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Spirit Awards Tue 11.21.2017

Drumroll. And the 2018 Film Independent Spirit Award Nominees are…

The past couple months of entertainment news have not been the cheeriest, to say the least. But as the necessary work of righting longstanding injustices continues, the importance of elevating new and diverse voices inside the film industry remains. And while awards shows may seem like small potatoes in the face of larger global events, the fact remains: championing creative independence and supporting a diverse community of unique, innovative artists remains vitally important—sowing the seeds via pop culture of a better, more equitable future.

So! With that in mind, we’re honored to announce our nominees for the 2018 Film Independent Spirit Awards, unveiled this morning at The Jeremy hotel in West Hollywood by presenters Lily Collins (To the Bone, Okja, Rules Don’t Apply) and Tessa Thompson (Dear White People, Creed, Thor: Ragnarok). Once again, this year’s Spirit Award nominees represent a true uniqueness of vision and innovation in visual storytelling. They are:

 

BEST FEATURE

 

CALL ME BY YOUR NAME

PRODUCERS: Peter Spears, Luca Guadagnino, Emilie Georges, Rodgrigo Teixeira, Marco Morabito, James Ivory, Howard Rosenman

THE FLORIDA PROJECT

PRODUCERS: Sean Baker, Chris Bergoch, Kevin Chinoy, Andrew Duncan, Alex Saks, Francesca Silvestri, Shih-Ching Tsou

GET OUT

PRODUCERS: Jason Blum, Edward H. Hamm Jr., Sean McKittrick, Jordan Peele

LADY BIRD

PRODUCERS: Eli Bush, Evelyn O’Neill, Scott Rudin

THE RIDER

PRODUCERS: Mollye Asher, Bert Hamelinck,Sacha Ben Harroche, Chloé Zhao

(Award given to the producer)

 

BEST FIRST FEATURE

 

COLUMBUS

DIRECTOR: Kogonada

PRODUCERS: Danielle Renfrew Behrens, Aaron Boyd, Giulia Caruso, Ki Jin Kim, Andrew Miano, Chris Weitz

INGRID GOES WEST

DIRECTOR: Matt Spicer

PRODUCERS: Jared Goldman, Adam Mirels, Robert Mirels, Aubrey Plaza, Tim White, Trevor White

MENASHE

DIRECTOR: Joshua Z. Weinstein

PRODUCERS: Yoni Brook, Traci Carlson, Daniel Finkelman, Alex Lipschultz

OH LUCY!

DIRECTOR: Atsuko Hirayanagi

PRODUCERS: Jessica Elbaum, Yukie Kito, Han West

PATTI CAKE$

DIRECTOR: Geremy Jasper

PRODUCERS: Chris Columbus, Michael Gottwald, Dan Janvey, Daniela Taplin Lundberg, Noah Stahl, Rodrigo Teixeira

(Award given to the producer and director)

 

BEST DIRECTOR

 

Sean Baker, The Florida Project

Jonas Carpignano, A Ciambra

Luca Guadagnino, Call Me by Your Name

Jordan Peele, Get Out

Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie, Good Time

Chloé Zhao, The Rider

 

BEST SCREENPLAY

 

Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird

Azazel Jacobs, The Lovers

Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

Jordan Peele, Get Out

Mike White, Beatriz at Dinner

 

BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY

 

Kris Avedisian, Kyle Espeleta (story by), Jesse Wakeman (story by), Donald Cried

Emily V. Gordon, Kumail Nanjiani, The Big Sick

Ingrid Jungermann, Women Who Kill

Kogonada, Columbus

David Smith, Matt Spicer, Ingrid Goes West

 

JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD

 

