2017 Independent Spirit Award Nominations


The nominations for the 2017 Independent Spirit Award were announced earlier this week in Los Angeles, sending the Oscar prognosticators scrambling to recalculate their odds-on favourites. While there isn’t always a huge overlap between the Spirit Awards and the Academy Awards, the last few years have at least given the illusion of a strong correlation. This year Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight and Andrea Arnold’s American Honey led the pack with 6 nominations apiece, but it’s interesting to note that Moonlight won the Robert Altman Award for best ensemble cast, just like last year’s Best Picture winner, Spotlight.

Manchester by the Sea also received five nods, although Kenneth Lonergan was overlooked in the directing category, while Jackie received four. A24 is apparently killing it this year when it comes to independent film, having earned a total of 16 nominations between all of their various films. The winners will be announced on February 25th, the night before the Oscars, as per usual. What do you think of the Spirit Award nominations? Check out the full list of nominees after the jump.

Best Feature
American Honey
Manchester by the Sea

Best Director
Andrea Arnold (American Honey)
Barry Jenkins (Moonlight)
Pablo Larrain (Jackie)
Kelly Reichardt (Certain Women)
Jeff Nichols (Loving)

Best Screenplay
Manchester by the Sea
20th Century Women
Little Men
Hell or High Water

Best First Feature
The Childhood of a Leader
The Fits
Other People
Swiss Army Man
The Witch

Best First Screenplay
The Witch
Other People
Jean of the Joneses

Best Male Lead
Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea)
David Harewood (Free in Deed)
Viggo Mortensen (Captain Fantastic)
Jesse Plemons (Other People)
Tim Roth (Chronic)

Best Female Lead
Annette Bening (20th Century Women)
Isabelle Huppert (Elle)
Sasha Lane (American Honey)
Ruth Negga (Loving)
Natalie Portman (Jackie)

Best Supporting Male
Ralph Fiennes (A Bigger Splash)
Ben Foster (Hell or High Water)
Lucas Hedges (Manchester by the Sea)
Shia LaBeouf (American Honey)
Craig Robinson (Morris From America)

Best Supporting Female
Edwina Findley (Free in Deed)
Paulina Garcia (Little Men)
Lily Gladstone (Certain Women)
Riley Keough (American Honey)
Molly Shannon (Other People)

Best Documentary
I Am Not Your Negro
O.J.: Made in America
Under the Sun

Best International Film
My Golden Days
Toni Erdmann
Under the Shadow

Best Cinematography
Free in Deed
Eyes of My Mother
American Honey

Best Editing
Swiss Army Man
Manchester by the Sea
Hell or High Water

John Cassavetes Award (Best Feature Under $500,000)
Free in Deed
Hunter Gatherer
Spa Night

Robert Altman Award (Best Ensemble)

Piaget Producers Award
Lisa Kjerulff
Jordana Mollick
Melody C. Roscher
Craig Shilowich

Someone to Watch Award
Andrew Ahn (Spa Night)
Claire Carre (Embers)
Anna Rose Holmer (The Fits)
Ingrid Jungermann (Women Who Kill)

Truer Than Fiction Award
Kristi Jacobson (Solitary)
Sara Jordenö (Kiki)
Nanfu Wang (Hooligan Sparrow)