Independent Spirit nominations announced

Never Rarely Sometimes Always at the head of pack

by Amber Wilkinson

Never Rarely Sometimes Always
Never Rarely Sometimes Always Photo: Courtesy of Sundance Institute
8Eliza Hittman's Never Rarely Sometimes Always has received the most nominations for this year's Film Independent Spirit Awards nominations with seven, including best film and director, and female lead.

Just behind on six nominations is Minari, with Nomadland, First Cow and Ma Rainey's Black Bottom also heavily nominated.

It was a strong year for female directors, with Eliza Hittman, Chloe Zhao, Emerald Fennell and Kelly Reichardt all nominated in that category. The awards will be handed out on Thursday April 22, three days before the Oscars.

The full set of film nominations is below:

Best Feature

Best Director

Best First Feature

Best Female Lead

Best Male Lead

Best Supporting Female

Best Supporting Male

Best Screenplay

Best First Screenplay

Best Cinematography

Best Editing

John Cassavetes Award (for a film made for less than $500,000)

Robert Altman Award (ensemble cast and crew)

Best Documentary

Best International Film

Piaget Producers Award

  • Kara Durrett
  • Lucas Joaquin
  • Gerry Kim

Someone to Watch Award

  • David Midell, director of The Killing Of Kenneth Chamberlain
  • Ekwa Msangi, director of Farewell Amor
  • Annie Silverstein, director of Bull

Truer Than Fiction Award

  • Cecilia Aldarondo, director of Landfall
  • Elegance Bratton, director of Pier Kids
  • Elizabeth Lo, director of Stray

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