Movie Report: Film Independent Announces Spirit Award Nominees

While Film Independent’s Spirit Awards won’t take place until March on the day before the Oscars, nominations were announced Tuesday. The 2018 ceremony will be the 33rd edition of the Spirit Awards, which often take place on the Saturday before Oscar Sunday. In the last four years, film’s that won the Best Feature Spirit Award (12 Years a Slave, Birdman, Spotlight and Moonlight) went on to win Best Picture at the Academy Awards.

This year’s nominees, according to Deadline Hollywood, are:


  • Call Me By Your Name
  • Get Out
  • Lady Bird
  • The Florida Project
  • The Rider


  • Columbus, Director: Kogonada
  • Ingrid Goes West, Director: Matt Spicer
  • Menashe, Director/Producer: Joshua Z. Weinstein
  • Oh Lucy!, Director/Producer: Atsuko Hirayanagi
  • Patti Cake$, Director: Geremy Jasper

JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD (Presented to a film with a budget under $500,000

  • Dayveon
  • A Ghost Story
  • Life and nothing more
  • Most Beautiful Island
  • The Transfiguration


  • Sean Baker, The Florida Project
  • Jonas Carpignano, A Ciambra
  • Luca Guadagnino, Call Me by Your Name
  • Jordan Peele, Get Out
  • Benny Safdie, Josh 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


  • Donald Cried, Kris Avedisian, Story By: Kyle Espeleta, Jesse Wakeman
  • The Big Sick, Emily V. Gordon, Kumail Nanjiani
  • Women Who Kill, Ingrid Jungermann
  • Columbus, Kogonada
  • Ingrid Goes West, David Branson Smith, Matt Spicer


  • Thimios Bakatakis, The Killing of a Sacred Deer
  • Elisha Christian, Columbus
  • 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
  • Bennie Safdie, Good Time

ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD (Awarded to an ensemble cast)

  • Mudbound, 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.


  • BPM (Beats Per Minute) from France, Director: Robin Campillo
  • A Fantastic Woman from Chile, Director: Sebastián Lelio
  • I Am Not a Witch from Zambia, Director: Rungano Nyoni
  • Lady Macbeth from U.K., Director: William Oldroyd
  • Loveless from Russia, Director: Andrey Zvyagintsev


  • The Departure, Director/Producer: Lana Wilson
  • Faces Places, Directors: Agnés Varda, JR
  • Last Men in Aleppo, Director: Feras Fayyad
  • Motherland, Director/Producer: Ramona S. Diaz
  • Quest, Director: Jonathan Olshefski

BONNIE AWARD – Bonnie Award recognizes 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 – 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 – 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 – 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


At the weekend box office, Warner Bros’ “Justice League” had a rough time, only making about $93 million. While this would be a big opening in most cases, it pales in comparison to other DC films. Last year’s “Batman V Superman,” for example, earned $166 million in its opening weekend. It’s also much less than “The Avengers,” another superhero team-up made by DC’s rival Marvel, which earned $207 million in its 2012 opening.

The full top five was:

1. Justice League – $93,842,239
2. Wonder – $27,547,866
3. Thor: Ragnarok – $21,669,600
4. Daddy’s Home 2 – $14,435,710
5. Murder on the Orient Express – $13,807,562

This coming weekend, meanwhile, the only major release is the Disney Pixar film “Coco.”

For the small screen, home releases include:

  • The Hitman’s Bodyguard, ATMR Rating: 2.9 out of 5, Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 39%
  • Leap!, ATMR Rating: 1 out of 5, Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 37%
  • Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 49%
  • Birth of the Dragon, Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 23%