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The Independent Spirit Awards may have trouble finding 95,000 people to watch their broadcast on IFC next February. Their nominees today swung from prior years’ Oscar overlaps to movies almost no one has seen. They gave their Robert Altman Award to “Suspiria,” a movie literally no one has seen and doesn’t deserve it under any circumstances. Altman must be rolling in his grave. What a mess. Their most nominated film, “We the Animals,” made $400,000 this summer.

Yikes! No wonder Film Independent shut down the LA Film Festival. To quote Lynn Ramsay: “you were never really here.”

BEST FEATURE

Eighth Grade

First Reformed

If Beale Street Could Talk

Leave No Trace

You Were Never Really Here

BEST FIRST FEATURE

Hereditary 

Sorry to Bother You

The Tale

We the Animals

Wildlife

BEST FEMALE LEAD

Glenn Close, The Wife

Toni Collette, Hereditary 

Elsie Fisher, Eighth Grade

Regina Hall, Support the Girls

Helena Howard, Madeline’s Madeline 

Carey Mulligan, Wildlife 

Sony

BEST MALE LEAD

John Cho, Searching

Daveed Diggs, Blindspotting

Ethan Hawke, First Reformed 

Christian Malheiros, Socrates

Joaquin Phoenix, You Were Never Really Here

BEST DIRECTOR

Leave No Trace

Sundance

Debra Granik, Leave No Trace 

Barry Jenkins, If Beale Street Could Talk 

Tamara Jenkins, Private Life

Lynne Ramsay, You Were Never Really Here

Paul Schrader, First Reformed

BEST DOCUMENTARY

Hale County This Morning, This Evening

Minding the Gap

Of Fathers and Sons

On Her Shoulders

Shirkers

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

BEST SUPPORTING MALE

Raúl Castillo, We the Animals 

Adam Driver, BlacKkKlansman

Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Josh Hamilton, Eighth Grade

John David Washington, Monsters and Men 

Sorry To Bother You

Sundance

BEST SCREENPLAY

Richard Glatzer (Writer/Story By), Rebecca Lenkiewicz & Wash Westmoreland, Colette

Nicole Holofcener & Jeff Whitty, Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Tamara Jenkins, Private Life

Boots Riley, Sorry to Bother You

Paul Schrader, First Reformed

ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD

Suspiria

BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY

Bo Burnham, Eighth Grade 

Christina Choe, Nancy

Cory Finley,  Thoroughbreds 

Jennifer Fox, The Tale 

Quinn Shephard (Writer/Story By) and Laurie Shephard (Story By), Blame

BEST EDITING

Joe Bini, You Were Never Really Here 

Keiko Deguchi, Brian A. Kates & Jeremiah Zagar, We the Animals

Luke Dunkley, Nick Fenton, Chris Gill & Julian Hart, American Animals

Anne Fabini, Alex Hall and Gary Levy, The Tale

Nick Houy, Mid90s


BONNIE AWARD

Debra Granik

Tamara Jenkins

Karyn Kusama



Roma

Netflix

BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM

Burning (South Korea)

The Favourite  (United Kingdom)

Happy as Lazzaro (Italy)

Roma (Mexico)

Shoplifters (Japan)

JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD

A Bread Factory

En el Septimo Dia

Never Goin’ Back 

Socrates

Thunder Road

BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE

Kayli Carter, PRIVATE LIFE

Tyne Daly, A BREAD FACTORY

Regina King, IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK

Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie, LEAVE NO TRACE

J. Smith-Cameron, NANCY

‘Suspiria’

Amazon

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Ashley Connor, Madeline’s Madeline 

Diego Garcia, Wildlife

Benjamin Loeb, Mandy

Sayombhu Mukdeeprom, Suspiria

Zak Mulligan, We the Animals

 

PRODUCERS AWARD – The 22nd annual Producers Award 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.

Jonathan Duffy and Kelly Williams

Gabrielle Nadig

Shrihari Sathe

SOMEONE TO WATCH AWARD – The 25th annual Someone to Watch Award recognizes a talented filmmaker of singular vision who has not yet received appropriate recognition. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant.

Alex Moratto

Director of Sócrates

Ioana Uricaru

Director of Lemonade

Jeremiah Zagar

Director of We the Animals

TRUER THAN FICTION AWARD – The 24th 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.

Alexandria Bombach

Director of On Her Shoulders

Bing Liu

Director of Minding the Gap

RaMell Ross

Director of Hale County This Morning, This Evening

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