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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

Anomalisa

Beasts of No Nation

Carol

Spotlight

Tangerine

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

Anomalisa

Bone Tomahawk

Carol

The End of the Tour

Spotlight

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

Meru

Russian Woodpecker

(T)error

Best First Feature

The Diary of a Teenage Girl

James White

Manos Sucas

Mediterranea

Songs My Brothers Taught Me

Best First Screenplay

The Diary of a Teenage Girl

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Mediterranea

The Mend

Room

Best Editing

Beasts of No Nation

Heaven Knows What

It Follows

Room

Spotlight

Best Cinematography

Beasts of No Nation

Carol

It Follows

Meadowland

Songs My Brothers Taught Me

Best International Film

Embrace of the Serpent

Girlhood

Mustang

A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence

Son of Saul

John Cassavettes Award

Advantageous

Christmas, Again

Heaven Knows What

Krisha

Out of My Hand

Robert Altman Award

Spotlight

Kiehl’s Someone to Watch Award

Chloe Zhoa

Felix Thompson

Robert Machoian & Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck