew McConaughey and Mary Elizabeth Winstead have been entertaining audiences for years, but delivered some of the best work of their careers in 2012 with Magic Mike and Smashed, respectively. Hopefully they will continue to find bigger, better and more challenging projects to keep them – and us – enthralled next year.

And while there are certainly others in Celebuzz’ gallery, Jennifer Lawrence may be its MVP, thanks to not only her critical but commercial moxie – after blowing out the box office with The Hunger Games, she returned in November with a standout (indeed – award-worthy) performance in David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook.

Make sure you peruse our gallery of prospective 2013 stars. In the meantime, watch the trailer for Silver Linings Playbook below.

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