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LOS ANGELES (November 16, 2018) – This morning, Film Independent announced the nominations for the 2019 Film Independent Spirit Awards. 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 W Hotel in Hollywood, with actors Gemma Chan and Molly Shannon presenting the nominations. Nominees for Best Feature included Eighth Grade, First Reformed, If Beale Street Could Talk,Leave No Trace and You Were Never Really Here.

“This year’s nominees reflect the bold originality that is the heart of independent film,” said Film Independent President Josh Welsh. “At a time when huge tent-pole franchises threaten to dominate our film culture, this year’s films and filmmakers offer something completely different – something vital, uncompromising, and needed. The nominees also show that, when it comes to diversity and inclusion, independent film is leading the way for the rest of the industry.”

Suspiria 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, February 23, 2019. The awards ceremony 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.

The Spirit Awards Nominating Committees selected nominees from over 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.

Winners of the Spirit Awards Filmmaker Grants will be announced at the Film Independent Spirit Awards Filmmaker Grant and Nominee Brunch on Saturday, January 5, 2019.

Film Independent is proud to announce the return of our collaboration with AT&T, who joins once again as Premier Sponsor and Official Wireless & Video Services Partner. American Airlines joins for the fifth year and returns to fund the Bonnie Award, recognizing a mid-career female director with a $50,000 unrestricted grant. And we welcome this year’s Official Automotive Partner, Subaru of America.

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To learn more about attending the Spirit Awards and supporting Film Independent please contact Jennifer Murby, Associate Director of Institutional Giving, [email protected].

For more information on submission guidelines, voting, media and publicist credentials, and the history of the Spirit Awards, please visit spiritawards.com.

Want to vote?

Film Independent Members vote to determine the winners at the Spirit Awards. Members can attend free Nominee Screening Series in Los Angeles, receive DVD screeners of select nominees by mail and digital screeners online. Members must be current by December 6, 2018 to receive full voting benefits.

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2019 FILM INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARD NOMINATIONS

BEST FEATURE

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

           

Eighth Grade

Producers: Eli Bush, Scott Rudin, Christopher Storer, Lila Yacoub

 

First Reformed         

Producers: Jack Binder, Greg Clark, Gary Hamilton, Victoria Hill, David Hinojosa, Frank Murray, Deepak Sikka, Christine Vachon

 

If Beale Street Could Talk   

Producers: Dede Gardner, Barry Jenkins, Jeremy Kleiner, Sara Murphy, Adele Romanski

 

Leave No Trace        

Producers: Anne Harrison, Linda Reisman, Anne Rosellini

 

You Were Never Really Here          

Producers: Rosa Attab, Pascal Caucheteux, Rebecca O’Brien, Lynne Ramsay, James Wilson

 

BEST FIRST FEATURE

(Award given to the director and producer)

 

Hereditary

Director: Ari Aster

Producers: Kevin Frakes, Lars Knudsen, Buddy Patrick

 

Sorry to Bother You

Director: Boots Riley

Producers: Nina Yang Bongiovi, Jonathan Duffy, Charles D. King, George Rush, Forest Whitaker, Kelly Williams

 

            The Tale

            Director/Producer: Jennifer Fox

Producers: Sol Bondy, Lawrence Inglee, Mynette Louie, Oren Moverman, Simone Pero, Reka Posta, Laura Rister, Regina K. Scully, Lynda Weinman

 

We the Animals

Director: Jeremiah Zagar

Producers: Andrew Goldman, Christina D. King, Paul Mezey, Jeremy Yaches

 

Wildlife

            Director/Producer: Paul Dano

Producers: Andrew Duncan, Jake Gyllenhaal, Riva Marker, Oren Moverman, Ann Ruark, Alex Saks

 

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.)

