2017 Independent Spirit Award Nominees

12:04 PM 11/28/2016

by Hilary Lewis

'Manchester by the Sea' landed five noms, with 'Other People,' 'Jackie' and 'Free in Deed' racking up four mentions each.

Moonlight  Anatomy - Still - 6 - H - 2016
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Hibbert (left) with Ali, whom he credits with actually teaching him how to swim.

American Honey and Moonlight scored a leading six nominations each as Film Independent on Tuesday announced the nominations for its 2017 Spirit Awards. Kenneth Lonergan's Manchester by the Sea came in second with five nomsOther People, Jackie and Free in Deed each earned four mentions.

The nominees, celebrating the best of independent film, were revealed at a press conference hosted by Edgar Ramirez and Jenny Slate.

American Honey, Moonlight, Manchester by the Sea and Jackie all will face off in the best feature category, along with Chronic.

Although Moonlight didn't score any acting nominations, it was selected to receive the Robert Altman Award given to one film’s director, casting director and ensemble cast. Its writer-director Barry Jenkins also is up for best director and best screenplay. The film's final two nominations come in the categories of best cinematography and editing.

American Honey, which follows a group of teenagers as they drift across the country selling magazine subscriptions, will face off against Moonlight, which looks at the life of a young black man growing up in a tough Miami neighborhood, in the categories of best director (Andrea Arnold), cinematography and editing. American Honey also earned nominations for best female lead (Sasha Lane), best supporting male (Shia LaBeouf) and best supporting female (Riley Keough).

Joining American Honey and Moonlight's helmers in the best director category are Jackie's Pablo Larrain, Loving's Jeff Nichols and Certain Women's Kelly Reichardt

In addition to best feature, Manchester is nominated for best editing, best male lead (Casey Affleck), best screenplay and best supporting male (Lucas Hedges).

Jackie also got a best editing nomination, as well as one for star Natalie Portman, who's up for best female lead for her portrayal of Jacqueline Kennedy.

Other People is nominated for best first feature and best first screenplay for writer Chris Kelly, and stars Jesse Plemons and Molly Shannon are up for best male lead and supporting female, respectively.

Free in Deed also is competing in the cinematography, male lead and supporting female categories and was nominated for the John Cassavetes Award given to the best feature made for under $500,000.

Hell or High Water scored three nominations, with the following films earning two noms each: 20th Century Women, Certain Women, The Childhood of a Leader, Chronic, The Fits, Little Men, Loving, Spa Night, Swiss Army Man and The Witch.

The documentary O.J.: Made in America had a big day, scoring a Spirit award nomination as well as one for a Producers Guild Award, as the PGA also announced its documentary nominees on Tuesday.

The nominations marked a major victory for four-year-old A24, which released both Moonlight and American Honey, as well as 20th Century Women, Morris From America, Swiss Army Man and The Witch, racking up a total of 19 nominations. Amazon Studios, Fox Searchlight, Magnolia and Vertical Entertainment each had five noms.

A number of movies were deemed ineligible for Spirit Award nominations, including Oscar frontrunner La La Land, as well as Focus Features' Nocturnal Animals and A Monster Calls.

After three years in which the nominees leaked early, this year the finalists remained under wraps until the scheduled unveiling at 10 a.m. PT.

The 32nd Film Independent Spirit Awards will air live on IFC on Saturday, Feb. 25, at 2 p.m. PT/5 p.m. ET. As usual, the show will be held in a tent on the beach in Santa Monica, just north of the Santa Monica Pier.

A full list of this year's nominees follows.

  • Best Feature

    Moonlight (WINNER)
    Producers: Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Adele Romanski

    American Honey
    Producers: Thomas Benski, Jay Van Hoy, Lars Knudsen, Lucas Ochoa, Pouya Shahbazian, Alice Weinberg

    Producers: Michel Franco, Gina Kwon, Gabriel Ripstein, Moisés Zonana

    Producers: Darren Aronofsky, Scott Franklin, Ari Handel, Juan de Dios Larraín, Mickey Liddell

    Manchester by the Sea
    Producers: Lauren Beck, Matt Damon, Chris Moore, Kimberly Steward,
    Kevin J. Walsh

  • Best First Feature

    The Witch (WINNER)
    Director: Robert Eggers
    Producers: Daniel Bekerman, Jay Van Hoy, Lars Knudsen, Jodi Redmond, Rodrigo Teixeira

    The Childhood of a Leader
    Director: Brady Corbet
    Producers: Antoine de Clermont-Tonnerre, Chris Coen, Ron Curtis, Helena Danielsson, Mona Fastvold, Istvan Major

    The Fits
    Director/producer: Anna Rose Holmer
    Producer: Lisa Kjerulff

    Other People
    Director: Chris Kelly
    Producers: Sam Bisbee, Adam Scott, Naomi Scott 

