“Moonlight” leads Independent Spirit Award Nominations

Moonlight and American Honey were the leaders of the Independent Spirit Award nominations with a total of 6 nods each. Manchester By The Sea trailed behind with 5 while Jackie raked in 4.

Moonlight missed out in categories such as Best Supporting Male (Mahershala Ali, Andre Holland, or any of the actors who played Chiron) and Best Supporting Female (Naomie Harris and Janelle Monáe). The entire cast, however, is being recognized with the Robert Altman Award, which will also honor director/writer Barry Jenkins. The cast’s inclusion in this award bars them from being nominated in the separate acting categories.

Best Actress features four of the five presumed frontrunners for the Oscars, with only Emma Stone being absent (La La Land is probably not eligible here). This is probably Natalie Portman’s to lose, while Huppert has a nice boost to land her first ever career nomination.

Best Actor, on the other hand, features only one of the frontrunners; Casey Affleck will most likely be taking this one. Machester‘s Lucas Hedges and Other People‘s Molly Shannon got a nice boost to their campaigns with notices in the Supporting categories.

Take a look at the full list of nominations 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

Robert Altman Award

Barry Jenkins, and the cast of Moonlight (Mahershala Ali, Patrick Decile, Naomie Harris, Alex Hibbert, André Holland, Jharrel Jerome, Janelle Monáe, Jaden Piner, Trevante Rhodes, Ashton Sanders)

Best Director:

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

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, Machester 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 LeBeouf, American Honey
  • Craig Robinson, Morris from America

Best Screenplay:

  • Berry 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
  • Sebastían Sepúlveda, Jackie

Best Documentary:

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