Call Me By Your Name, Florida Project, Lady Bird, Get Out and Good Time among 2018 Independent Spirit nominees

The gay love story Call My By Your Name has topped the list of nominations for the 2018 Independent Spirit Awards. It’s up for six awards, including Best Feature, Best Director, Best Lead Actor for Timothée Chalamet and Best Supporting actor for Armie Hammer.

Jordan Peele’s social nightmare Get Out is up for five Spirits, including Best Feature and Best Lead Actor for Britain’s Daniel Kaluuya. Peele himself is in the running for the Best Director and Best Screenplay awards.

An almost unrecognisable Robert Pattison is nominated in the Best Lead Actor category for Good Time

There are also five nominations for the low-key crime thriller, Good Time. Benny Safdie is up for Best Supporting Actor and jointly shares a directing nomination with his brother Josh and an editing nomination with Ronald Bronstein. The film’s star, another British actor Robert Pattinson, is in the running for the Best Lead Actor, against Chalamet, Kaluuya, Harris Dickinson for Beach Rats and James Franco for playing Tommy Wiseau, the director of what’s widely regarded as the worst film of all time, The Room, in his biopic The Disaster Artist.

The actress Greta Gerwig has earned one of Lady Bird’s four nominations for her first solo outing as a director. The drama The Rider is also nominated for four categories, including Best Feature.

The Florida Project is up for the Best Feature and Best Director Spirits

Sean Baker’s critically praised Florida Project has secured only two nominations, but they’re in the key categories of Best Director and Best Director.

One of the awards handed out by the LA-based independent film-makers’ organisation Film Independent does not go through a nomination and voting process; it’s already been decided that the Robert Altman Award, which honours a director, casting director and ensemble cast, will go to Dee Rees’s 1940s civil rights drama Mudbound.

Typically, the nominations list throws up the usual quirks. Firstly, there’s the issue arising from international co-productions at what purport to be domestic awards events. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is up for 3 Spirit Awards in the US, while next month it’ll be in the running in 11 categories at the British Independent Film Awards, or BIFAs.

And secondly, while the Spirits, like the BIFAs, have a category for the Best International Film, that throws up its own peculiarities. Alongside the British film Lady Macbeth on the nominations list is I am Not a Witch – labelled by the Spirits organisers as Zambian, but it was largely funded by the BFI and features alongside Lady Macbeth and Three Billboards on BIFA’s Best Independent British Film shortlist.

The winners – chosen by film-making professionals who belong to the LA-based Film Independent organisation – will be announced at a ceremony in a marquee on Santa Monica beach on 3rd March 2018. The event is always timed to take place on the day before the Oscars, to ensure that the biggest stars – or at least those most in demand by the press – are in town to appear on the red carpet and draw attention to an awards ceremony which is honouring films which most audiences won’t have seen.

Here is the full list of nominations:


Call Me by Your Name         

Producers: Peter Spears, Luca Guadagnino, Emilie Georges, Rodrigo Teixeira, Marco Morabito, James Ivory, Howard Rosenman

The Florida Project  

Producers: Sean Baker, Chris Bergoch, Kevin Chinoy, Andrew Duncan, Alex Saks, Francesca Silvestri, Shih-Ching Tsou

Get Out          

Producers: Jason Blum, Edward H. Hamm Jr., Sean McKittrick, Jordan Peele

Lady Bird      

Producers: Eli Bush, Evelyn O’Neill, Scott Rudin

The Rider      

Producers: Mollye Asher, Bert Hamelinck, Sacha Ben Harroche, Chloé Zhao




Director: Kogonada

Producers: Danielle Renfrew Behrens, Aaron Boyd, Giulia Caruso, Ki Jin Kim, Andrew Miano, Chris Weitz

Ingrid Goes West     

Director: Matt Spicer

Producers: Jared Ian Goldman, Adam Mirels, Robert Mirels, Aubrey Plaza, Tim White, Trevor White


Director/Producer: Joshua Z. Weinstein

Producers: Yoni Brook, Traci Carlson, Daniel Finkelman, Alex Lipschultz

Oh Lucy!

Director/Producer: Atsuko Hirayanagi

Producers: Jessica Elbaum, Yukie Kito, Han West

Patti Cake$   

Director: Geremy Jasper

Producers: Chris Columbus, Michael Gottwald, Dan Janvey, Daniela Taplin Lundberg, Noah Stahl, Rodrigo Teixeira

JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD – Given to the best feature made for under $500,000. (Award given to the writer, director and producer. Executive Producers are not awarded.)