 

A Bread Factory     

Writer/Director/Producer: Patrick Wang

Producers: Daryl Freimark, Matt Miller

En el Séptimo Día

Writer/Director/Producer: Jim McKay

Producers: Alex Bach, Lindsey Cordero, Caroline Kaplan, Michael Stipe

Never Goin’ Back

Writer/Director: Augustine Frizzell

Producers: Liz Cardenas, Toby Halbrooks, James M. Johnston

Sócrates      

Writer/Director/Producer: Alex Moratto

Writer: Thayná Mantesso

Producers: Ramin Bahrani, Jefferson Paulino, Tammy Weiss

Thunder Road

Writer/Director: Jim Cummings

Producers: Natalie Metzger, Zack Parker, Benjamin Weissner

BEST DIRECTOR

Debra Granik

Leave No Trace

 

Barry Jenkins

If Beale Street Could Talk

 

Tamara Jenkins

Private Life

 

Lynne Ramsay

You Were Never Really Here

 

Paul Schrader

First Reformed

 

BEST SCREENPLAY

 

Richard Glatzer (Writer/Story By), Rebecca Lenkiewicz & Wash Westmoreland

Colette

 

Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty

Can You Ever Forgive Me?

 

Tamara Jenkins

Private Life

 

Boots Riley

Sorry to Bother You

 

Paul Schrader

First Reformed

 

BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY

Bo Burnham

Eighth Grade

 

Christina Choe

Nancy

 

Cory Finley

Thoroughbreds

 

Jennifer Fox

The Tale

 

Quinn Shephard (Writer/Story By), Laurie Shephard (Story By)

Blame

 

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

 

            Ashley Connor

Madeline’s Madeline

 

Diego Garcia

Wildlife

 

Benjamin Loeb

Mandy

 

Sayombhu Mukdeeprom

Suspiria

 

Zak Mulligan

We the Animals

 

BEST EDITING         

 

Joe Bini

You Were Never Really Here

 

Keiko DeguchiBrian A. Kates, Jeremiah Zagar

We the Animals

 

Luke Dunkley, Nick FentonChris GillJulian Hart

American Animals

 

Anne FabiniAlex HallGary Levy

The Tale

 

Nick Houy

Mid90s

 

BEST FEMALE LEAD

 

Glenn Close

The Wife

 

Toni Collette

Hereditary

 

Elsie Fisher

Eighth Grade

 

Regina Hall

Support the Girls

 

Helena Howard

Madeline’s Madeline

 

Carey Mulligan

Wildlife

 

BEST MALE LEAD

John Cho

Searching

 

Daveed Diggs

Blindspotting

 

Ethan Hawke

First Reformed

 

Christian Malheiros

Sócrates

 

Joaquin Phoenix

You Were Never Really Here

 

BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE

Kayli Carter

Private Life

 

Tyne Daly

A Bread Factory

 

Regina King

If Beale Street Could Talk

 

Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie

Leave No Trace

 

  1. Smith-Cameron

Nancy

 

BEST SUPPORTING MALE

Raúl Castillo

We the Animals

 

Adam Driver

BLACKkKLANSMAN

 

Richard E. Grant

Can You Ever Forgive Me?

 

Josh Hamilton

Eighth Grade

 

John David Washington

Monsters and Men

 

ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD – Given to one film’s director, casting director and ensemble cast

                                     

Suspiria                                             

Director: Luca Guadagnino

Casting Directors: Avy Kaufman, Stella Savino

Ensemble Cast: Malgosia Bela, Ingrid Caven, Lutz Ebersdorf, Elena Fokina, Mia Goth, Jessica Harper, Dakota Johnson, Gala Moody, Chloë Grace Moretz, Renée Soutendijk, Tilda Swinton, Sylvie Testud, Angela Winkler

 

BEST DOCUMENTARY (Award given to the director and producer)

 

Hale County This Morning, This Evening 

Director/Producer: RaMell Ross

Producers: Joslyn Barnes, Su Kim

 

Minding the Gap

Director/Producer: Bing Liu

Producer: Diane Quon

 

Of Fathers and Sons

Director: Talal Derki

Producers: Hans Robert Eisenhauer, Ansgar Frerich, Eva Kemme, Tobias N. Siebert

 

On Her Shoulders

Director: Alexandria Bombach

Producers: Hayley Pappas, Brock Williams

 

Shirkers

Director/Producer: Sandi Tan

Producers: Jessica Levin, Maya Rudolph

 

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Director/Producer: Morgan Neville

Producers: Caryn Capotosto, Nicholas Ma

BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM (Award given to the director)

           

Burning

South Korea

Director: Lee Chang-Dong

 

The Favourite

United Kingdom

Director: Yorgos Lanthimos

 

Happy as Lazzaro

Italy

Director: Alice Rohrwacher

 

Roma

Mexico

Director: Alfonso Cuarón

 

Shoplifters

Japan

Director: Kore-eda Hirokazu

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 second Bonnie Award will recognize a mid-career female director with a $50,000 unrestricted grant, sponsored by American Airlines.

