‘American Honey,’ ‘Moonlight’ lead the pack of Spirit Award nominees

SANTA MONICA >> “American Honey,” the story of a girl who runs away and joins a traveling magazine-sales crew, and “Moonlight,” which follows a boy’s emergence from a dysfunctional home in a drug-plagued Miami neighborhood,...

‘American Honey,’ ‘Moonlight’ lead the pack of Spirit Award nominees

SANTA MONICA >> “American Honey,” the story of a girl who runs away and joins a traveling magazine-sales crew, and “Moonlight,” which follows a boy’s emergence from a dysfunctional home in a drug-plagued Miami neighborhood,...

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‘American Honey,’ ‘Moonlight’ lead the pack of Spirit Award nominees

SANTA MONICA >> “American Honey,” the story of a girl who runs away and joins a traveling magazine-sales crew, and “Moonlight,” which follows a boy’s emergence from a dysfunctional home in a drug-plagued Miami neighborhood, are the top nominees heading into Saturday’s 32nd annual Film Independent Spirit Awards.

The films have six nods each for the ceremony that honors the best in independent films from the past year, followed by “Manchester by the Sea” with five and “Jackie,” “Free in Deed” and “Other People” with four each.

“American Honey,” “Chronic,” “Jackie,” “Manchester by the Sea” and “Moonlight” are nominated for best feature award. “Other People” is nominated for best first feature, along with “The Childhood of a Leader,” “The Fits,” “Swiss Army Man” and “The Witch.”

“Free in Deed” is also nominated for the John Cassavetes Award, which honors films made for less than $500,000, along with “Hunter Gatherer,” “Lovesong,” “Nakom” and “Spa Night.”

Natalie Portman is up for best female lead for her portrayal of first lady Jacqueline Kennedy in “Jackie.” Also nominated were Annette Bening for “20th Century Woman,” Golden Globe winner Isabelle Huppert for “Elle,” Sasha Lane for “American Honey” and Ruth Negga for “Loving.”

Nominated for best male lead are Golden Globe winner Casey Affleck for “Manchester by the Sea,” David Harewood for “Free in Deed,” Viggo Mortensen for “Captain Fantastic,” Jesse Plemons for “Other People” and Tim Roth of “Chronic.”

The Spirit Awards will be presented at a luncheon ceremony inside a tent along the beach in Santa Monica. The show will be hosted by Nick Kroll and John Mulaney.

Here is a complete list of nominees:

BEST FEATURE

(Award given to the producer. Executive Producers are not awarded.)

-- “American Honey,” Producers: Thomas Benski, Jay Van Hoy, Lars Knudsen, Lucas Ochoa, Pouya Shahbazian, Alice Weinberg

-- “Chronic,” Producers: Michel Franco, Gina Kwon, Gabriel Ripstein, Moises Zonana

-- “Jackie,” Producers: Darren Aronofsky, Scott Franklin, Ari Handel, Juan de Dios Larrain, Mickey Liddell

-- “Manchester by the Sea,” Producers: Lauren Beck, Matt Damon, Chris Moore, Kimberly Steward, Kevin J. Walsh

-- “Moonlight,” Producers: Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Adele Romanski

BEST FIRST FEATURE

(Award given to the director and producer)

-- “The Childhood of a Leader,” Director: Brady Corbet; Producers: Antoine de Clermont-Tonnerre, Chris Coen, Ron Curtis, Helena Danielsson, Mona Fastvold, Istvan Major

-- “The Fits,” Director/Producer: Anna Rose Holmer; Producer: Lisa Kjerulff

-- “Other People,” Director: Chris Kelly; Producers: Sam Bisbee, Adam Scott, Naomi Scott

-- “Swiss Army Man,” Directors: Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert; Producers: Miranda Bailey, Lawrence Inglee, Lauren Mann, Amanda Marshall, Eyal Rimmon, Jonathan Wang

-- “The Witch,” Director: Robert Eggers; Producers: Daniel Bekerman, Jay Van Hoy, Lars Knudsen, Jodi Redmond, Rodrigo Teixeira

JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD - (Given to the best feature made for under $500,000. Award given to the writer, director and producer. Executive Producers are not awarded.)