DAYVEON

WRITER/DIRECTOR/PRODUCER: Amman Abbasi

WRITER: Steven Reneau

PRODUCERS: Lachion Buckingham, Alexander Uhlmann

A GHOST STORY

WRITER/DIRECTOR: David Lowery

PRODUCERS: Adam Donaghey, Toby Halbrooks, James M. Johnston

LIFE AND NOTHING MORE

WRITER/DIRECTOR: Antonio Méndez Esparza

PRODUCERS: Amadeo Hernández Bueno, Alvaro Portanet Hernández, Pedro Hernández Santos

MOST BEAUTIFUL ISLAND

WRITER/DIRECTOR/PRODUCER: Ana Asensio

PRODUCERS: Larry Fessenden, Noah Greenberg, Chadd Harbold, Jenn Wexler

THE TRANSFIGURATION

WRITER/DIRECTOR: Michael O’Shea

PRODUCER: Susan Leber

(Award given to the best feature made for under $500,000; given to the writer, director and producer)

 

BEST MALE LEAD

 

Harris Dickinson, Beach Rats

Timothée Chalamet, Call Me by Your Name

Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out

Robert Pattinson, Good Time

James Franco, The Disaster Artist

 

BEST FEMALE LEAD

 

Salma Hayek Pinault, Beatriz at Dinner

Frances McDormand, Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

Margot Robbie, I, Tonya

Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird

Regina Williams, Life and Nothing More

Shinobu Terajima, Oh Lucy!

 

BEST SUPPORTING MALE

 

Nnamdi Asomugha, Crown Heights

Armie Hammer, Call Me by Your Name

Barry Keoghan, The Killing of a Sacred Deer

Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

Benny Safdie, Good Time

 

BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE

 

Holly Hunter, The Big Sick

Allison Janney, I, Tonya

Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird

Lois Smith, Marjorie Prime

Taliah Lennice Webster, Good Time

 

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

 

Thimios Bakatakis, The Killing of a Sacred Deer

Elisha Christian, Columbus

Hélène Louvart, Beach Rats

Sayombhu Mukdeeprom, Call Me by Your Name

Joshua James Richards, The Rider

 

BEST EDITING

 

Ronald Bronstein, Benny Safdie, Good Time

Walter Fasano, Call Me by Your Name

Alex O’Flinn, The Rider

Gregory Plotkin, Get Out

Tatiana S. Riegel, I, Tonya

 

BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM

 

BPM (BEATS PER MINUTE) (France)

DIRECTOR: Robin Campillo

A FANTASTIC WOMAN (Chile)

DIRECTOR: Sebastián Lelio

I AM NOT A WITCH (UK)

DIRECTOR: Rungano Nyoni

LADY MACBETH (UK)

DIRECTOR: William Oldroyd

LOVELESS (Russia)

DIRECTOR: Andrey Zvyagintsev

 

BEST DOCUMENTARY

 

THE DEPARTURE

DIRECTOR/PRODUCER: Lana Wilson

FACES PLACES

DIRECTORS: Agnés Varda, JR

PRODUCER: Rosalie Varda

LAST MEN IN ALEPPO

DIRECTOR: Feras Fayyad

PRODUCERS: Kareem Abeed, Steen Jespersen, Stefan Kloos

MOTHERLAND

DIRECTOR/PRODUCER: Ramona S. Diaz

PRODUCER: Rey Cuerdo

QUEST

DIRECTOR: Jonathan Olshefski

PRODUCER: Sabrina Schmidt Gordon

(Award given to the director and producer)

 

ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD

 

MUDBOUND

DIRECTOR: Dee Rees

CASTING DIRECTORS: Billy Hopkins, Ashley Ingram

ENSEMBLE CAST: Jonathan Banks, Mary J. Blige, Jason Clarke, Garrett Hedlund, Jason Mitchell, Rob Morgan, Carey Mulligan

(Award given to one film’s director, casting director and ensemble cast)

 

JEEP TRUER THAN FICTION AWARD

 

THE CAGE FIGHTER

DIRECTOR: Jeff Unay

DISTANT CONSTELLATION           

DIRECTOR: Shevaun Mizrahi

QUEST

DIRECTOR: Jonathan Olshefski

(The Truer Than Fiction Award, now in its 23rd year, is presented to an emerging director of non-fiction features who has not yet received significant recognition. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant sponsored by the Jeep brand.) 

