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

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

    by daniel barna · November 22, 2016

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    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
    Chronic
    Jackie
    Manchester by the Sea
    Moonlight

    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
    Moonlight
    20th Century Women

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

    Best first screenplay
    Barry
    Christine
    Jean of the Joneses
    Other People
    The Witch

    Best international film
    Aquarius
    Chevalier
    My Golden Days
    Toni Erdmann
    Under the Shadow

    Best documentary feature
    13th
    Cameraperson
    I Am Not Your Negro
    OJ: Made in America
    Sonita
    Under the Sun

    Best cinematography
    American Honey
    Childhood
    Free in Deed
    Eyes of My Mother
    Moonlight

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

    John Cassavetes award
    Free in Deed
    Hunter Gatherer
    Lovesong
    Nakom
    Spa Night

    Robert Altman award
    Moonlight

    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

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