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IFP announced the nominations for the 33rd Film Independent Spirit Awards with Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me By Your Name, Sean Baker’s The Florida Project, Jordan Peele’s Get Out, Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird and Chloé Zhao’s The Rider being picked for the Best Picture category.
Four of the above five directors also received nominations for Best Director with Greta Gerwig being overlooked in favor of A Ciambra‘s Jonas Carpignano and Benny and Josh Safdie, the directors of Good Time.
Oddly, Lady Bird, Gerwig’s first feature, wasn’t nominated in that category, although its screenplay was nominated, as well as its star Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf, who plays her mother, in the supporting category.
Although Call Me By Your Name received six nominations, actor Michael Stuhlbarg was overlooked in favor of Armie Hammer in the supporting category, and its screenplay was also ignored.
Neon’s upcoming I, Tonya received multiple nominations, the expected ones for actors Margot Robbie and Allison Janney, and also an editing nomination.
Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri also received a screenplay nomination, a female lead nom for Frances McDormand and supporting nom for Sam Rockwell.
Jordan Peele’s Get Out is the highest grossing among the nominees, having grossed $175 million in North America alone. Peele received separate nominations for his direction and screenplay while actor Daniel Kaluuya was nominated in the Lead Male category.
Chloé Zhao’s The Rider is one of the nice surprises among the nominations because it’s one of the few films that won’t be released theatrically in this calendar year. (One expects that Sony Classics is giving it an awards run.)
Sadly, Geremy Jasper’s Sundance fave Patti Cake$ only received one nomination in the Best First Feature category.
Dee Rees’ Mudbound, which was released on Netflix this past Friday, will receive the coveted Robert Altman award, which goes to the director, casting director and cast of the selected film.
While overlap between the Independent Spirits and the Oscars is inevitable, the latter has a lot more studio-supported films that exceed the Indie Spirits’ $20 million budget cap. That said, the last four IFP winners – Moonlight, Spotlight, Birdman and 12 Years a Slave — all went on to win Best Picture the next night.
The IFP Independent Spirits will air on Saturday, March 3, hosted by
You can read the entire list of nominees below:
Call Me by Your Name
The Florida Project
BEST FIRST FEATURE
Ingrid Goes West
Director: Matt Spicer
Director/Producer: Joshua Z. Weinstein
Director/Producer: Atsuko Hirayanagi
Director: Geremy Jasper
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.)
Writer/Director/Producer: Amman Abbasi
A Ghost Story
Writer/Director: David Lowery
Life and nothing more
Writer/Director: Antonio Méndez Esparza
Most Beautiful Island
Writer/Director/Producer: Ana Asensio
Writer/Director: Michael O’Shea
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
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 – Donald Cried
Emily V. Gordon,Kumail Nanjiani – The Big Sick
Ingrid Jungermann – Women Who Kill
Kogonada – Columbus
David Branson Smith,Matt Spicer – Ingrid Goes West
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
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 FEMALE LEAD
Salma Hayek – Beatriz at Dinner
Frances McDormand – Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri
Margot Robbie – I, Tonya
Saoirse Ronan – Lady Bird
Shinobu Terajima – Oh Lucy!
Regina Williams – Life and nothing more
BEST MALE LEAD
Timothée Chalamet – Call Me by Your Name
Harris Dickinson – Beach Rats
James Franco – The Disaster Artist
Daniel Kaluuya – Get Out
Robert Pattinson – 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 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
ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD – Given to one film’s director, casting director and ensemble cast
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
Director/Producer: Lana Wilson
Directors: Agnés Varda, JR
Producer: Rosalie Varda
Last Men in Aleppo
Director: Feras Fayyad
Producers: Kareem Abeed, Søeren Steen Jespersen, Stefan Kloos
Director/Producer: Ramona S. Diaz
Producer: Rey Cuerdo
Director: Jonathan Olshefski
Producer: Sabrina Schmidt Gordon
BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM
BPM (Beats Per Minute)
Director: Robin Campillo
A Fantastic Woman
Director: Sebastián Lelio
I Am Not a Witch
Director: Rungano Nyoni
Director: William Oldroyd
Director: Andrey Zvyagintsev
BONNIE AWARD – 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.
So Yong Kim
JEEP TRUER THAN FICTION AWARD – The 23rd annual Truer Than Fiction Award, funded by the Jeep brand, 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 funded by the Jeep brand.
Shevaun Mizrahi, Distant Constellation
Jonathan Olshefski. Quest
Jeff Unay, The Cage Fighter
KIEHL’S SOMEONE TO WATCH AWARD – The 24th annual Someone to Watch Award, funded 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.
Amman Abbasi, Dayveon
Justin Chon, Gook
Kevin Phillips, Super Dark Times
PIAGET PRODUCERS AWARD – The 21st annual Producers Award, funded 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.
Giulia Caruso & Ki Jin Kim
Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor