Independent Spirit Awards nominations announced

We The Animals leads pack

by Amber Wilkinson

We The Animals
We The Animals Photo: Zak Mulligan
Coming of age drama We The Animals, directed by Jeremiah Zagar leads the nominations for the Independent Spirit Awards, announced today, with five nods.

The awards, which champion independent film, also saw Scotland's Lynne Ramsay pick up four nominations for You Were Never Really Here, matching Bo Burnham's Eighth Grade and Paul Schrader's First Reformed.

The Robert Altman award, which recognises a director, casting director and ensemble cast, will go to Luca Guadagnino's Suspiria remake.

The awards ceremony will take place on February 23.

Best Feature

Best First Feature

Best Female Lead

Best Male Lead

Best Director

Best Documentary

Best Supporting Male

Best Screenplay

  • Richard Glatzer (Writer/Story By), Rebecca Lenkiewicz & Wash Westmoreland, Colette
  • Nicole Holofcener & Jeff Whitty, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
  • Tamara Jenkins, Private Life
  • Boots Riley, Sorry To Bother You
  • Paul Schrader, First Reformed

Robert Altman Award

  • Suspiria

Best First Screenplay

  • Bo Burnham, Eighth Grade
  • Christina Choe, Nancy
  • Cory Finley, Thoroughbreds
  • Jennifer Fox, The Tale
  • Quinn Shephard (Writer/Story By) and Laurie Shephard (Story By), Blame

Best Editing

Bonnie Award - A $50,000 (£39,000) grant given to a mid-career female director

Best International Film

John Cassavetes Award - given to the best feature made for less than ($500,000) £390,000

Best Supporting Female

  • Kayli Carter, Private Life
  • Tyne Daly, A Bread Factory
  • Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie, Leave No Trace
  • J Smith-Cameron, Nancy

Best Cinematography

Producers Award

  • Jonathan Duffy and Kelly Williams
  • Gabrielle Nadig
  • Shrihari Sathe

Someone To Watch Award

  • Alex Moratto, director of Sócrates
  • Ioana Uricaru. director of Lemonade
  • Jeremiah Zagar, director of We The Animals

Truer Than Fiction Award

  • Alexandria Bombach, director of On Her Shoulders
  • Bing Liu, director of Minding the Gap
  • RaMell Ross, director of Hale County This Morning, This Evening

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