-- “Free In Deed,” Writer/Director: Jake Mahaffy; Producers: Mike Bowes, Mike S. Ryan, Brent Stiefel

-- “Hunter Gatherer,” Writer/Director: Josh Locy; Producers: Michael Covino, April Lamb, Sara Murphy, Isaiah Smallman

-- “Lovesong,” Writer/Director: So Yong Kim; Writer/Producer: Bradley Rust Gray; Producers: David Hansen, Alex Lipschultz, Johnny Mac

-- “Nakom,” Writer/Director/Producer: TW Pittman; Director/Producer: Kelly Daniela Norris; Writer/Producer: Isaac Adakudugu; Producer: Giovanni Ximenez

-- “Spa Night,” Writer/Director: Andrew Ahn; Producers: David Ariniello, Giulia Caruso, Ki Jin Kim, Kelly Thomas

BEST DIRECTOR

-- Andrea Arnold, “American Honey”

-- Barry Jenkins, “Moonlight”

-- Pablo Larrain, “Jackie”

-- Jeff Nichols, “Loving”

-- Kelly Reichardt, “Certain Women”

BEST SCREENPLAY

-- Barry Jenkins, Story By Tarell Alvin McCraney, “Moonlight”

-- Kenneth Lonergan, “Manchester by the Sea”

-- Mike Mills, “20th Century Women”

-- Ira Sachs & Mauricio Zacharias, “Little Men”

-- Taylor Sheridan, “Hell or High Water”

BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY

-- Robert Eggers, “The Witch”

-- Chris Kelly, “Other People”

-- Adam Mansbach, “Barry”

-- Stella Meghie, “Jean of the Joneses”

-- Craig Shilowich, “Christine”

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

-- Ava Berkofsky, “Free In Deed”

-- Lol Crawley, “The Childhood of a Leader”

-- Zach Kuperstein, “The Eyes of My Mother”

-- James Laxton, “Moonlight”

-- Robbie Ryan, “American Honey”

BEST EDITING

-- Matthew Hannam, “Swiss Army Man”

-- Jennifer Lame, “Manchester by the Sea”

-- Joi McMillon, Nat Sanders, “Moonlight”

-- Jake Roberts, “Hell or High Water”

-- Sebastian Sepulveda, “Jackie”

BEST FEMALE LEAD

-- Annette Bening, “20th Century Women”

-- Isabelle Huppert, “Elle”

-- Sasha Lane, “American Honey”

-- Ruth Negga, “Loving”

-- Natalie Portman, “Jackie”

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 SUPPORTING FEMALE

-- Edwina Findley, “Free In Deed”

-- Paulina Garcia, “Little Men”

-- Lily Gladstone, “Certain Women”

-- Riley Keough, “American Honey”

-- Molly Shannon, “Other People”

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”

ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD

(Given to one film’s director, casting director and ensemble cast)

-- “Moonlight,” Director: Barry Jenkins; Casting Director: Yesi Ramirez; Ensemble Cast: Mahershala Ali, Patrick Decile, Naomie Harris, Alex Hibbert, Andre Holland, Jharrel Jerome, Janelle Monae, Jaden Piner, Trevante Rhodes, Ashton Sanders

BEST DOCUMENTARY

(Award given to the director and producer)

-- “13th,” Director/Producer: Ava DuVernay; Producers: Spencer Averick, Howard Barish

-- “Cameraperson,” Director/Producer: Kirsten Johnson; Producer: Marilyn Ness

-- “I Am Not Your Negro,” Director/Producer: Raoul Peck; Producers: Remi Grellety, Herbert Peck

-- “O.J.: Made in America,” Director/Producer: Ezra Edelman; Producers: Nina Krstic, Tamara Rosenberg, Caroline Waterlow

-- “Sonita,” Director: Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami; Producer: Gerd Haag

-- “Under the Sun,” Director: Vitaly Mansky; Producer: Natalya Manskaya

BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM

(Award given to the director)

-- “Aquarius” (Brazil); Director: Kleber Mendonca Filho

-- “Chevalier” (Greece); Director: Athina Tsangari

-- “My Golden Days” (France); Director: Arnaud Desplechin

-- “Toni Erdmann” (Germany and Romania); Director: Maren Ade

-- “Under the Shadow” (Iran and U.K.); Director: Babak Anvari

20th ANNUAL PIAGET PRODUCERS AWARD

The 20th annual Producers Award, sponsored 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.

-- Lisa Kjerulff

-- Jordana Mollick

-- Melody C. Roscher & Craig Shilowich

23rd ANNUAL KIEHL’S SOMEONE TO WATCH AWARD

The 23rd annual Someone to Watch Award, sponsored 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.

-- Andrew Ahn, director of “Spa Night”

-- Claire Carre, director of “Embers”

-- Anna Rose Holmer, director of “The Fits”

-- Ingrid Jungermann, director of “Women Who Kill”

22nd TRUER THAN FICTION AWARD

The 22nd annual Truer Than Fiction Award 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.

-- Kristi Jacobson, director of “Solitary”

-- Sara Jordeno, director of “Kiki”

-- Nanfu Wang, director of “Hooligan Sparrow”

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