Nominees: 2018 Film Independent Spirit Awards

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Film Independent announced the nominations for the 2018 Film Independent Spirit Awards and revealed that director Ava DuVernay (Selma, 13th, A Wrinkle in Time) will be this year’s Honorary Chair.

Past Honorary Chairs include David Oyelowo, Jessica Chastain, Kerry Washington, Ang Lee and Martin Scorsese. The Spirit Awards are the primary fundraiser for Film Independent’s year-round programs, which cultivate the careers of emerging filmmakers and promote diversity in the industry.

Film Independent President Josh Welsh presided over the press conference held at the Jeremy Hotel in West Hollywood, with actors Lily Collins and Tessa Thompson presenting the nominations. Nominees for Best Feature included Call Me by Your NameThe Florida Project, Get Out, Lady Bird and The Rider.

Mudbound was selected to receive the Robert Altman Award, which is bestowed upon one film’s director, casting director and ensemble cast. The Altman Award was created in 2008 in honor of legendary director Robert Altman who was known for creating extraordinary ensemble casts.

Winners, who are selected by Film Independent Members, will be announced at the Spirit Awards on Saturday, March 3, 2018. The awards ceremony co-hosted by Nick Kroll and John Mulaney will be held on the beach in Santa Monica, just north of the Santa Monica Pier. The show will broadcast live exclusively on IFC at 2:00 pm PT/ 5:00 pm ET.

Winners of the Spirit Awards Filmmaker Grants will be announced at the Film Independent Spirit Awards Filmmaker Grants and Nominee Brunch on Saturday, January 6, 2018, at BOA Steakhouse in West Hollywood. 

BEST FEATURE

(Award given to the producer. Executive Producers are not awarded.)

           

Call Me by Your Name         

Producers: Peter Spears, Luca Guadagnino, Emilie Georges, Rodrigo Teixeira, Marco Morabito, James Ivory, Howard Rosenman

 

The Florida Project  

Producers: Sean Baker, Chris Bergoch, Kevin Chinoy, Andrew Duncan, Alex Saks, Francesca Silvestri, Shih-Ching Tsou

 

Get Out          

Producers: Jason Blum, Edward H. Hamm Jr., Sean McKittrick, Jordan Peele

 

Lady Bird      

Producers: Eli Bush, Evelyn O’Neill, Scott Rudin

 

The Rider      

Producers: Mollye Asher, Bert Hamelinck, Sacha Ben Harroche, Chloé Zhao

 

BEST FIRST FEATURE

(Award given to the director and producer)

 

Columbus

Director: Kogonada

Producers: Danielle Renfrew Behrens, Aaron Boyd, Giulia Caruso, Ki Jin Kim, Andrew Miano, Chris Weitz

 

            Ingrid Goes West     

Director: Matt Spicer

Producers: Jared Ian Goldman, Adam Mirels, Robert Mirels, Aubrey Plaza, Tim White, Trevor White

 

            Menashe

Director/Producer: Joshua Z. Weinstein

Producers: Yoni Brook, Traci Carlson, Daniel Finkelman, Alex Lipschultz

           

Oh Lucy!

Director/Producer: Atsuko Hirayanagi

Producers: Jessica Elbaum, Yukie Kito, Han West

 

            Patti Cake$   

Director: Geremy Jasper

Producers: Chris Columbus, Michael Gottwald, Dan Janvey, Daniela Taplin Lundberg, Noah Stahl, Rodrigo Teixeira

 

JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD – Given to the best feature made for under $500,000. (Award given to the writer, director and producer. Executive Producers are not awarded.)

 

Dayveon      

Writer/Director/Producer: Amman Abbasi

Writer: Steven Reneau

Producers: Lachion Buckingham, Alexander Uhlmann

 

A Ghost Story         

Writer/Director: David Lowery

Producers: Adam Donaghey, Toby Halbrooks, James M. Johnston

 

Life and nothing more       

Writer/Director: Antonio Méndez Esparza

Producers: Amadeo Hernández Bueno, Alvaro Portanet Hernández, Pedro Hernández Santos

 

Most Beautiful Island         

Writer/Director/Producer: Ana Asensio

Producers: Larry Fessenden, Noah Greenberg, Chadd Harbold, Jenn Wexler

 

The Transfiguration

Writer/Director: Michael O'Shea

Producer: Susan Leber

 

BEST DIRECTOR

 

Sean Baker

The Florida Project    

 

Jonas Carpignano

A Ciambra      

 

Luca Guadagnino

Call Me by Your Name          

 

Jordan Peele

Get Out          

 

Benny SafdieJosh 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

Story By: Kyle Espeleta, Jesse Wakeman

Donald Cried  

 

Emily V. Gordon, Kumail Nanjiani

The Big Sick  

 

Ingrid Jungermann

Women Who Kill

 

Kogonada

Columbus       

 

David Branson Smith, 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, 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

Director: Dee Rees

Casting Directors: Billy Hopkins, Ashley Ingram

Ensemble Cast: Jonathan Banks, Mary J. Blige, Jason Clarke, Garrett Hedlund, Jason Mitchell, Rob Morgan, Carey Mulligan

 

BEST DOCUMENTARY (Award given to the director and producer)

 

            The Departure          

Director/Producer: Lana Wilson

 

Faces Places

Directors: Agnés Varda, JR

Producer: Rosalie Varda

 

Last Men in Aleppo 

Director: Feras Fayyad

Producers: Kareem Abeed, Søeren Steen Jespersen, Stefan Kloos

 

Motherland   

Director/Producer: Ramona S. Diaz

Producer: Rey Cuerdo

 

Quest

Director: Jonathan Olshefski

Producer: Sabrina Schmidt Gordon

 

BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM (Award given to the director)

           

BPM (Beats Per Minute)      

France

Director: Robin Campillo

 

A Fantastic Woman 

Chile

Director: Sebastián Lelio

 

I Am Not a Witch      

Zambia

Director: Rungano Nyoni

 

Lady Macbeth           

U.K.

Director: William Oldroyd

 

Loveless        

Russia

Director: Andrey Zvyagintsev

 

BONNIE AWARD – Bonnie Tiburzi Caputo joined American Airlines in 1973 at age 24, becoming the first female pilot to fly for a major U.S. airline. In her honor, the inaugural Bonnie Award will recognize a mid-career female director with a $50,000 unrestricted grant, sponsored by American Airlines.

 

            So Yong Kim

Lynn Shelton

Chloé Zhao

 

JEEP TRUER THAN FICTION AWARD – The 23rd annual Truer Than Fiction Award, funded by the Jeep brand, 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 funded by the Jeep brand.

 

Shevaun Mizrahi

Director of Distant Constellation         

 

Jonathan Olshefski

Director of Quest        

 

Jeff Unay

Director of The Cage Fighter

 

KIEHL’S SOMEONE TO WATCH AWARD – The 24th annual Someone to Watch Award, funded by Kiehl’s Since 1851, recognizes a talented filmmaker of singular vision who has not yet received appropriate recognition. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant funded by Kiehl’s Since 1851.

 

            Amman Abbasi

Director of Dayveon

 

Justin Chon

Director of Gook         

 

Kevin Phillips

Director of Super Dark Times

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