2021 Film Independent Spirit Awards Nominations: The Full List

The spirit of independent filmmaking is all about making it work, so it should come as no surprise that even though the pandemic forced Hollywood to temporarily shut down, there were still plenty of films to choose from for the 36th Film Independent Spirit Awards.

On Tuesday, Film Independent — along with special presenters Laverne Cox, Barry Jenkins and Olivia Wilde — unveiled this year’s nominees. (Including, for the first time, television honorees!)

The Indie Spirit Awards ceremony itself was previously rescheduled due to COVID-19 and will take place on April 22 — the Thursday before the Oscars, a slight break from tradition — airing live on IFC.

[This post will be updated as nominations are announced.]

Here is the full list of nominees:

BEST FEATURE

First Cow
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Minari
Never Rarely Sometimes Always
Nomadland

BEST FIRST FEATURE

I Carry You With Me
The Forty-Year-Old Version
Miss Juneteenth
Nine Days
Sound of Metal

BEST DIRECTOR

Lee Isaac Chung, Minari
Emerald Fennell, Promising Young Woman
Eliza Hittman, Never Rarely Sometimes Always
Kelly Reichardt, First Cow
Chloé Zhao, Nomadland

BEST SCREENPLAY

Bad Education
The Half of It
Minari
Never Rarely Sometimes Always
Promising Young Woman

BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY

The Assistant
Lapsis
Miss Juneteenth
Palm Springs
Straight Up

JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD
Given to the best feature made for under $500,000

The Killing of Two Lovers
La Leyenda Negra

Lingua Franca
Residue
Saint Frances

BEST MALE LEAD

Riz Ahmed, Sound of Metal
Chadwick Boseman, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Adarsh Gourav, The White Tiger
Rob Morgan, Bull
Steven Yeun, Minari

BEST FEMALE LEAD

Nicole Beharie, Miss Juneteenth
Viola Davis, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Sidney Flanigan, Never Rarely Sometimes Always
Julia Garner, The Assistant
Frances McDormand, Nomadland
Carey Mulligan, Promising Young Woman

BEST SUPPORTING MALE

 

BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE

 

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

 

BEST EDITING

 

ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD
Given to one film’s director, casting director and ensemble cast.

One Night in Miami

BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM

 

BEST DOCUMENTARY

 

TRUER THAN FICTION AWARD
The 25th annual Truer Than Fiction Award is presented to an emerging director of non-fiction features who has not yet received significant recognition. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant.

 

PRODUCERS AWARD
The 23rd annual Producers Award honors emerging producers who, despite highly limited resources, demonstrate the creativity, tenacity and vision required to produce quality, independent films. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant.

 

SOMEONE TO WATCH AWARD
The 26th annual Someone to Watch Award recognizes a talented filmmaker of singular vision who has not yet received appropriate recognition. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant.

 

BEST NEW SCRIPTED SERIES

A Teacher
I May Destroy You
Little America
Small Axe
Unorthodox

BEST NEW NON-SCRIPTED OR DOCUMENTARY SERIES

 

BEST MALE PERFORMANCE IN A SCRIPTED SERIES

 

BEST FEMALE PERFORMANCE IN A SCRIPTED SERIES

 

BEST ENSEMBLE CAST IN A SCRIPTED SERIES

I May Destroy You

The 2021 Film Independent Spirit Awards will take place on April 22, airing live at 7:00 p.m. PT / 10:00 p.m. ET on IFC.

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