‘Eighth Grade’ And ‘First Reformed’ Lead The 2019 Independent Spirit Award Nominations


Awards season has officially kicked off with the nominations announcement for the 34th Independent Spirit Awards, and some clear frontrunners are in sight. Bo Burnham’s Eighth Grade, a film so realistic that it may have caused junior-high PTSD, and Paul Schrader’s First Reformed, which starred Ethan Hawke as an alcoholic clergyman, have both scored four nominations, including Best Feature. Ahead of those two films, at least as far as sheer quantity of noms is concerned, We The Animals, a visceral coming-of-age tale, brings in a total of five nominations.

Notably, Suspiria has snagged the Robert Altman award along with a Best Cinematography nod, although director Luca Guadagnino hasn’t been singled out in his respective category. Other perceived omissions include Spike Lee’s BLACKkKLANSMAN, which was left out of the major categories, although Adam Driver was nominated for his supporting performance. Whether these snubs stick can’t be predicted, but the Indie Spirit Awards have increasingly been viewed as sniffing out Oscar voting trends. If that’s still the case, then Eighth Grade‘s middle finger to the MPAA may have scored some points.

Here’s the full list of Independent Spirit Nominations.

Best Feature
Eighth Grade
First Reformed
If Beale Street Could Talk
Leave No Trace
You Were Never Really Here

Best First Feature
Sorry to Bother You
The Tale
We the Animals

John Cassavetes Award (Given to the best feature made for under $500,000)
A Bread Factory
En el Séptimo Día
Never Goin’ Back
Thunder Road

Best Director
Debra Granik, Leave No Trace
Barry Jenkins, If Beale Street Could Talk
Tamara Jenkins, Private Life
Lynne Ramsay, You Were Never Really Here
Paul Schrader, First Reformed

Best Screenplay
Richard Glatzer, Rebecca Lenkiewicz & Wash Westmoreland, Colette
Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Tamara Jenkins, Private Life
Boots Riley, Sorry to Bother You
Paul Schrader, First Reformed

Best First Screenplay
Bo Burnham, Eighth Grade
Christina Choe, Nancy
Cory Finley, Thoroughbreds
Jennifer Fox, The Tale
Quinn Shephard & Laurie Shephard, Blame

Best Cinematography
Ashley Connor, Madeline’s Madeline
Diego Garcia, Wildlife
Benjamin Loeb, Mandy
Sayombhu Mukdeeprom, Suspiria
Zak Mulligan, We the Animals

Best Editing
Joe Bini, You Were Never Really Here
Keiko Deguchi, Brian A. Kates & Jeremiah Zagar, We the Animals
Luke Dunkley, Nick Fenton, Chris Gill & Julian Hart, American Animals
Anne Fabini, Alex Hall & Gary Levy, The Tale
Nick Houy, Mid90s

Best Female Lead
Glenn Close, The Wife
Toni Collette, Hereditary
Elsie Fisher, Eighth Grade
Regina Hall, Support the Girls
Helena Howard, Madeline’s Madeline
Carey Mulligan, Wildlife

Best Male Lead
John Cho, Searching
Daveed Diggs, Blindspotting
Ethan Hawke, First Reformed
Christian Malheiros, Sócrates
Joaquin Phoenix, You Were Never Really Here

Best Supporting Female
Kayli Carter, Private Life
Tyne Daly, A Bread Factory
Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk
Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie, Leave No Trace
J. Smith-Cameron, Nancy

Best Supporting Male
Raúl Castillo, We the Animals
Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Josh Hamilton, Eighth Grade
John David Washington, Monsters and Men

Robert Altman Award

Best Documentary
Hale County This Morning, This Evening
Minding the Gap
Of Fathers and Sons
On Her Shoulders
Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Best International Film
The Favourite
Happy as Lazzaro

Bonnie Award
Debra Granik
Tamara Jenkins
Karyn Kusama

Piaget Producers Award
Jonathan Duffy and Kelly Williams
Gabrielle Nadig
Shrihari Sathe

Someone To Watch
Alex Moratto, Sócrates
Ioana Uricaru, Lemonade
Jeremiah Zagar, We the Animals

Truer Than Fiction
Alexandria Bombach, Director of On Her Shoulders
Bing Liu, Minding the Gap
RaMell Ross, Hale County This Morning, This Evening

(Via Spirit Awards)