2018 Independent Spirit Award Nominations

The nominations for the Film Independent Spirit Awards have been announced, and Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me by Your Name leads with six. Jordan Peele’s Get Out and Josh and Benny Safdie’s Good Time follow with five each, and earning four each are Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird and Chloé Zhao’s The Rider. As always, the awards will be presented in the early evening before Oscar Night, and this year, that’s March 3. Nick Kroll and John Mulaney are returning to host the festivities for a second year in a row.

Best Feature

Call Me by Your Name

The Florida Project

Get Out

Lady Bird

The Rider

Best First Feature

The award’s given to the director and producer


Ingrid Goes West


Oh Lucy!

Patti Cake$

John Cassavetes Award

Given to the best feature made for under $500,000


A Ghost Story

Life and Nothing More

Most Beautiful Island

The Transfiguration

Best Director

Sean Baker, The Florida Project

Jonas Carpignano, A Ciambra

Luca Guadagnino, Call Me by Your Name

Jordan Peele, Get Out

Josh and Benny Safdie, Good Time

Chloé Zhao, The Rider

Best Screenplay

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, story by Kyle Espeleta and Jesse Wakeman

Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani, The Big Sick

Ingrid Jungermann, Women Who Kill

Kogonada, Columbus

David Branson Smith and Matt Spicer, Ingrid Goes West

Best Cinematography

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

Best Editing

Ronald Bronstein and 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

Mudbound, directed by Dee Rees. Casting Directors: Billy Hopkins, and Ashley Ingram. Ensemble Cast: Jonathan Banks, Mary J. Blige, Jason Clarke, Garrett Hedlund, Jason Mitchell, Rob Morgan, and Carey Mulligan.

Best Documentary

Given to the director and producer

The Departure

Faces Places

Last Men in Aleppo



Best International Film

Given to the director

BPM (Beats Per Minute)

A Fantastic Woman

I Am Not a Witch

Lady Macbeth


Bonnie Award

The inaugural Bonnie Award will recognize a mid-career female director with a $50,000 unrestricted grant

So Yong Kim

Lynn Shelton

Chloé Zhao

Jeep Truer Than Fiction Award

Presented to an emerging director of non-fiction features who has not yet received significant recognition

Shevaun Mizrahi, Distant Constellation

Jonathan Olshefski, Quest

Jeff Unay, The Cage Fighter

Kiel’s Someone to Watch Award

Recognizes a talented filmmaker of singular vision who has not yet received appropriate recognition

Amman Abbasi, Dayveon

Justin Chon, Gook

Kevin Phillips, Super Dark Times

Piaget Producers Award

Honors emerging producers who, despite highly limited resources, demonstrate the creativity, tenacity and vision required to produce quality, independent films

Giulia Caruso and Ki Jin Kim

Ben LeClair

Summer Shelton

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