Independent Spirit nominations announced

Zola out in front with seven nominations

by Amber Wilkinson

Zola Photo: Anna Kooris

Zola - a film inspired by a Twitter thread that went viral - is leading the running at this year's Independent Spirit Awards, picking up seven nominations.

The tale of a pole dancer's crazy weekend faces strong competition from Lauren Hadaway's psychological thriller The Novice, with five nods, and Maggie Gyllenhaal's directorial debut The Lost Daughter, with four. Also vying for Best Feature are Jonas Carpignano's Italian family drama A Chiara and Mike Mills' road trip drama C'mon C'mon.

In order to be eligible for the awards films have to have budgets of less than $22.5 million (£17 million)

The awards will be held as an in person event after being held virtually this year on March 6.

The nominations in full:

Best Feature

Best Director

Best First Feature

Best Female Lead

Best Male Lead

  • Clifton Collins, Jr., Jockey
  • Frankie Faison, The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain
  • Michael Greyeyes, Wild Indian
  • Udo Kier, Swan Song
  • Simon Rex, Red Rocket

Best Supporting Female

Best Supporting Male

  • Colman Domingo, Zola
  • Meeko Gattuso, Queen Of Glory
  • Troy Kotsur, CODA
  • Will Patton, Sweet Thing
  • Chaske Spencer, Wild Indian

Best Screenplay

Best First Screenplay

Best Cinematography

Best Editing

Robert Altman Award

  • The Director, Cast, and Casting Director of Mass

Best Documentary

Best International Film

Someone to Watch Award

  • Alex Camilleri, Luzzu
  • Gillian Wallace Horvat, I Blame Society
  • Michael Sarnoski, Pig

Truer Than Fiction Award

John Cassavetes Award

Producers Award

  • Brad Becker-Parton
  • Pin-Chun Liu
  • Lizzie Shapiro

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