Thursday, November 24, 2016

Nominations announced for 2017 Independent Spirit Awards

It's Thanksgiving week, which means that most of America is settling down to eat, watch football, and maybe catch a movie or two. Meanwhile, Hollywood is bracing for the final awards season push, which will reach a fever pitch over the next few weeks with a deluge of nomination announcements, plenty of critic awards, and an avalanche of end-of-year releases. Screeners are being sent out all over the country, and you'll probably be seeing tons of "For Your Consideration" advertisements if you visit any of the major movie sites. With the festival circuit all but finished, the Independent Spirit Awards were the first major show to announce their nominations. On Tuesday, they unveiled their picks for the best of the year in indie film. Check them out below!

BEST FEATURE


American Honey
Chronic
Jackie
Manchester by the Sea
Moonlight

BEST FIRST FEATURE

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

BEST DIRECTOR

Andrea Arnold, American Honey
Barry Jenkins, Moonlight
Pablo Larrain, Jackie
Jeff Nichols, Loving
Kelly Reichardt, Certain Women

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 SCREENPLAY

Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea
Ira Sachs and Mauricio Zacharias, Little Men
Mike Mills, 20th Century Women
Taylor Sheridan, Hell or High Water
Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney, Moonlight

BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY

Robert Eggers, The Witch
Chris Kelly, Other People
Adam Mansbach, Barry
Stella Meghie, Jean of the Joneses
Craig Shilowich, Christine

BEST DOCUMENTARY


13th
Cameraperson
I Am Not Your Negro
O.J.: Made in America
Sonita
Under the Sun

BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM

Aquarius
Chevalier
My Golden Days
Toni Erdmann
Under the Shadow

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Free in Deed
The Childhood of a Leader
The Eyes of My Mother
Moonlight
American Honey

BEST EDITING


Swiss Army Man
Manchester by the Sea
Moonlight
Hell or High Water
Jackie

JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD

Free in Deed
Hunter Gatherer
Lovesong
Nakom
Spa Night

ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD- Moonlight

The Independent Spirit Awards aren't necessarily a great prognosticator of the Oscar race, so I'm taking everything here with a grain of salt. After all, Chronic was nominated for Best Feature and I had legitimately never heard of that film before this announcement. In addition, I read an article yesterday that played up American Honey as an Oscar contender because of its strong showing at the Spirit Awards, which I think is simply ludicrous. After all this is an awards show that honors the best in indie film, and if you asked me which film was the most "indie" of 2016, I would say American Honey without hesitation. Moonlight, Jackie, and Manchester by the Sea had a nice showing here, certainly indicative of things to come for those three films. If there are any losers coming out of these nominations, it's probably Hell or High Water and Loving. The two films racked up their fair share of noms, but missing out on the Best Feature category has to hurt. Nonetheless, I wouldn't be too concerned- major Oscar forecasts have continually shown that the former is high on voters' lists, while Loving is the kind of film that really connects with the Academy. Both films should be fine.

The Independent Spirit Awards will be held on February 25, 2017. Look for more awards coverage in the near future.

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