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Spirit Awards line up 2018 nominees

Film Independent has announced the nominations for the 2018 Film Independent Spirit Awards and revealed director Ava DuVernay (Selma, 13th, A Wrinkle in Time) as this year’s Honorary Chair. Past Honorary Chairs include David Oyelowo, Jessica Chastain, Kerry Washington, Ang Lee and Martin Scorsese.

The Spirit Awards are the primary fundraiser for Film Independent’s year-round programs, which cultivate the careers of emerging filmmakers and promote diversity in the industry. Film Independent President Josh Welsh presided over the press conference held at the Jeremy Hotel in West Hollywood, with actors Lily Collins and Tessa Thompson presenting the nominations. Nominees for Best Feature included Call Me by Your Name (pictured, top), The Florida Project, Get Out, Lady Bird and The Rider.

“This year’s nominations reflect the range and vitality of artist-driven, independent film,” said Film Independent President Josh Welsh. “Diversity, innovation and uniqueness of vision are the hallmarks of the Film Independent Spirit Awards, and the films this year powerfully embody all those qualities.” 

“We are so happy to have Ava DuVernay as our Spirit Awards Honorary Chair,” added Welsh, “Ava is a remarkable filmmaker – a writer, director and producer we have celebrated at the Spirit Awards and the LA Film Festival. More than that, she is a leader and a powerful voice for change, in the industry and beyond.”

Mudbound was selected to receive the Robert Altman Award, which is bestowed upon one film’s director, casting director and ensemble cast. The Altman Award was created in 2008 in honor of legendary director Robert Altman who was known for creating extraordinary ensemble casts.

Winners, who are selected by Film Independent Members, will be announced at the Spirit Awards on Saturday, March 3, 2018. The awards ceremony co-hosted by Nick Kroll and John Mulaney will be held on the beach in Santa Monica, just north of the Santa Monica Pier. The show will broadcast live exclusively on IFC at 2:00 pm PT/ 5:00 pm ET.

Winners of the Spirit Awards Filmmaker Grants will be announced at the Film Independent Spirit Awards Filmmaker Grants and Nominee Brunch on Saturday, January 6, 2018, at BOA Steakhouse in West Hollywood.

The Spirit Awards Nominating Committees selected nominees from 400 submissions this year and applied the following guidelines in determining the nominations: uniqueness of vision, original and provocative subject matter, economy of means (with particular attention paid to total production cost and individual compensation) and percentage of financing from independent sources. The Spirit Awards Nominating Committees are comprised of writers, directors, producers, cinematographers, editors, actors, critics, casting directors, film festival programmers and other working film professionals.

The 2018 Film Independent Spirit Awards run 4 March (NZ time). The nominees are:

BEST FEATURE
Call Me by Your Name
The Florida Project
Get Out
Lady Bird
The Rider

 
BEST FIRST FEATURE
Columbus
Ingrid Goes West     
Menashe
Oh Lucy!
Patti Cake$

JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD
Dayveon      
A Ghost Story         
Life and nothing more       
Most Beautiful Island         
The Transfiguration

 
BEST DIRECTOR
Sean Baker, The Florida Project 
Jonas Carpignano, A Ciambra       
Luca Guadagnino, Call Me by Your Name  
Jordan Peele, Get Out
Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie, Good Time      
Chloé Zhao, The Rider        
 
BEST SCREENPLAY
Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird        
Azazel Jacobs, The Lovers     
Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri   
Jordan Peele, Get Out
Mike White, Beatriz at Dinner
 
BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY
Kris Avedisian, Donald Cried  
Emily V. Gordon, Kumail Nanjiani, The Big Sick
Ingrid Jungermann, Women Who Kill
Kogonada, Columbus
David Branson Smith, Matt Spicer, Ingrid Goes West

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Thimios Bakatakis, The Killing of a Sacred Deer 
Elisha Christian, Columbus       
Hélène Louvart, Beach Rats    
Sayombhu Mukdeeprom, Call Me by Your Name          
Joshua James Richards, The Rider
 
BEST EDITING         
Ronald Bronstein, Benny Safdie, Good Time
Walter Fasano, Call Me by Your Name
Alex O’Flinn, The Rider
Gregory Plotkin, Get Out           
Tatiana S. Riegel, I, Tonya          
 
BEST FEMALE LEAD
Salma Hayek, Beatriz at Dinner         
Frances McDormand, Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri 
Margot Robbie, I, Tonya
Saoirse Ronan,Lady Bird        
Shinobu Terajima, Oh Lucy!
Regina Williams, Life and nothing more
 
BEST MALE LEAD
Timothée Chalamet, Call Me by Your Name
Harris Dickinson, Beach Rats    
James Franco, The Disaster Artist
Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out          
Robert Pattinson,Good Time     
 
BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE
Holly Hunter, The Big Sick
Allison Janney, I, Tonya          
Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird                    
Lois Smith, Marjorie Prime
Taliah Lennice Webster, Good Time
 
BEST SUPPORTING MALE
Nnamdi Asomugha, Crown Heights
Armie Hammer, Call Me by Your Name 
Barry Keoghan, The Killing of a Sacred Deer
Sam Rockwell,Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri   
Benny Safdie, Good Time
 
ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD
Mudbound, Director: Dee Rees
Ensemble Cast: Jonathan Banks, Mary J. Blige, Jason Clarke, Garrett Hedlund, Jason Mitchell, Rob Morgan, Carey Mulligan
 
BEST DOCUMENTARY
The Departure, Director/Producer: Lana Wilson
Faces Places, Directors: Agnés Varda, JR
Last Men in Aleppo, Director: Feras Fayyad
Motherland, Director/Producer: Ramona S. Diaz
Quest, Director: Jonathan Olshefski
 
BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM
BPM (Beats Per Minute)
A Fantastic Woman
I Am Not a Witch      
Lady Macbeth           
Loveless

BONNIE AWARD
Bonnie Tiburzi Caputo joined American Airlines in 1973 at age 24, becoming the first female pilot to fly for a major U.S. airline. In her honor, the inaugural Bonnie Award will recognize a mid-career female director with a $50,000 unrestricted grant, sponsored by American Airlines.
So Yong Kim
Lynn Shelton
Chloé Zhao
 
JEEP TRUER THAN FICTION AWARD
The 23rd annual Truer Than Fiction Award, funded by the Jeep brand, is presented to an emerging director of non-fiction features who has not yet received significant recognition. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant funded by the Jeep brand.
Shevaun Mizrahi Director of Distant Constellation        
Jonathan Olshefski Director of Quest       
Jeff Unay  Director of The Cage Fighter
 
KIEHL’S SOMEONE TO WATCH AWARD
The 24th annual Someone to Watch Award, funded by Kiehl’s Since 1851, recognizes a talented filmmaker of singular vision who has not yet received appropriate recognition. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant funded by Kiehl’s Since 1851.
Amman Abbasi Director of Dayveon
Justin Chon Director of Gook        
Kevin Phillips Director of Super Dark Times
 
PIAGET PRODUCERS AWARD
The 21st annual Producers Award, funded by Piaget, honors emerging producers who, despite highly limited resources, demonstrate the creativity, tenacity and vision required to produce quality, independent films. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant funded by Piaget.
Giulia Caruso & Ki Jin Kim
Ben LeClair
Summer Shelton