Writer/Director/Producer: Amman Abbasi

Writer: Steven Reneau

Producers: Lachion Buckingham, Alexander Uhlmann

A Ghost Story         

Writer/Director: David Lowery

Producers: Adam Donaghey, Toby Halbrooks, James M. Johnston

Life and nothing more       

Writer/Director: Antonio Méndez Esparza

Producers: Amadeo Hernández Bueno, Alvaro Portanet Hernández, Pedro Hernández Santos

Most Beautiful Island         

Writer/Director/Producer: Ana Asensio

Producers: Larry Fessenden, Noah Greenberg, Chadd Harbold, Jenn Wexler

The Transfiguration

Writer/Director: Michael O’Shea

Producer: Susan Leber


Sean Baker

The Florida Project    

Jonas Carpignano

A Ciambra      

Luca Guadagnino

Call Me by Your Name          

Jordan Peele

Get Out          

Benny SafdieJosh Safdie

Good Time     

Chloé Zhao

The Rider       



Greta Gerwig

Lady Bird        

Azazel Jacobs

The Lovers     

Martin McDonagh

Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri   

Jordan Peele

Get Out          

Mike White

Beatriz at Dinner


Kris Avedisian

Story By: Kyle Espeleta, Jesse Wakeman

Donald Cried  

Emily V. Gordon, Kumail Nanjiani

The Big Sick  

Ingrid Jungermann

Women Who Kill



David Branson Smith, Matt Spicer

Ingrid Goes West



Thimios Bakatakis

The Killing of a Sacred Deer 

Elisha Christian


Hélène Louvart

Beach Rats    

Sayombhu Mukdeeprom

Call Me by Your Name          

Joshua James Richards

The Rider



Ronald Bronstein, Benny Safdie

Good Time

Walter Fasano

Call Me by Your Name          

Alex O’Flinn

The Rider

Gregory Plotkin

Get Out          

Tatiana S. Riegel

I, Tonya          



Salma Hayek

Beatriz at Dinner        

Frances McDormand

Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

Margot Robbie

I, Tonya

Saoirse Ronan

Lady Bird        

Shinobu Terajima

Oh Lucy!        

Regina Williams

Life and nothing more


Timothée Chalamet

Call Me by Your Name

Harris Dickinson

Beach Rats    

James Franco

The Disaster Artist

Daniel Kaluuya

Get Out          

Robert Pattinson

Good Time     


Holly Hunter

The Big Sick

Allison Janney

I, Tonya          

Laurie Metcalf

Lady Bird                    

Lois Smith

Marjorie Prime

Taliah Lennice Webster

Good Time



Nnamdi Asomugha

Crown Heights                       

Armie Hammer

Call Me by Your Name          

Barry Keoghan

The Killing of a Sacred Deer

Sam Rockwell

Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri   

Benny Safdie

Good Time


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


Director: Dee Rees

Casting Directors: Billy Hopkins, Ashley Ingram

Ensemble Cast: Jonathan Banks, Mary J. Blige, Jason Clarke, Garrett Hedlund, Jason Mitchell, Rob Morgan, Carey Mulligan


BEST DOCUMENTARY (Award given to the director and producer)

The Departure          

Director/Producer: Lana Wilson

Faces Places

Directors: Agnés Varda, JR

Producer: Rosalie Varda

Last Men in Aleppo 

Director: Feras Fayyad

Producers: Kareem Abeed, Søeren Steen Jespersen, Stefan Kloos


Director/Producer: Ramona S. Diaz

Producer: Rey Cuerdo


Director: Jonathan Olshefski

Producer: Sabrina Schmidt Gordon

BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM (Award given to the director)

BPM (Beats Per Minute)      


Director: Robin Campillo

A Fantastic Woman 


Director: Sebastián Lelio

I Am Not a Witch      


Director: Rungano Nyoni

Lady Macbeth           


Director: William Oldroyd



Director: Andrey Zvyagintsev


BONNIE AWARD – Bonnie Tiburzi Caputo joined American Airlines in 1973 at age 24, becoming the first female pilot to fly for a major U.S. airline. In her honor, the inaugural Bonnie Award will recognize a mid-career female director with a $50,000 unrestricted grant, sponsored by American Airlines.

So Yong Kim

Lynn Shelton

Chloé Zhao


JEEP TRUER THAN FICTION AWARD – The 23rd annual Truer Than Fiction Award, funded by the Jeep brand, 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 funded by the Jeep brand.

Shevaun Mizrahi

Director of Distant Constellation        

Jonathan Olshefski

Director of Quest       

Jeff Unay

Director of The Cage Fighter


KIEHL’S SOMEONE TO WATCH AWARD – The 24th annual Someone to Watch Award, funded by Kiehl’s Since 1851, recognizes a talented filmmaker of singular vision who has not yet received appropriate recognition. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant funded by Kiehl’s Since 1851.

Amman Abbasi

Director of Dayveon

Justin Chon

Director of Gook

Kevin Phillips

Director of Super Dark Times


PIAGET PRODUCERS AWARD – The 21st annual Producers Award, funded by Piaget, 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 funded by Piaget.

Giulia Caruso & Ki Jin Kim

Ben LeClair

Summer Shelton

In addition, Visit Seattle will fund the Seattle Story Award, which is still open for nominations. The winning filmmaker will exhibit innovation, diversity and uniqueness of vision while having a history of transforming perspectives through rich stories. The recipient will receive a $25,000 cash grant to create a short film inspired by Seattle’s independent spirit. This film will premiere during the Spirit Awards broadcast.