 

            Debra Granik

Tamara Jenkins

Karyn Kusama

 

PRODUCERS AWARD – The 22nd annual Producers Award 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.

Jonathan Duffy and Kelly Williams

Gabrielle Nadig

Shrihari Sathe

 

SOMEONE TO WATCH AWARD – The 25th annual Someone to Watch Award recognizes a talented filmmaker of singular vision who has not yet received appropriate recognition. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant.

Alex Moratto

Director of Sócrates

Ioana Uricaru

Director of Lemonade

Jeremiah Zagar

Director of We the Animals

 

TRUER THAN FICTION AWARD – The 24th 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.

Alexandria Bombach

Director of On Her Shoulders

 

Bing Liu

Director of Minding the Gap

 

RaMell Ross

Director of Hale County This Morning, This Evening

BY DISTRIBUTOR

 

DISTRIBUTORNOMINATIONS#
A24

 

 

Eighth Grade, Best Feature

Eighth Grade, Best Female Lead

Eighth Grade, Best First Screenplay

Eighth Grade, Best Supporting Male

First Reformed, Best Director

First Reformed, Best Feature

First Reformed, Best Male Lead

First Reformed, Best Screenplay

Hereditary, Best Female Lead

Hereditary, Best First Feature

Mid90s, Best Editing

Never Goin’ Back, John Cassavetes Award

 

12
Amazon StudiosSuspiria, Best Cinematography

Suspiria, Robert Altman Award

You Were Never Really Here, Best Director

You Were Never Really Here, Best Editing

You Were Never Really Here, Best Feature

You Were Never Really Here, Best Male Lead

 

6
Annapurna PicturesIf Beale Street Could Talk, Best Director

If Beale Street Could Talk, Best Feature

If Beale Street Could Talk, Best Supporting Female

Sorry to Bother You, Best First Feature

Sorry to Bother You, Best Screenplay

 

5
Bleecker StreetColette, Best Screenplay

Leave No Trace, Best Director

Leave No Trace, Best Feature

Leave No Trace, Best Supporting Female

 

4
The Cinema GuildEn el Séptimo Día, John Cassavetes Award

Hale County This Morning, This Evening,

Best Documentary

Hale County This Morning, This Evening,

Truer Than Fiction Award

 

3
Focus FeaturesBLACKkKLANSMAN,  Best Supporting Male

Thoroughbreds, Best First Screenplay

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, Best Documentary

 

3
Fox Searchlight PicturesCan You Ever Forgive Me?, Best Screenplay

Can You Ever Forgive Me?, Best Supporting Male

The Favourite, Best International Film

 

3
HBOThe Tale, Best Editing

The Tale, Best First Feature

The Tale, Best First Screenplay

 

3
IFC FilmsWildlife, Best Cinematography

Wildlife, Best Female Lead

Wildlife, Best First Feature

 

3
Kino LorberOf Fathers and Sons, Best Documentary

 

1
Magnolia Pictures

 

Minding the Gap, Best Documentary

Minding the Gap, Truer Than Fiction Award

Shoplifters, Best International Film

Support the Girls, Best Female Lead

 

4
NEON / MoviePassMonsters and Men, Best Supporting Male1
NetflixHappy as Lazzaro, Best International Film

Private Life, Best Director

Private Life, Best Screenplay

Private Life, Best Supporting Female

Roma, Best International Film

Shirkers, Best Documentary

 

6
The OrchardAmerican Animals, Best Editing

We the Animals, Best Cinematography

We the Animals, Best Editing

We the Animals, Best First Feature

We the Animals, Best Supporting Male

We the Animals, Someone to Watch Award

 

6
Oscilloscope Laboratories

 