 

KIEHL’s SOMEONE TO WATCH AWARD

 

DAYVEON

DIRECTOR: Amman Abbasi

GOOK          

DIRECTOR: Justin Chon

SUPER DARK TIMES  

DIRECTOR: Kevin Phillips

(The Someone to Watch Award, now in its 24th year, recognizes a talented filmmaker of singular vision who has not yet received appropriate recognition. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant sponsored by Kiehl’s Since 1851.)

 

PIAGET PRODUCERS AWARD

          

Giulia Caruso & Ki Jin Kim

Ben LeClair

Summer Shelton

(The Producers Award, now in its 21st year, honors emerging producers who, despite highly limited resources demonstrate the creativity, tenacity and vision required to produce quality, independent films. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant sponsored by Piaget.)

 

AMERICAN AIRLINES BONNIE AWARD

               

So Yong Kim

Lynn Shelton

Chloé Zhao

(Bonnie Tiburzi Caputo joined American Airlines in 1973 at age 24, becoming the first female pilot to fly for a major U.S. airline. In her honor, the inaugural Bonnie Award will recognize a mid-career female director with a $50,000 unrestricted grant, sponsored by American Airlines.)

 

Watch this morning’s press conference in its entirety below:

Want more? Aim those insatiable eyeballs of yours at the highlights below, featuring even more from Collins and Thompson. And be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel all awards season long for more Spirit Awards coverage!

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  • Alex Meyer

    Good nominations overall, but why is Good Time on here so much?! That movie’s overrated as hell!!!

    • live_guest

      Only in your opinion. The majority seem to really like it. It was a fascinating, on the edge of your seat film. Haven’t seen on like it in a long time, hence, the nominations.

  • peggyatthemovies

    How Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri is not on BP list is questioning to me. Same with nothing for The Shape of Water.

    • Ray Anselmo

      Well, The Shape of Water is co-produced by Fox Searchlight …

      • peggyatthemovies

        thank you Ray – I thought they were just the distributors. I went to the Film Independent screening with Guillermo & the cast doing a Q & A – the entire film was made for 19 million and you won’t even notice it’s that low budget. It’s also a beautiful film.

  • Ray Anselmo

    Reading this list makes me hate my hometown a little. Stockton, CA has only 2 theaters (24 screens) owned by the same corporation, which means they largely show the same stuff. The only nominated films that have opened here are Get Out and The Big Sick. Thankfully I’ll be able to watch the others eventually because a) I have Netflix and b) a few will get January/February releases here once they get Oscar noms for Best Picture (that was how I finally got to see Lion this year). But for the present, it kind of blows.

    • Wil Masisak

      Don’t feel bad… I live in Los Angeles, work in the industry, went to Sundance and numerous Film Independent events… and I’ve only seen 5 of the nominated films (parts of two others).

    • leilakin

      Ingrid Goes West is available to watch on Amazon. If you join Film Independent, you also get to vote on and view all of the movies for the Independent Film Spirit Awards. IFC will send you blurays, dvds, or streaming login info for all of the movies nominated.

      • leilakin

        Oh, and Beatriz at Dinner is available right now on Demand. I’m watching it via Comcast/Xnfinity on my tv at home right now!

