Moonlight, American Honey, Manchester by the Sea Top Independent Spirit Awards Nominations

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The nominees for the 32nd Independent Spirit Awards have been announced and the competition is looking fierce.

Moonlight, which tells the story of a gay African-American boy growing up in poor Miami, and the road-trip love story American Honey starring Shia LaBeouf are tied for the lead with six nods, including best feature and best director for Jenkins and Arnold.

Other Best Feature nominees include Natalie Portman’s portrayal of Jacqueline Kennedy in Jackie, and Casey Affleck’s New England-based family drama Manchester by the Sea. Those films, along with Michel Franco’s Chronic, earned five nominations in all.

Other buzzed-about indie films like the Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone musical La La Land and Tom Ford’s Nocturnal Animals were not eligible this year because their budgets exceeded the $20 million award criteria, according to Variety. The Independent Spirit Awards can be a good gauge of a film’s Oscar potential, with the winner of the Spirit Award for Best Feature going on to win the Oscar for Best Picture for the past three years in a row (12 Years a Slave, Birdman and Spotlight).

The winners will be announced on IFC on Feb. 25, 2017 (the day before the Academy Awards). See the full list of nominees below.

Best Feature
American Honey
Manchester by the Sea

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

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 Female Lead
Annete Bening, 20th Century Women
Isabelle Huppert, Elle
Sasha Lane, American Honey
Ruth Negga, Loving
Natalie Portman, Jackie

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 First Feature
The Childhood of a Leader
The Fits
Other People
Swiss Army Man
The Witch

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

Best Screenplay
Barry Jenkins (story by Tarell Alvin McCraney), Moonlight
Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea
Mike Mills, 20th Century Women
Ira Sachs and Mauricio Zacharias, Little Men
Taylor Sheridan, Hell or High Water

Best First Screenplay
Robert Eggers, The Witch
Chris Kelly, Other People
Adam Mansbach, Barry
Stella Meghie, Jean of the Joneses
Craig Shilowich, Christine

Best Cinematography
Ava Berkofsky, Free In Deed
Lol Crawley, The Childhood of a Leader
Zach Kuperstein, The Eyes of My Mother
James Laxton, Moonlight
Robbie Ryan, American Honey

Best Editing
Matthew Hannam, Swiss Army Man
Jennifer Lame, Manchester by the Sea
Joi McMillon, Nat Sanders, Moonlight
Jake Roberts, Hell or High Water
Sebastián Sepúlveda, Jackie

Best International Film
My Golden Days
Toni Erdmann
Under the Shadow

John Cassavetes Award (Best Feature Under $500,000)
Free in Deed
Hunter Gatherer
Spa Night

Robert Altman Award (Best Ensemble)

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