2017 Indie Spirit Awards nominees are announced

"Manchester by the Sea," "Moonlight" and "American Honey" were on the Independent Spirit Awards' best picture list as Film Independent announced its 2017 nominees Tuesday morning in Hollywood.

“Chronic” and “Jackie” rounded out the feature field, and “O.J.: Made in America” was among the titles up for best documentary. 

“Moonlight” was also selected to receive the Robert Altman Award, in honor of the director who was known for assembling outstanding ensemble casts. The prize will go to the cast as well as casting director Yesi Ramirez and director Barry Jenkins.

Introduced by Film Independent President Josh Welsh, actors Jenny Slate and Edgar Ramirez announced the nominees at the W Hotel. 

"Now more than ever, the voices of independent artists play a critically important role in our culture,” Welsh said. “The films we celebrate at this year’s Spirit Awards embody the diversity, innovation and uniqueness of vision that we champion all yearlong."

The full list of nominees: 

FEATURE

“American Honey”

“Chronic”

“Jackie”

“Manchester by the Sea”

“Moonlight”

FIRST FEATURE

“The Childhood of a Leader”

“The Fits”

“Other People”

“Swiss Army Man”

“The Witch”

JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD (best feature made for less than $500,000)

“Free in Deed”

“Hunter Gatherer"

“Lovesong”

“Nakom”

“Spa Night”

DIRECTOR

Andrea Arnold, “American Honey”

Barry Jenkins, “Moonlight”

Pablo Larraín, “Jackie” 

Jeff Nichols, “Loving”

Kelly Reichert, “Certain Women”

SCREENPLAY

Barry Jenkins, story by Tarell Alvin McCraney, “Moonlight”

Kenneth Lonergan, “Manchester by the Sea”

Mike Mills, “20th Century Women”

Ira Sachs and Mauricio Zacharias, “Little Men”

Taylor Sheridan, “Hell or High Water”

FIRST SCREENPLAY

Robert Eggers, “The Witch”

Chris Kelly, “Other People”

Adam Mansbach, “Barry”

Stella Meghie, “Jean of the Joneses”

Craig Shilowich, “Christine”

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”

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”

FEMALE LEAD

Annette Bening, “20th Century Women”

Isabelle Huppert, “Elle”

Sasha Lane, “American Honey”

Ruth Negga, “Loving”

Natalie Portman, “Jackie”

MALE LEAD

Casey Affleck, “Manchester by the Sea”

David Harewood, “Free In Deed”

Viggo Mortensen, “Captain Fantastic”

Jesse Plemons, “Other People”

Tim Roth, “Chronic”

SUPPORTING FEMALE

Edwina Findley, “Free In Deed”

Paulina Garcia, “Little Men”

Lily Gladstone, “Certain Women”

Riley Keough, “American Honey”

Molly Shannon, “Other People”

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

“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

DOCUMENTARY

“13th” 

“Cameraperson”

“I Am Not Your Negro” 

“O.J.: Made in America”

“Sonita”

“Under the Sun”

INTERNATIONAL FILM

“Aquarius” (Brazil)

“Chevalier” (Greece)

“My Golden Days” (France)

“Toni Erdmann” (Germany and Romania)

“Under the Shadow” (Iran and U.K.)

20th PIAGET PRODUCERS AWARD

Lisa Kjerulff

Jordana Mollick

Melody C. Roscher & Craig Shilowich

23rd KIEHL’S SOMEONE TO WATCH AWARD

Andrew Ahn, director, “Spa Night”

Claire Carré, director, “Embers”

Anna Rose Holmer, director, “The Fits”

Ingrid Jungermann, director, “Women Who Kill”

22nd TRUER THAN FICTION AWARD

Kristi Jacobson, director, “Solitary”

Nanfu Wang, director, “Hooligan Sparrow”

 

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