Saturday, February 10, 2018

2018 Indie Spirit Award Winners & My Picks

  • My picks in PINK

  • 33rd Spirit Awards will air live on IFC on Sunday, March 3, at 2 p.m. PT/5 p.m. ET, hosted for the second year in a row by Nick Kroll and John Mulaney

  • Best Feature

    Award given to the producer. Executive Producers are not awarded.

    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
  • Best First Feature

    Award given to the director and producer.

    Director: Kogonada
    Producers: Danielle Renfrew Behrens, Aaron Boyd, Giulia Caruso, Ki Jin Kim,Andrew Miano, Chris Weitz
    Ingrid Goes West-WINNER
    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- WINNER
    Writer/Director: Antonio Mendez Esparza
    Producers: Amadeo Hernandez Bueno, Alvaro Portanet Hernandez, Pedro Hernandez 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
  • Best Director

    Sean Baker, The Florida Project
    Jonas Carpignano, A Ciambra
    Luca Guadagnino, Call Me by Your Name
    Jordan Peele, Get Out-WINNER
    Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie, Good Time
    Chloe Zhao, The Rider
  • Best Screenplay

    Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird-WINNER
    Azazel Jacobs, The Lovers
    Jordan Peele, Get Out
    Mike White, Beatriz at Dinner
  • Best First Screenplay

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

    Thimios Bakatakis, The Killing of a Sacred Deer
    Elisha Christian, Columbus
    Hélène Louvart, Beach Rats
    Sayombhu Mukdeeprom, Call Me by Your Name-WINNER
    Joshua James Richards, The Rider
  • Best Editing

    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-WINNER
  • Best Female Lead

    Salma Hayek, Beatriz at Dinner
    Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri-WINNER
    Margot Robbie, I, Tonya
    Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird
    Shinobu Terajima, Oh Lucy!
    Regina Williams, Life and Nothing More
  • Best Male Lead

    Timothée Chalamet, Call Me by Your Name-WINNER

    Harris Dickinson, Beach Rats
    James Franco, The Disaster Artist
    Daniel KaluuyaGet Out
    Robert Pattinson, Good Time
  • Best Supporting Female

    Holly Hunter, The Big Sick
    Allison Janney, I, Tonya-WINNER
    Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird
    Lois Smith, Marjorie Prime
    Taliah Lennice Webster, Good Time
  • Best Supporting Male

    Nnamdi Asomugha, Crown Heights
    Armie Hammer, Call Me by Your Name
    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-WINNER
    Directors: Agnes Varda, JR
    Producer: Rosalie Varda

    Last Men in Aleppo
    Director: Feras Fayyad
    Producers: Kareem Abeed, Soeren 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

    Director: Robin Campillo

    A Fantastic WomanChile-WINNER
    Director: Sebastian Lelio

    Director: Rungano Nyoni

    Lady MacbethU.K.
    Director: William Oldroyd

    Director: Andrey Zvyagintsev
  • Inaugural 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-WINNER
  • 22nd 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-WINNER
    Jeff Unay, Director of The Cage Fighter
  • 23rd Annual 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 -WINNER
    Kevin Phillips, Director of Super Dark Times
  • 20th Annual 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-WINNER