‘Loving’ and ‘Moonlight’ receive Independent Award Nominations

Barry Jenkins’s coming of age drama “Moonlight” and Jeff Nichols “Loving” will vie for best director at the indie awards.


Barry Jenkins’ “Moonlight” heads up the nominations at this year’s Film Independent Spirit awards with six nominations. A coming of age drama that brilliantly confronts aspects of the gay struggle often overlooked on screen, it netted its director a best director nomination and also had nods in the best film category and cinematography category, but failed to garner any accolades for its brilliant three leads who play a character coping with his sexuality at several stages of his life.

Other contenders include Ava DuVernay’s  engaging documentary “13th” and Focus Features’ “Loving,”  which picked up a pair of nominations, for lead actress (Ruth Negga) and best director (Jeff Nichols). Andrea Arnold’s “American Honey” also netted six nominations including a best feature nod. Craig Robinson is also up for an award for best supporting male for movie “Morris from America.”

The 32nd annual Spirit Awards will be held on Saturday, Feb. 25. Check out the full list of nominees below.  LOVING releases in theaters in November

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 female lead
Annette Bening, 20th Century Women
Isabelle Huppert, Elle
Sasha Lane, American Honey
Ruth Negga, Loving
Natalie Portman, Jackie

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 supporting female
Edwina Findley, Free in Deed
Paulina Garcia, Little Men
Lily Gladstone, Certain Women
Riley Keough, American Honey
Molly Shannon, Other People

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

Best documentary feature
I Am Not Your Negro
OJ: 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

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