Independent Spirit Awards: 'Moonlight,' 'American Honey' Score Leading 6 Nominations Each

The Hollywood Reporter
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'Moonlight' (Photo: David Bornfriend/A24)

 

American Honey and Moonlight scored a leading six nominations each as Film Independent today announced the nominations for its 2017 Spirit Awards. Kenneth Lonergan's Manchester By the Sea came in second with five nominations. Other People, Jackie and Free in Deed each earned four nominations.

The nominees, celebrating the best of independent film, were revealed at a press conference hosted by Edgar Ramirez and Jenny Slate.

American Honey, Moonlight, Manchester By The Sea and Jackie will all face off in the best feature category along with Chronic.

Although Moonlight didn't score any acting nominations, it was selected to receive the Robert Altman Award given to one film's director, casting director and ensemble cast. Its writer-director Barry Jenkins also is up for best director and best screenplay. The film's final two nominations come in the categories of best cinematography and editing.

American Honey, which follows a group of teenagers as they drift across the country selling magazine subscriptions, will face off against Moonlight, which looks at the life of a young black man growing up in a tough Miami neighborhood, in the categories of best director (Andrea Arnold), cinematography and editing. American Honey also earned nominations for best female lead (Sasha Lane), best supporting male (Shia LaBeouf) and best supporting female (Riley Keough).

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Joining American Honey and Moonlight's helmers in the best director category are Jackie's Pablo Larrain, Loving's Jeff Nichols and Certain Women's Kelly Reichardt

In addition to best feature, Manchester is nominated for best editing, best male lead (Casey Affleck), best screenplay and best supporting male (Lucas Hedges).

Jackie also got a best editing nomination as well as one for star Natalie Portman, who's up for best female lead for her portrayal of Jacqueline Kennedy.

Other People is nominated for best first feature and best first screenplay for writer Chris Kelly and stars Jesse Plemons and Molly Shannon are up for best male lead and supporting female respectively.

Free in Deed is also competing in the cinematography, male lead and supporting female categories and was nominated for the John Cassavetes Award given to the best feature made for under $500,000.

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Hell or High Water scored three nominations with the following films earning two nominations each: 20th Century Women, Certain Women, The Childhood of a Leader, Chronic, The Fits, Little Men, Loving, Spa Night, Swiss Army Man and The Witch.

The documentary O.J.: Made in America had a big Tuesday scoring a Spirit award nomination as well as one for a Producers Guild award, as the PGA announced its documentary nominees today as well.

The nominations marked a major victory for four-year old A24, which released both Moonlight and American Honey as well as 20th Century Women, Morris from America, Swiss Army Man and The Witch, as it racked up a total of 19 nominations. Amazon Studios, Fox Searchlight, Magnolia and Vertical Entertainment each had five nominations.

A number of movies were deemed ineligible for Spirit Award nominations, including Oscar frontrunner La La Land as well as Focus Features' Nocturnal Animals and A Monster Calls.

After three years in which the nominees leaked early, this year the finalists remained under wraps until they were scheduled to be unveiled at 10 am PT.

The 32nd Film Independent Spirit Awards will air live on IFC on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017 at 2 p.m. PT and 5 p.m. ET. As usual, the show will be held in a tent on the beach in Santa Monica, just north of the Santa Monica Pier.

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A full list of this year's nominees follows.

BEST FEATURE (Award given to the producer. Executive Producers are not awarded.)

American Honey

Producers: Thomas Benski, Jay Van Hoy, Lars Knudsen, Lucas Ochoa, Pouya Shahbazian, Alice Weinberg

 

Chronic

Producers: Michel Franco, Gina Kwon, Gabriel Ripstein, Moisés Zonana

 

Jackie

Producers: Darren Aronofsky, Scott Franklin, Ari Handel, Juan de Dios Larraín,    Mickey Liddell

 

Manchester by the Sea

Producers: Lauren Beck, Matt Damon, Chris Moore, Kimberly Steward, Kevin J. Walsh

 

Moonlight

Producers: Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Adele Romanski

  

BEST FIRST FEATURE (Award given to the director and producer)

The Childhood of a Leader

Director: Brady Corbet

Producers: Antoine de Clermont-Tonnerre, Chris Coen, Ron Curtis, Helena Danielsson, Mona Fastvold, István Major

 

The Fits

Director/Producer: Anna Rose Holmer

Producer: Lisa Kjerulff

 

Other People

Director: Chris Kelly

Producers: Sam Bisbee, Adam Scott, Naomi Scott

 

Swiss Army Man

Directors: Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert

Producers: Miranda Bailey, Lawrence Inglee, Lauren Mann, Amanda Marshall, Eyal Rimmon, Jonathan Wang

 

The Witch

Director: Robert Eggers

Producers: Daniel Bekerman, Jay Van Hoy, Lars Knudsen, Jodi Redmond, Rodrigo Teixeira

 

JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD - Given to the best feature made for under $500,000.  Award given to the writer, director and producer.  Executive Producers are not awarded.

