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The 2017 Independent Spirit Award Nominations, Read The Full List

Moonlight

Each year, the Independent Spirit Awards honors the best in the world of independent film, while at the same time starting the wheels going for the season of awards voting at large. With big studios pictures and independent films racing towards the finish line known as the Academy Awards, the smaller portion of the equation gets the head start with the 32 year old tradition. Without further delay, here are the nominees fighting it out for independent glory.

BEST FEATURE

American Honey

Chronic

Jackie

Manchester by the Sea

Moonlight

BEST DIRECTOR

Andrea Arnold - American Honey

Barry Jenkins -- Moonlight

Pablo Larraín -- 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

Moonlight

Manchester by the Sea

20th Century Women

Little Men

Hell or High Water

BEST DOCUMENTARY

13th

I Am Not Your Negro

O.J.: Made in America

Sonita

Under the Sun

BEST FIRST FEATURE

The Childhood of a Leader

The Fits

Other People

Swiss Army Man

The Witch

BEST EDITING

Swiss Army Man

Manchester by the Sea

Moonlight

Hell or High Water

Jackie

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Free In Deed

The Childhood of a Leader

The Eyes of My Mother

Moonlight

American Honey

BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM

Aquarius

Chevalier

My Golden Days

Toni Erdmann

Under the Shadow

JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD (Best Feature Made For Under $5,000)

Free In Deed

Hunter Gatherer

Lovesong

Nakom

Spa Night

ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD (Best Director / Casting Director / Ensemble)

Moonlight

KIEHL'S SOMEONE TO WATCH AWARD

Andrew Ahn

Claire Carré

Anna Rose Holmer

Ingrid Jungermann

Deadline broke the list of the Independent Spirit Awards, with a couple of long touted films taking their places at the prestige season starting line. Tied with 6 nominations, both Moonlight & American Honey are at the forefront of the race. Both have been low-key buzz drivers, with the former grabbing a lot of critical acclaim and the acclaimed Robert Altman Award, and the latter bringing actor Shia LaBeouf a nomination for Best Supporting Male. For an actor who thought he was going to be on the outs with the awards committees this year, that's not a bad start to something that could end up being much bigger. Meanwhile, fellow big talkers Manchester By The Sea and Jackie have five and four Independent Spirit Award nominations, respectively.

A glaring omission, and a possible indication on what its awards fortunes are going to amount to come Oscar season, is the former front-runner The Birth of A Nation. This must be dismaying for distributor Fox Searchlight, which went all in on Nat Parker's historical drama, in the hopes of cashing in on the immense buzz the film has cultivated at Sundance. However, the other side of the coin has seen fans of the criminally underseen Hell or High Water cheering for joy, as the film's nominations for Best Screenplay, Best Editing, and in the case of actor Ben Foster, Best Supporting Male, are already throwing coal into the film's awards season hype train.

Jackie Natalie Portman

While the nominations will certainly kindle the nomination committees for all the other big awards in town, the actual Independent Spirit Awards will take place on February 25th, airing live on IFC starting at 5 PM EST.

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