  • leilakin

    Disappointed that only 8 nominations are for Women Directors out of 31 nominations for directors. This is part of the problem in our culture, and across the world right now: we need to have equal representation of women’s stories, women told stories, and women directed stories. Too many of the movies written and directed by men do not adequately represent healthy views and representations of women. Also, why aren’t the films nominated available and shown in the IFC channel so that more people can see them? #DirectedbyWomen

    • Mandi

      How about equal representation for a film nomination for just being…a good film? The idea that it must be 50/50, I am totally getting tired of as an excuse. This is not to claim that women and minorities should not get notice, but realize the other side of the spectrum that they too make terrible films just as much as men and non-minorities. I believe that Film Independent has always been fair in film and have been one of the first to give Women and Minority film projects (backing, workshops, etc.), and DO open the field for nominees from all over that do get nominations and awards, so. And because they did, the Academy HAD to notice what is out there. I commend Film Independent and reject the notion that Women Directors/Films have to be because ..it HAS to be. JMO.

      • Jacob

        Your comments are laced with racist undertones. This part is especially egregious: “This is not to claim that women and minorities should not get notice, but realize the other side of the spectrum…”

        • Mandi

          And this is another thing..I am sure you have no idea what the definition of racist is, and you just came on here to continue a negative tone. It is your point of view in making the statement seem negative. It is not. And I have been a member of Film Independent back when it was IFP, Women In Film and AFI and I will stand by my post, Jacob. As a woman, I know. As someone who worked with these fine organizations, I know. As a woman who sees women and minorities every single moment of the day create and pitch their projects for all to see, I know. And for someone who knows help HARD Film Independent works to promote the works of women and minorities, who give scholarships, grants, workshops, acting spaces, access to others, etc, I know, and that is why my comment to the OP, ‘leakin’ was the way it was. No maliciousness intended, but to understand how hard these folks work to hae gotten the 31 upfront and center, where other organizations do not.

          And it is my opinion that is stated above via what I know and have had hands on experience in and worked with for over 20 years. So please, I am sick of the negativity, I am sick of the bad online comprehension skills, and I am sick of the assumptions. So let me be clear: My point is — not everyone who makes a film can be nominated. Not all films nominated meet with the approval of the public, and always the pubic presents varying views on artistic film works.

          Women and Minorities have come very far in the past 20 years in this industry above and below the lines, not far enough okay — but I feel it is an injustice to immediately go towards the negative (Only X amount of women and minorities didn’t get nominated ) instead of celebrating the positive (x amount of women AND minorities DID get nominated), and someone break into the conversation to push an agenda that is not needed or warranted here.

        • FungusMossGnosis

          Jacob, your comment is slathered with lack of reading comprehension and straw man attacks.
          Are you suggesting it’s appropriate for awards shows (which are allegedly about celebrating artistic excellence in a given medium) should be more concerned with fulfilling quotas of diversity than recognizing actual high achievement regardless of who made it?
          Last year Mahershala Ali said he’d hate to think he was nominated mainly because he was black. In his case he wasn’t, he rightly won because he was the best actor in that category. Nevertheless, one would be fooling themselves to deny that there’s forced diversity sometimes which is insulting to everyone who cares about actual quality.
          Diversity is vital, and should come naturally in all forms and aspects of life. Forcing token representation is a poor substitute for the major social changes that need to occur to overcome systemic racism and white supremacy in American business structures.

      • FungusMossGnosis

        Mandi, how about that fact that Awards presentations have traditionally split the performances for gender 50/50, is that not every bit as egregious an example of meaningless token representation? And rather condescending as if to suggest that women wouldn’t have a chance at making the Acting cut unless they had their own category.
        In this age of hyper-consciousness of gender fluidity, trans rights and such, I’m surprised nobody’s made an #OscarsSoBinary type protest yet.

  • tlbuffin

    No Best Film nomination for Three Billboards? No Screenplay nomination for Call Me By Your Name? Please!

  • FungusMossGnosis

    I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore is better than most of this trash. No, actually, I haven’t seen most of the nominated movies here still, I’m just disappointed that I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore didn’t get any nods.
    And as usual it’s annoying to see Frederick Wiseman and Barbara Kopple get snubbed once more in the documentary category. They’re our two greatest living documentary filmmakers. At least they got Agnes Varda up there!