2021 Independent Spirit Award Winners


The Film Independent Spirit Awards broke with tradition this year and opted for a Thursday evening ceremony as opposed to the usual Saturday night before the Oscars. Going into the evening, Never Rarely Sometimes Always led with 7 nominations but ultimately the film was shut out and Chloe Zhao’s Nomadland took home Best Feature, Best Director, Best Cinematography and Best Editing. Frances McDormand did not win Best Female Lead, however; instead that went to Carey Mulligan and Promising Young Woman also won Best Screenplay. Sound of Metal also ended up earning three awards including Best First Feature, Best Male Lead and Best Supporting Male. The stage is now set for the Spirit Awards and the Oscars to once again share Best Picture winners after a few years of divergence (the last movie to win Best Picture at both was Moonlight back in 2016). Check out the full list of Spirit Award winners after the jump and let us know what you think.

Best Feature
“First Cow”
“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”
“Never Rarely Sometimes Always”
“Nomadland” (WINNER)

Best Director
Lee Isaac Chung (“Minari”)
Emerald Fennell (“Promising Young Woman”)
Eliza Hittman (“Never Rarely Sometimes Always”)
Kelly Reichardt (“First Cow”)
Chloé Zhao (“Nomadland”) (WINNER)

Best First Feature
“I Carry You With Me”
“The 40-Year-Old Version”
“Sound of Metal” (WINNER)
“Miss Juneteenth”
“Nine Days”

Best Female Lead
Nicole Beharie (“Miss Juneteenth”)
Viola Davis (“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”)
Sidney Flanigan (“Never Rarely Sometimes Always”)
Julia Garner (“The Assistant”)
Frances McDormand (“Nomadland”)
Carey Mulligan (“Promising Young Woman”) (WINNER)

Best Male Lead
Riz Ahmed (“Sound of Metal”) (WINNER)
Chadwick Boseman (“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”)
Rob Morgan (“Bull”)
Steven Yeun (“Minari”)
Adarsh Gourav (“The White Tiger”)

Best Supporting Female
Alexis Chikaeze (“Miss Juneteenth”)
Yeri Han (“Minari”)
Valerie Mahaffey (“French Exit”)
Talia Ryder (“Never Rarely Sometimes Always”)
Yuh-jung Youn (“Minari”) (WINNER)

Best Supporting Male
Colman Domingo (“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”)
Orion Lee (“First Cow”)
Paul Raci (“Sound of Metal”) (WINNER)
Glynn Turman (“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”)
Benedict Wong (“Nine Days”)

Best Screenplay
“Bad Education”
“The Half of It”
“Never Rarely Sometimes Always”
“Promising Young Woman” (WINNER)

Best First Screenplay
Kitty Green (“The Assistant”)
Noah Hutton (“Lapsis”)
Channing Godfrey Peoples (“Miss Juneteenth”)
Andy Siara (“Palm Springs”) (WINNER)
James Sweeney (“Straight Up”)

Best Cinematography
Jay Keitel (“She Dies Tomorrow”)
Shabier Kirchner (“Bull”)
Michael Latham (“The Assistant”)
Hélène Louvart (“Never Rarely Sometimes Always”)
Joshua James Richards (“Nomadland”) (WINNER)

Best Editing
“I Carry You With Me”
“The Invisible Man”
“Never Rarely Sometimes Always”
“Nomadland” (WINNER)

John Cassavetes Award
“The Killing of Two Lovers”
“La Leyenda Negra”
“Lingua Franca”
“Residue” (WINNER)
“Saint Frances”

Robert Altman Award
“One Night in Miami”

Best Documentary
“Crip Camp” (WINNER)
“Dick Johnson Is Dead”
“The Mole Agent”

Best International Film
“The Disciple”
“Night of the Kings”
“Preparations to be Together for an Unknown Period of Time”
“Quo Vadis, Aida?” (WINNER)

Piaget Producers Award
Kara Durrett
Lucas Joaquin
Gerry Kim (WINNER)

Someone to Watch Award
David Midell (“The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain”)
Ekwa Msangi “( Farewell Amor”) (WINNER)
Annie Silverstein (“Bull”)

Truer Than Fiction Award
Cecilia Aldarondo (“Landfall”)
Elegance Bratton (“Pier Kids”) (WINNER)
Elizabeth Lo (“Stray”)

Best New Non-Scripted or Documentary Series
“Atlanta’s Missing and Murdered: The Lost Children”
“City So Real”
“Immigration Nation” (WINNER)
“Love Fraud”
“We’re Here”

Best Scripted Series
“I May Destroy You” (WINNER)
“Little America”
“Small Axe”
“A Teacher”

Best Female Performance in a Scripted Series
Elle Fanning (“The Great”)
Shira Haas (“Unorthodox”) (WINNER)
Abby McEnany (“Work in Progress”)
Maitreyi Ramakrishnan (“Never Have I Ever”)
Jordan Kristine Seamón (“We Are Who We Are”)

Best Male Performance in a Scripted Series
Conphidance (“Little America”)
Adam Ali (“Little America”)
Nicco Annan (“P-Valley”)
Amit Rahav (“Unorthodox”) (WINNER)
Harold Torre (“Zero, Zero, Zero”)

Best Ensemble Cast in a New Scripted Series
“I May Destroy You”