“Eighth Grade,” “First Reformed” Lead “2019 Independent Spirit Awards Noms

By Creative Media Times

The Film Independent Spirit Awards unveiled 2018’s list of nominees, providing an early look at how the awards season is shaping up leading to the academy awards.

At the top of this list are “Eighth Grade,” “First Reformed,” “If Beale Street Could Talk,” “Leave No Trace” and “You Were Never Really Here” all of which received best picture nominations.

“We The Animals,” from director Jeremiah Zagar and based on the novel of the same name by Justin Torres, received the most nominations with five.

This summer’s documentary hit “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” received documentary nomination along with Minding the Gap, Of Fathers and Sons, Hale County, On Her Shoulders and Shirkers.

The nominees were announced at Los Angeles’ W Hotel by Crazy Rich Asians actress Gemma Chan and Saturday Night Live alumna Molly Shannon.

The 34th Spirit Awards ceremony will be held on their usual home at the beach in Santa Monica and will air on IFC at 2 p.m. PT on Feb. 23.

Check out the list below for the full list of nominees:

Best Feature
Eighth Grade
First Reformed
If Beale Street Could Talk
Leave No Trace
You Were Never Really Here

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 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 There

Best First Feature
Sorry to Bother You
The Tale
We the Animals

Robert Altman Award

The Bonnie Award
Debra Granki
Tamara Jenkins
Karyn Kusama

The Producers Award
Jonathan Duffy and Kelly Williams
Gabrielle Nadig
Shrihari Sathe

The Someone to Watch Award
Alex Moratto, Sócrates
Ioana Uricaru, Lemonade
Jeremiah Zager, We the Animals

The Truer Than Fiction Award
Alexandria Bombach, On Her Shoulders
Bing Liu, Minding the Gap
RaMell Ross, Hale County This Morning, This Evening

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
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

Best Screenplay
Richard Glatzer (Writer/Story By), Rebecca Lenkiewicz & Wash Westmoreland, Colette
Nicole Holofcener & 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) and 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 There
Keiko Deguchi, Brian A. Kates & Jeremiah Zagar, We the Animals
Luke Dunkley, Nick Fenton, Chris Gill & Julian Hart, American Animals
Anne Fabini, Alex Hall and Gary Levy, The Tale
Nick Houy, Mid90s

Best International Film
Burning (South Korea)
The Favourite (United Kingdom)
Happy as Lazzaro (Italy)
Roma (Mexico)
Shoplifters (Japan)

Best Documentary
Hale Country This Morning, This Evening
Minding the Gap
Of Fathers and Sons
On Her Shoulders
Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

John Cassavetes Award
A Bread Factory
En El Séptimo Día
Never Goin’ Back
Thunder Road