    Swiss Army Man
    Directors: Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert
    Producers: Miranda Bailey, Lawrence Inglee, Lauren Mann, Amanda Marshall, Eyal Rimmon, Jonathan Wang

  • John Cassavetes Award

    Spa Night  (WINNER)
    Writer/director: Andrew Ahn
    Producers: David Ariniello, Giulia Caruso, Ki Jin Kim, Kelly Thomas

    Free in Deed
    Writer/director: Jake Mahaffy
    Producers: Mike Bowes, Mike S. Ryan, Brent Stiefel
    Hunter Gatherer
    Writer/director: Josh Locy
    Producers: Michael Covino, April Lamb, Sara Murphy, Isaiah Smallman
    Writer/director: So Yong Kim
    Writer/producer: Bradley Rust Gray
    Producers: David Hansen, Alex Lipschultz, Johnny Mac
    Writer/director/producer: TW Pittman
    Director/producer: Kelly Daniela Norris
    Writer/producer: Isaac Adakudugu  
    Producer: Giovanni Ximénez

  • Best Director

    Barry Jenkins (WINNER)

    Andrea Arnold
    American Honey

    Pablo Larrain

    Jeff Nichols

    Kelly Reichardt
    Certain Women

  • Best Screenplay

    Barry Jenkins, story by Tarell Alvin McCraney (WINNER)

    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 (WINNER)
    The Witch

    Chris Kelly
    Other People

    Adam Mansbach

    Stella Meghie
    Jean of the Joneses

    Craig Shilowich

  • Best Cinematography

    James Laxton (WINNER)

    Ava Berkofsky
    Free In Deed

    Lol Crawley
    The Childhood of a Leader

    Zach Kuperstein
    The Eyes of My Mother

    Robbie Ryan
    American Honey

  • Best Editing

    Joi McMillon, Nat Sanders (WINNER)

    Matthew Hannam
    Swiss Army Man

    Jennifer Lame
    Manchester by the Sea

    Jake Roberts
    Hell or High Water

    Sebastian Sepulveda

  • Best Female Lead

    Isabelle Huppert (WINNER)

    Annette Bening
    20th Century Women

    Sasha Lane
    American Honey

    Ruth Negga

    Natalie Portman

  • Best Male Lead

    Casey Affleck (WINNER)
    Manchester by the Sea

    David Harewood
    Free in Deed

    Viggo Mortensen
    Captain Fantastic

    Jesse Plemons
    Other People

    Tim Roth

  • Best Supporting Female

    Molly Shannon (WINNER)
    Other People

    Edwina Findley
    Free in Deed

    Paulina Garcia
    Little Men

    Lily Gladstone
    Certain Women

    Riley Keough
    American Honey

  • Best Supporting Male

    Ben Foster (WINNER)
    Hell or High Water

    Ralph Fiennes
    A Bigger Splash

    Lucas Hedges
    Manchester by the Sea

    Shia LaBeouf
    American Honey

    Craig Robinson
    Morris from America

  • Robert Altman Award

    Moonlight  (WINNER)
    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

  • Best Documentary

    O.J.: Made in America (WINNER)
    Director/producer: Ezra Edelman
    Producers: Nina Krstic, Tamara Rosenberg, Caroline Waterlow

    Director/producer: Ava DuVernay
    Producers: Spencer Averick, Howard Barish

    Director/producer: Kirsten Johnson
    Producer: Marilyn Ness

    I Am Not Your Negro
    Director/producer: Raoul Peck
    Producers: Remi Grellety, Herbert Peck

    Director: Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami
    Producer: Gerd Haag

    Under the Sun
    Director: Vitaly Mansky
    Producer: Natalya Manskaya

  • Best International Film

    Toni Erdmann (WINNER)
    (Germany and Romania)
    Director: Maren Ade

    Director: Kleber Mendonça Filho

    Director: Athina Tsangari

    My Golden Days
    Director: Arnaud Desplechin

    Under the Shadow  
    (U.K., Jordan and Qatar)
    Director: Babak Anvari

  • 20th Annual Piaget Producers Award

    Jordana Mollick (WINNER)

    Lisa Kjerulff

    Melody C. Roscher & Craig Shilowich

  • 23rd Annual Kiehl's Someone to Watch Award

    Anna Rose Holmer (WINNER)
    Director of The Fits

    Andrew Ahn
    Director of Spa Night

    Claire Carre
    Director of Embers   

    Ingrid Jungermann
    Director of Women Who Kill

  • 22nd Truer Than Fiction Award

    Nanfu Wang (WINNER)
    Director of Hooligan Sparrow

    Kristi Jacobson
    Director of Solitary

    Sara Jordeno
    Director of Kiki