2021 Independent Spirit Award Nominations (Updating Live)

The Independent Spirit Awards are announcing their nominations on Tuesday morning for their 36th annual event.

The honors, which recognize the best work in the arthouse space, are a key stop on the awards season trail. Eligible films must have budgets under $22.5 million, which means that the likes of “Mank,” “Da Five Bloods” and “The Trial of the Chicago 7,” which are expected to compete for Oscars, won’t make the cut. However, other critical darlings such as “Minari” and “Nomadland” do have small enough budgets to make them contenders for Spirits. This year’s honors also include television programming, a first for the Indie Spirits.

“The Farewell” won the best feature honor in 2020, while “Uncut Gems” picked up statues for Adam Sandler’s lead role and the directing of Josh Safdie and Benny Safdie. Renee Zellweger picked up the lead actress prize. Only Zellweger went on to win the Oscar.

This year’s ceremony will occur on April 22, but will likely look very different from the raucous beachfront gathering that took place in past years due to coronavirus. The show be broadcast on IFC on April 23.

Olivia Wilde, Barry Jenkins and Laverne Cox announced the nominees. We will update the nominees in real time.

Best Feature

Best Director

Best First Feature
I Carry You With Me
The 40 Year Old Version
The Sound of Metal
Miss Juneteenth
Nine Days

Best Female Lead

Best Male Lead

Riz Ahmed (“The Sound of Metal”)
Chadwick Boseman (“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”)
Rob Morgan (“Bull”)
Steven Yeun (“Minari”)
Adarsh Gourav (“The White Tiger”)

Best Supporting Female

Best Supporting Male
Colmand Domingo (“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”)
Orion Lee (“First Cow”)
Paul Raci (“Sound of Metal”)
Glynn Turman (“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”)
Benedict Wong (“Nine Days”)

Best Screenplay
Bad Education
The Half of It
Never Rarely Sometimes Always
Promising Young Woman

Best First Screenplay

Best Cinematography

Best Editing

John Cassavetes Award
The Killing of Two Lovers
La Leyenda Negra
Lingua Franca
Saint Frances

Robert Altman Award

Best Documentary
“Crip Camp”
“Dick Johnson Is Dead”
“The Mole Agent”

Best International Film

Piaget Producers Award

Someone to Watch Award

Truer Than Fiction Award

Annual Bonnie Award

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