Film Independent Spirit Awards Reveal 2019 Nominations

The night before Hollywood’s biggest night, the Film Independent Spirit Awards take place. The annual event celebrates the best in independent films ($20 million budget ceiling) and puts the spotlight on lesser-known films, propelling them into the Oscar mix. Moonlight (2017), Spotlight (2016), Birdman (2015) and 12 Years A Slave (2014) all won Best Feature at the Spirit Awards and went on to pick up the Best Picture Oscar. That’s a pretty good track record.

Eighth Grade, First Reformed and You Were Never Really Here lead the pack with four nods apiece. Barry Jenkins’ If Beale Street Could Talk is close behind with three noms including Best Feature. With regards to acting, John Cho, Glenn Close, Ethan Hawke, Toni Collette, Joaquin Phoenix, Regina Hall and Looking alum Raúl Castillo were just some who were recognized for their amazing work.

The Spirit Awards will be held on February 23 in Santa Monica. Check out all the nominations below.

2019 Film Independent Spirit Award Nominations

BEST FEATURE
Eighth Grade
First Reformed
If Beale Street Could Talk
Leave No Trace
You Were Never Really Here

BEST MALE LEAD
John Cho, Searching
Daveed Diggs, Blindspotting
Ethan Hawke, First Reformed
Christian Malheiros, Sócrates
Joaquin Phoenix, You Were Never Really Here

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

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
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

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Kayli Carter, Private Life
Tyne Daly, A Bread Factory
Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk
Thomasin Harcout McKenzie, Leave No Trace
J. Smith-Cameron, Nancy

BEST DIRECTOR
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 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

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 CINEMATOGRAPHY
Ashley Connor, Madeline’s Madeline
Diego Garcia, Wildlife
Benjamin Loeb, Mandy
Sayombhu Mukdeeprom, Suspiria
Zak Mulligan, We the Animals

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

BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM
Burning (South Korea)
The Favourite (United Kingdom)
Happy as Lazzaro (Italy)
Roma (Mexico)
Shoplifters (Japan)

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 FIRST FEATURE
Hereditary
Sorry to Bother You
The Tale
We the Animals
Wildlife

BONNIE AWARD
Debra Granik
Tamara Jenkins
Karyn Kusama

PRODUCERS AWARD
Jonathan Duffy and Kelly Williams
Gabrielle Nadig
Shrihari Sathe

SOMEONE TO WATCH AWARD
Alex Morrato, Sócrates
Ioana Uricaru, Lemonade
Jeremiah Zagar, We the Animals

TRUER THAN FICTION AWARD
Alexandria Bombach, On Her Shoulders
Bing Liu, Minding the Gap
RaMell Ross, Hale County This Morning, This Evening