Independant Film Spirit Awards Nominees


The Film Independent announced their nominees for the Film Independent Spirit Awards. For $95 anyone can become a member and they are eligible to vote. Their mission is to champion the cause of independent film and support a community of artists who embody diversity, innovation and uniqueness of vision. 

This year, Anomalisa, Beasts of No Nation and Tangerine would have a hard time in the Oscar race, but the Spirit Awards give them the recognition that they deserve.

The ceremony takes place Saturday February 27th at 2p PT in a tent on a beach in Santa Monica. Airs later that night on the IFC channel.


Best Feature


Beasts of No Nation






Best Director

Sean Baker, Tangerine

Cary Joji Fukunaga, Beasts of No Nation

Todd Haynes, Carol

Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson, Anomalisa

Tom McCarthy, Spotlight

David Roger Mitchell, It Follows



Best Screenplay


Bone Tomahawk


The End of the Tour




Best Female Lead

Bel Powley, The Diary of a Teenage Girl

Cate Blanchett, Carol

Brie Larson, Room

Rooney Mara, Carol

Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, Tangerine



Best Male Lead

Christopher Abbot, James White

Abraham Attah, Beasts of No Nation

Ben Mendelshon, Mississippi Grind

Jason Segel, End of the Tour

Koudous Seihon, Mediterranean



Best Supporting Female

Robin Bartlet, H.

Marin Ireland, Glass Chin

Jennifer Jason Leigh, Anomalisa

Mya Taylor, Tangerine

Cynthia Nixon, James White



Best Supporting Male

Kevin Corrigan, Results

Paul Dano, Love & Mercy

Idris Elba, Beasts of No Nation

Richard Jenkins, Bone Tomahawk

Michael Shannon, 99 Homes



Best Documentary

Best of Enemies

Heart of a Dog

The Look of Silence


Russian Woodpecker




Best First Feature

The Diary of a Teenage Girl

James White

Manos Sucas


Songs My Brothers Taught Me



Best First Screenplay

The Diary of a Teenage Girl

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl


The Mend




Best Editing

Beasts of No Nation

Heaven Knows What

It Follows





Best Cinematography

Beasts of No Nation


It Follows


Songs My Brothers Taught Me



Best International Film

Embrace of the Serpent



A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence

Son of Saul



John Cassavettes Award


Christmas, Again

Heaven Knows What


Out of My Hand



Robert Altman Award


Kiehl’s Someone to Watch Award

Chloe Zhoa

Felix Thompson

Robert Machoian & Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck


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