2017 Independent Spirit Awards nominees announced: American Honey, Moonlight lead

Chronic, Jackie, and Manchester by the Sea also nominated for Best Feature

The nominees for the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards were announced today in Hollywood. The 32nd annual ceremony, which honors the best of 2016’s independent cinema, will be held Saturday, February 25th and air live on IFC.

A24 nabbed 19 total nominations, including two for Best Feature with American Honey and Moonlight. Rounding out the category are Manchester By the Sea, Chronic, and Jackie. Also from A24, both Swiss Army Man and The Witch received Best First Feature nods, while the former was nominated for Best Editing and the latter for Best First Screenplay. Other films up for Best First Feature are The Childhood of a Leader, The Fits, and Other People.

Best Director nominations went to Andrea Arnold (American Honey), Barry Jenkins (Moonlight), Pablo Larraín (Jackie), Jeff Nichols (Loving), and Kelly Reichardt (Certain Women). In the acting categories, Annette Bening (20th Century Women), Isabelle Huppert (Elle), Sasha Lane (American Honey), Ruth Negga (Loving), and Natalie Portman (Jackie) picked up Best Female Lead nominates, while Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea), David Harewood (Free in Deed), Viggo Mortensen (Captain Fantastic), Jesse Plemons (Other People), and Tim Roth (Chronic) got the nods in the Male category.

Find the complete list of nominees below.

Best Feature
American Honey
Manchester by the Sea

Best Director
Andrea Arnold (American Honey)
Barry Jenkins (Moonlight)
Pablo Larrain (Jackie)
Jeff Nichols (Loving)
Kelly Reichardt (Certain Women)

Best First Feature
The Childhood of a Leader
The Fits
Other People
Swiss Army Man
The Witch

Best Male Lead
Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea)
David Harewood (Free in Deed)
Viggo Mortensen (Captain Fantastic)
Jesse Plemons (Other People)
Tim Roth (Chronic)

Best Female Lead
Annette Bening (20th Century Women)
Isabelle Huppert (Elle)
Sasha Lane (American Honey)
Ruth Negga (Loving)
Natalie Portman (Jackie)

Best Supporting Male
Ralph Fiennes (A Bigger Splash)
Ben Foster (Hell or High Water)
Lucas Hedges (Manchester by the Sea)
Shia LaBeouf (American Honey)
Craig Robinson (Morris from America)

Best Supporting Female
Edwina Findley (Free in Deed)
Paulina Garcia (Little Men)
Lily Gladstone (Certain Women)
Riley Keough (American Honey)
Molly Shannon (Other People)

Best Screenplay
Hell or High Water
Little Men
Manchester by the Sea
20th Century Women

Best First Screenplay
Jean of the Joneses
Other People
The Witch

Best International Film
My Golden Days
Toni Erdmann
Under the Shadow

Best Documentary Feature
I Am Not Your Negro
O.J.: Made in America
Under the Sun

Best Cinematography
American Honey
Free in Deed
Eyes of My Mother

Best Editing
Hell or High Water
Manchester by the Sea
Swiss Army Man

John Cassavetes Award
Free in Deed
Hunter Gatherer
Spa Night

Robert Altman Award

Piaget Producers Award
Lisa Kjerulff
Jordana Mollick
Melody C. Roscher
Craig Shilowich

Truer Than Fiction Award
Kristi Jacobson (Solitary)
Sara Jordeno (Kiki)
Nanfu Wang (Holligan Sparrow)

Someone to Watch Award
Andrew Ahn (Spa Night)
Claire Carre (Embers)
Anna Rose Holmer (The Fits)
Ingrid Jungermann (Women Who Kill)


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