Award season is upon us and we’re getting our first look at some of the best movies in a facet of cinema that really should get more attention, Independent films.  Film Independent strives to give the recognition that these independent filmmakers deserve during their annual award ceremony.  Here are this year’s nominations:


BEST FEATURE

American Honey

Chronic

Jackie

Manchester by the Sea

Moonlight


BEST FIRST FEATURE 

The Childhood of a Leader

The Fits

Other People

Swiss Army Man

The Witch


BEST DIRECTOR

Andrea Arnold, American Honey

Barry Jenkins, Moonlight

Pablo Larraín, Jackie

Jeff Nichols, Loving

Kelly Reichardt, Certain Women


BEST SCREENPLAY

Barry Jenkins, Tarell Alvin McCraney (story by), 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


JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD (Award given to the best feature made for under $500,000, given to the writer, director and producer)

Free In Deed

Hunter Gatherer

Lovesong

Nakom

Spa Night


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 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

Sebastián Sepúlveda, Jackie


BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM

Aquarius (Brazil)

Chevalier (Greece)

My Golden Days (France)

Toni Erdmann (Germany/Romania)

Under the Shadow (Iran/United Kingdom)


BEST DOCUMENTARY

13th

Cameraperson

I am Not Your Negro

O.J.: Made in America

Sonita

Under the Sun


ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD (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, André Holland, Jharrel Jerome, Janelle Monáe, Jaden Piner, Trevante Thodes, Ashton Sanders


 

Manchester by the Sea and Moonlight are poised to take home some hardware, but the competition is really strong this year!  There are so many great films to look into before the winners are declared!  I’ll definitely be rooting for Swiss Army Man and Viggo Mortensen (Mister Fantastic) in this year’s race!  For more information on the awards or Film Independent, check out their website here!

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