Independent Spirit Awards nominations announced

Beasts Of No Nation and Carol among front runners.

by Jennie Kermode

Beasts Of No Nation
Beasts Of No Nation

The nominations for this year's Independent Spirit Awards have been announced, heralding the start of the film industry awards season proper. Five front runners have already emerged - Beasts Of No Nation, Carol, Anomalisa, Tangerine and Spotlight - all of which have received nominations in multiple categories, boosting their hopes for a strong showing throughout the season. It Follows, which was at Cannes last year and won this year's Glasgow Film Festival audience award, has also gained an impressive number of nominations, especially as it's a horror film, a genre that often flies under the radar.

The awards will be presented at a ceremony on the 27th of February.

Those nominations in full:-

Best Feature

Best Director

Best Male Lead

Best Female Lead

  • Bel Powley - The Diary Of A Teenage Girl
  • Brie Larson - Room
  • Cate Blanchett - Carol
  • Kitana Kiki Rodriguez - Tangerine
  • Rooney Mara - Carol

Best Supporting Female

Best Supporting Male

Best Documentary

Best International Film

Best First Feature

Best Screenplay

Best First Screenplay

  • Emma Donaghue - Room
  • Jesse Andrews - Me And Earl And The Dying Girl
  • John Magary, Russell Harbaugh & Myna Joseph - The Mend
  • Jonas Carpignano - Mediterranea
  • Marielle Heller - The Diary Of A Teenage Girl

Best Cinematography

Best Editing

  • Julio C Perez IV - It Follows
  • Kristan Sprague - Manos Sucias
  • Nathan Nugent - Room
  • Ronald Bronstein & Benny Safdie - Heaven Knows What
  • Tom McArdle - Spotlight

John Cassavetes Award

Robert Altman Award

Kiehl's Someone to Watch Award

Piaget Producers' Award

  • Daren Dean
  • Mel Eslyn
  • Rebecca Green & Laura D Smith

Truer Than Fiction Award

  • Alex Sichel & Elizabeth Giamatti - A Woman Like Me
  • Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi - Incorruptible
  • Hemal Trivedi & Mohammed Ali Naqvi - Among The Believers

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