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'American Honey' and 'Moonlight' lead the way with six nominations.

23 Nov 2016 - 11:20 AM  UPDATED 23 Nov 2016 - 11:21 AM

The last three winners of the Film Independent Spirit Awards best film prize have gone on to win the Oscar for best picture. Is 2016's victor among the nominees this year?

American Honey and Moonlight led the way with six nominations apiece. Manchester by the Sea picked up five. The three films were joined by Jackie and Chronic in the best feature category.

Curiously absent from the best director category was Manchester helmer Kenneth Lonergan, though he did pick up a screenplay nomination. Michelle Williams was also left off the supporting actress list for her brief but powerful performance in the film.

Moonlight, meanwhile – despite co-leading the field of nominees – was left out of the performance categories, a by-product of director Barry Jenkins, casting director Yesi Ramirez and the entire cast being tapped for the annual Robert Altman Award. Both Mahershala Ali and Naomie Harris are still considered strong Oscar possibilities.

Focus Features' big awards hopeful this year, Loving, picked up a pair of nominations, for lead actress (Ruth Negga) and best director (Jeff Nichols).

Much like it was with the Gotham Awards, distributor A24 had a great showing; in addition to American Honey and Moonlight, films such as Swiss Army Man, 20th Century Women and The Witch all picked up nominations.

Films not eligible for consideration due to budgetary or other criteria include La La Land, Lion (outside of the international feature category), A Monster Calls and Nocturnal Animals.

Full list of nominees below. The 32nd annual Spirit Awards will be held on Saturday, Feb. 25.


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 First Feature

The Childhood of a Leader
The Fits
Other People
Swiss Army Man
The Witch


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 Female Lead

Annette Bening (20th Century Women)
Isabelle Huppert (Elle)
Sasha Lane (American Honey)
Ruth Negga (Loving)
Natalie Portman (Jackie)


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 Supporting Female

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


Best Screenplay

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


Best First Screenplay

Jean of the Joneses
Other People
The Witch


Best International Film

My Golden Days
Toni Erdmann
Under the Shadow


Best Documentary Feature

I Am Not Your Negro
O.J.: 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


Truer Than Fiction Award

Kristi Jacobson (Solitary)
Sara Jordeno (Kiki)
Nanfu Wang (Holligan Sparrow)


Someone to Watch Award

Andrew Ahn (Spa Night)
Claire Carre (Embers)
Anna Rose Holmer (The Fits)
Ingrid Jungermann (Women Who Kill)


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