American Honey, Moonlight lead noms for Independent Spirit Awards

American Honey leads Independent Spirit Awards nominations

The red carpets are ready to roll out and film fans are anxious to learn which pictures will pick up the top prizes. Awards season is approaching.

Nominees for the 32nd annual Independent Spirit Awards were announced Tuesday, Nov. 22, and the critically acclaimed American Honey and Moonlight lead the charge.

Andrea Arnold’s road drama and Barry Jenkins’ intimate coming-of-age tale were honored with six nominations each. Kenneth Lonergan‘s drama Manchester by the Sea with Casey Affleck followed closely with five nods, while the Natalie Portman-led Jackie scored four.

Along with Casey and Natalie, who both earned recognition for their work this year, award season veterans — including Annette Bening (20th Century Women), Isabelle Huppert (Elle), Viggo Mortensen (Captain Fantastic) and Ralph Fiennes (A Bigger Splash) — were also nominated for their respective films.

First-time nominees include Sasha Lane (American Honey), Ruth Negga (Loving), Ben Foster (Hell or High Water), Lucas Hedges (Manchester by the Sea) and Shia LaBeouf (American Honey).

Michelle Williams (Manchester by the Sea), Joel Edgerton (Loving), Adam Driver (Paterson), Jeff Bridges (Hell or High Water) and Rebecca Hall (Christine) were among the surprise snubs.

The Independent Spirit Awards will be handed out Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017, the day before the Oscars.

Check out the full list of nominations below.

Which films and/or stars are you most pleased to see on the list? Let us know! ~Matthew Pariselli

BEST FEATURE
Moonlight
Jackie
Manchester by the Sea
American Honey
Chronic

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)

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

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

BEST DIRECTOR
Andrea Arnold (American Honey)
Barry Jenkins (Moonlight)
Pablo Larrain (Jackie)
Jeff Nichols (Loving)
Kelly Reichardt (Certain Women)

BEST SCREENPLAY
Barry Jenkins (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)
Sebastián Sepúlveda (Jackie)

ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD
Moonlight

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

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

20th ANNUAL PIAGET PRODUCERS AWARD
Lisa Kjerulff
Jordana Mollick
Melody C. Roscher & Craig Shilowich

23rd ANNUAL KIEHL’S SOMEONE TO WATCH AWARD
Andrew Ahn (Spa Night)
Claire Carré (Embers)
Anna Rose Holmer (The Fits)
Ingrid Jungermann (Women Who Kill)

22nd TRUER THAN FICTION AWARD
Kristi Jacobson (Solitary)
Sara Jordenö (Kiki)
Nanfu Wang (Hooligan Sparrow)

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Comments & Discussion

  1. Betsy • November 23, 2016 @ 5:27 PM

    I’m surprised none of the actors in Moonlight were nominated. But I’m really happy for Annette Bening and Isabelle Huppert!

  2. Jerry • December 21, 2016 @ 6:38 PM

    Moonlight good film. Don’t miss it.

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