‘Manchester by The Sea’ + ‘American Honey’ Are Among the Snubs And Surprises From This Year’s Independent Spirit Award Nominations

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It’s hard not to feel for Michelle Williams right now

The nominees for the 32nd Independent Spirit Awards—aka the Oscars by the sea—were revealed. As expected, Moonlight led the pack with six nods, including Best Feature and Best Director for Barry Jenkins. But in a twist no one saw coming, it was American Honey that found itself neck and neck with Moonlight, and not prospective Oscar frontrunner, Manchester by The Sea, which only managed five nominations. Both Kenneth Lonergan, who directed the film, and Michelle Williams, who stars, were snubbed.

Joining Moonlight, Manchester by The Sea, and American Honey in the race for Best Film is the Jackie Kennedy Onassis biopic, Jackiewhose star Natalie Portman earned a nod for Best Actress—as well as the little-seen drama Chronic.

Portman will begin her march toward an Oscar, going up against Annette Bening for 20th Century Women, Sasha Lane for American Honey, Ruth Negga for Loving, and Isabelle Huppert for the controversial drama Elle. And, while Portman is a virtual lock to take home the top prize, her competition for the Oscar will be much steeper when Emma Stone and Amy Adams—whose respective films La La Land and Arrival were both ineligible for the Independent Spirit Awards—join the race.

The Independent Spirit Awards will be broadcast live on IFC on February 25. Check out the full list of nominees below.  


Best Feature
American Honey
Manchester by the Sea

Best director
Andrea Arnold, American Honey
Barry Jenkins, Moonlight
Pablo Larrain, Jackie
Jeff Nichols, Loving
Kelly Reichardt, Certain Women

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

Best screenplay
Hell or High Water
Little Men
Manchester by the Sea
20th Century Women

Best first feature
The Childhood of a Leader
The Fits
Other People
Swiss Army Man
The Witch

Best first screenplay
Jean of the Joneses
Other People
The Witch

Best international film
My Golden Days
Toni Erdmann
Under the Shadow

Best documentary feature
I Am Not Your Negro
OJ: Made in America
Under the Sun

Best cinematography
American Honey
Free in Deed
Eyes of My Mother

Best editing
Hell or High Water
Manchester by the Sea
Swiss Army Man

John Cassavetes award
Free in Deed
Hunter Gatherer
Spa Night

Robert Altman award

Piaget producers award
Lisa Kjerulff
Jordana Mollick
Melody C Roscher
Craig Shilowich

Truer than fiction award
Kristi Jacobson, Solitary
Sara Jordeno, Kiki
Nanfu Wang, Holligan Sparrow

Someone to watch award
Andrew Ahn, Spa Night
Claire Carre, Embers
Anna Rose Holmer, The Fits
Ingrid Jungermann, Women Who Kill