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‘Moonlight,’ ‘American Honey,’ and ‘Manchester by the Sea’ Lead 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards Nominations

Written by on November 22, 2016 

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Ahead of their ceremony in 2017, The Film Independent Spirt Awards handed out this year’s batch of nominations with Barry Jenkins‘ triptych drama Moonlight and Andrea Arnold‘s American Honey both making strong showings with six nominations each. Close behind was Kenneth Lonergan‘s Manchester by the Sea, which picked up five.

Rounding out the Best Feature line-up is Jackie and the unexpected pick of Chronic, which premiered at Cannes last year and just got a small release this fall. As for Best First Feature, The Childhood of a Leader, The Fits, Other People, Swiss Army Man, and The Witch were all recognized. Meanwhile, 13th, Cameraperson, I Am Not Your Negro, O.J.: Made in America, Sonita, and Under the Sun all earned Best Documentary Feature nods.

Ahead of a ceremony on Saturday, February 25th, 2017, check out the full list of nominations below thanks to Variety and stream many of the below films here.

Best Feature
“American Honey”
“Chronic”
“Jackie”
“Manchester by the Sea”
“Moonlight”

Best Director
Andrea Arnold (“American Honey”)
Barry Jenkins (“Moonlight”)
Pablo Larrain (“Jackie”)
Jeff Nichols (“Loving”)
Kelly Reichart (“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
“Moonlight”
“Manchester by the Sea”
“20th Century Women”
“Little Men”
“Hell or High Water”

Best First Screenplay
“The Witch”
“Other People”
“Barry”
“Jean of the Joneses”
“Christine”

Best International Film
“Aquarius”
“Chevalier”
“My Golden Days”
“Toni Erdmann”
“Under the Shadow”

Best Documentary Feature
“13th”
“Cameraperson”
“I Am Not Your Negro”
“O.J.: Made in America”
“Sonita”
“Under the Sun”

Best Cinematography
“Free in Deed”
“Childhood”
“Eyes of My Mother”
“Moonlight”
“American Honey”

Best Editing
“Swiss Army Man”
“Manchester by the Sea”
“Moonlight”
“Hell or High Water”
“Jackie”

John Cassavetes Award
“Free in Deed”
“Hunter Gatherer”
“Lovesong”
“Nakom”
“Spa Night”

Robert Altman Award
“Moonlight”


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