Free In Deed

Writer/Director: Jake Mahaffy

Producers: Mike Bowes, Mike S. Ryan, Brent Stiefel

 

Hunter Gatherer

Writer/Director: Josh Locy

Producers: Michael Covino, April Lamb, Sara Murphy, Isaiah Smallman

 

Lovesong

Writer/Director: So Yong Kim

Writer/Producer: Bradley Rust Gray

Producers: David Hansen, Alex Lipschultz, Johnny Mac

 

Nakom

Writer/Director/Producer: TW Pittman

Director/Producer: Kelly Daniela Norris

Writer/Producer: Isaac Adakudugu  

Producer: Giovanni Ximénez

 

Spa Night

Writer/Director: Andrew Ahn

Producers: David Ariniello, Giulia Caruso, Ki Jin Kim, Kelly Thomas

 

 

 

BEST DIRECTOR

Andrea Arnold

American Honey

 

Barry Jenkins

Moonlight

 

Pablo Larrain       

Jackie

 

Jeff Nichols

Loving

 

Kelly Reichardt

Certain Women

 

BEST SCREENPLAY

 

Barry Jenkins

Story By Tarell Alvin McCraney    

Moonlight

 

Kenneth Lonergan

Manchester by the Sea

 

Mike Mills

20th Century Women

 

Ira Sachs & Mauricio Zacharias

Little Men

 

Taylor Sheridan

Hell or High Water

 

BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY

Robert Eggers

The Witch

 

Chris Kelly

Other People

 

Adam Mansbach

Barry

 

Stella Meghie

Jean of the Joneses

 

Craig Shilowich

Christine

 

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 EDITING       

Matthew Hannam

Swiss Army Man

 

Jennifer Lame

Manchester by the Sea

 

Joi McMillon, Nat Sanders

Moonlight

 

Jake Roberts

Hell or High Water

 

Sebastian Sepulveda

Jackie

 

 

BEST FEMALE LEAD

Annette Bening

20th Century Women

 

Isabelle Huppert

Elle

 

Sasha Lane

American Honey

 

Ruth Negga

Loving

 

Natalie Portman

Jackie

 

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 SUPPORTING FEMALE 

 

Edwina Findley

Free In Deed

 

Paulina Garcia

Little Men

 

Lily Gladstone

Certain Women

 

Riley Keough

American Honey

 

Molly Shannon

Other People

 

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

 

 

 

ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD - (Given to one film's director, casting director and ensemble cast)

 

Moonlight

Director: Barry Jenkins

Casting Director: Yesi Ramirez

Ensemble Cast: Mahershala Ali, Patrick Decile, Naomie Harris, Alex Hibbert, André Holland, Jharrel Jerome, Janelle Monáe, Jaden Piner, Trevante Rhodes, Ashton Sanders

 

 

 

BEST DOCUMENTARY (Award given to the director and producer)

13th 

Director/Producer: Ava DuVernay 

Producers: Spencer Averick, Howard Barish 

 

Cameraperson

Director/Producer: Kirsten Johnson

Producer: Marilyn Ness

  

I Am Not Your Negro          

Director/Producer: Raoul Peck

Producers: Rémi Grellety, Hérbert Peck    

 

O.J.: Made in America

Director/Producer: Ezra Edelman

Producers: Nina Krstic, Tamara Rosenberg, Caroline Waterlow

 

Sonita

Director: Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami

Producer: Gerd Haag 

 

Under the Sun

Director: Vitaly Mansky

Producer: Natalya Manskaya

 

 

 

BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM (Award given to the director)

Aquarius 

(Brazil)

Director: Kleber Mendonça Filho          

 

Chevalier      

(Greece)

Director: Athina Tsangari 

 

My Golden Days

(France)

Director: Arnaud Desplechin

 

Toni Erdmann

(Germany and Romania)

 Director: Maren Ade

 

Under the Shadow  

(Iran and U.K.)

Director: Babak Anvari

20th ANNUAL PIAGET PRODUCERS AWARD - The 20th annual Producers Award, sponsored by Piaget, 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 funded by Piaget.

Lisa Kjerulff

Jordana Mollick

Melody C. Roscher & Craig Shilowich

 

23rd ANNUAL KIEHL'S SOMEONE TO WATCH AWARD - The 23rd annual Someone to Watch Award, sponsored by Kiehl's Since 1851, recognizes a talented filmmaker of singular vision who has not yet received appropriate recognition.  The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant funded by Kiehl's Since 1851.

Andrew Ahn 

Director of Spa Night

 

Claire Carré

Director of Embers   

  

Anna Rose Holmer

Director of The Fits

 

Ingrid Jungermann

Director of Women Who Kill

  

22nd TRUER THAN FICTION AWARD - The 22nd annual Truer Than Fiction Award 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.

 

Kristi Jacobson

Director of Solitary    

 

Sara Jordenö

Director of Kiki

 

Nanfu Wang

Director of Hooligan Sparrow

 

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