32nd Annual Independent Spirit Award Nominations

So it appears I have some catching up to do this year. In the past, I’d seen about everything by the time the nominations rolled out. I’m certainly not complaining however; quite the opposite in fact. I’m really looking forward to seeing all of this stuff that either hasn’t been released or my schedule didn’t allowed for it.

The Film Independent Spirit Awards stand for something much deeper: championing creative independence in visual storytelling and supporting a community of artists who embody diversity, innovation and uniqueness of vision—a mission that is more relevant now than ever before.

So today we’re honored to announce the nominees for the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards, revealed at a press conference this morning at the W Hotel in Hollywood by presenters Edgar Ramirez (Zero Dark Thirty, Joy, Carlos) and Jenny Slate (Obvious Child, The Secret Life of Pets). This year’s Spirit Award nominees are yet another esteemed group of diverse, outspoken and boundary-pushing performers and filmmakers, representing the very best and most vital independent movies of the past 12 months. So without further adieu, let’s get to the nominees!

 


Sizing up the nominations:
American Honey = 6
Moonlight = 6
Manchester By the Sea = 5
Jackie = 4
BEST PICTURE
American Honey
Chronic
Jackie
Manchester by the Sea
Moonlight

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

BEST ACTOR
Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
David Harewood, Free In Deed
Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic
Jesse Plemons, Other People
Tim Roth, Chronic

BEST ACTRESS
Annette Bening, 20th Century Women
Isabelle Huppert, Elle
Sasha Lane, American Honey
Ruth Negga, Loving
Natalie Portman, Jackie

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
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 ACTRESS
Edwina Findley, Free In Deed
Paulina Garcia, Little Men
Lily Gladstone, Certain Women
Riley Keough, American Honey
Molly Shannon, Other People

BEST SCREENPLAY
Hell or High Water
Little Men
Manchester by the Sea
Moonlight
20th Century Women

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Ava Berkofsky, Free In Deed
Lol Crawley, The Childhood of a Leader
Zach Kuperstein, The Eyes of My Mother
James Laxton, Moonlight
Robbie Ryan, American Honey

BEST FILM EDITING
Matthew Hannam, Swiss Army Man
Jennifer Lame, Manchester by the Sea
Joi McMillon, Nat Sanders, Moonlight
Jake Roberts, Hell or High Water
Sebastián Sepúlveda, Jackie

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

BEST INTERNATIONAL PICTURE
Aquarius (Brazil)
Chevalier (Greece)
My Golden Days (France)
Toni Erdmann (Germany and Romania)
Under the Shadow (Iran and U.K.)

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

BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY
Barry
Christine
Jean of the Joneses
Other People
The Witch

JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD (best feature made for under $500,000)
Free In Deed
Hunter Gatherer
Lovesong
Nakom
Spa Night

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Kurt Halfyard
Admin

No Rebecca Hall for CHRISTINE? Fail.

My vote would be for Isabelle Huppert for ELLE, with Ruth Negga (LOVING) a very close second. I’ve not seen Jackie, but I cannot believe that Natalie Portman’s performance could edge into the territory of those first two.

Marina Antunes
Admin

I’d hold onto that assertion until after you’ve seen Jackie. It’s spectacular stuff.

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