Madeline’s Madeline, Best Cinematography

Madeline’s Madeline, Best Female Lead

On Her Shoulders, Best Documentary

On Her Shoulders, Truer Than Fiction Award

 

4
RLJE FilmsMandy, Best Cinematography

 

1
Samuel Goldwyn FilmsBlame, Best First Screenplay

Nancy, Best First Screenplay

Nancy, Best Supporting Female

 

3
Sony Pictures ClassicsThe Wife, Best Female Lead1
Sony Pictures ReleasingSearching, Best Male Lead

 

1
Summit Entertainment, A Lionsgate CompanyBlindspotting, Best Male Lead1
Vanishing AngleThunder Road, John Cassavetes Award1
Well Go USA EntertainmentBurning, Best International Film1
No DistributorA Bread Factory, Best Supporting Female, John Cassavetes Award

Lemonade, Someone to Watch Award

Sócrates, Best Male Lead, John Cassavetes Award, Someone to Watch

 

# of films without distributor 3

 

 

44 NOMINATED FILMS

 

FILM TITLECATEGORIES

 

#
American AnimalsBest Editing

 

     1
BLACKkKLANSMANBest Supporting Male

 

1
BlameBest First Screenplay

 

1
BlindspottingBest Male Lead

 

1
A Bread FactoryBest Supporting Female

John Cassavetes Award

 

2
BurningBest International Film

 

1
Can You Ever Forgive Me?Best Screenplay

Best Supporting Male

 

2
ColetteBest Screenplay

 

1
Eighth GradeBest Feature

Best Female Lead

Best First Screenplay

Best Supporting Male

 

4
En el Séptimo DíaJohn Cassavetes Award

 

1
The FavouriteBest International Film

 

1
First ReformedBest Director

Best Feature

Best Male Lead

Best Screenplay

 

4
Hale County This Morning, This EveningBest Documentary

Truer Than Fiction Award

 

2
Happy as LazzaroBest International Film

 

1
HereditaryBest Female Lead

Best First Feature

 

2
If Beale Street Could TalkBest Director

Best Feature

Best Supporting Female

 

3
Leave No TraceBest Director

Best Feature

Best Supporting Female

 

3
LemonadeSomeone to Watch Award

 

1
Madeline’s MadelineBest Cinematography

Best Female Lead

 

2
MandyBest Cinematography

 

1
Mid90sBest Editing

 

1
Minding the GapBest Documentary

Truer Than Fiction Award

 

2
Monsters and MenBest Supporting Male

 

1
NancyBest First Screenplay

Best Supporting Female

 

2
Never Goin’ BackJohn Cassavetes Award

 

1
Of Fathers and SonsBest Documentary

 

1
On Her ShouldersBest Documentary

Truer Than Fiction Award

 

2
Private LifeBest Director

Best Screenplay

Best Supporting Female

 

3
RomaBest International Film

 

1
SearchingBest Male Lead

 

1
ShirkersBest Documentary

 

1
ShopliftersBest International Film

 

1
SócratesBest Male Lead

John Cassavetes Award

Someone to Watch Award

 

3
Sorry to Bother YouBest First Feature

Best Screenplay

 

2
Support the GirlsBest Female Lead

 

1
SuspiriaBest Cinematography

Robert Altman Award

 

2
The TaleBest Editing

Best First Feature

Best First Screenplay

 

3
Thunder RoadJohn Cassavetes Award

 

1
ThoroughbredsBest First Screenplay

 

1
We the AnimalsBest Cinematography

Best Editing

Best First Feature

Best Supporting Male

Someone to Watch Award

 

5
The WifeBest Female Lead

 

1
WildlifeBest Cinematography

Best Female Lead

Best First Feature

 

3
Won’t You Be My Neighbor?Best Documentary1
You Were Never Really HereBest Director

Best Editing

Best Feature

Best Male Lead

 

4

 

                                                                                                           

ABOUT THE FILM INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARDS

Now in its 34th year, the Film Independent Spirit Awards is an annual celebration honoring artist-driven films made with an economy of means by filmmakers whose films embody independence and originality. The Spirit Awards recognizes the achievements of American independent filmmakers and promotes the finest independent films of the year to a wider audience.

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