Independent Spirit Awards 2016 Nominees: 'Moonlight' & 'American Honey' Lead Totals [VIDEO]

Film Independent has officially announced its list of nominees for the upcoming 32nd Independent Spirit Awards.

Award season is officially underway, with the release of the Independent Spirit Award nominations. Jenny Slate and Edgar Ramirez announced the nominations at a press conference in Los Angeles on Tuesday, with American Honey and Moonlight leading the pack with nominations. Other movies with multiple nominations included.

The nominees for Best Feature Film were announced to be American Honey, Chronic, Jackie, Manchester by the Sea and Moonlight. All five films are nominated in other categories as well, including multiple acting nominees.

Here is the full list of nominations for the 2016 Independent Spirit Awards:

Best Feature

American Honey
Manchester by the Sea

Best Director

Andrea Arnold, American Honey
Barry Jenkins, Moonlight
Pablo Larraín, Jackie
Jeff Nichols, Loving
Kelly Reichardt, Certain Women

Best Male Lead

Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
David Harewood, Free in Deed
Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic
Jesse Plemons, Other People
Tim Roth, Chronic

Best Female Lead

Annette Bening, 20th Century Women
Isabelle Huppert, Elle
Sasha Lane, American Honey
Ruth Negga, Loving
Natalie Portman, Jackie

Best Supporting Male

Ralph Fiennes, A Bigger Splash
Ben Foster, Hell or High Water
Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea
Shia LaBeouf, American Honey
Craig Robinson, Morris from America

Best Supporting Female

Edwina Findley, Free in Deed
Paulina Garcia, Little Men
Lily Gladstone, Certain Women
Riley Keough, American Honey
Molly Shannon, Other People

Best Screenplay

Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney, Moonlight
Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea
Mike Mills, 20th Century Women
Ira Sachs and Mauricio Zacharias, Little Men
Taylor Sheridan, Hell or High Water

Best First Feature

Childhood of a Leader
The Fits
Other People
Swiss Army Man
The Witch

Best First Screenplay

Adam Mansbach, Barry
Craig Shilowich, Christine
Stella Meghie, Jean of the Joneses
Chris Kelly, Other People
Robert Eggers, The Witch

Best International Film

My Golden Days
Toni Erdmann
Under the Shadow

Best Documentary Feature

I Am Not Your Negro
O.J.: Made in America
Under the Sun

Best Cinematography

Robbie Ryan, American Honey
Lol Crawley, The Childhood of a Leader
Zach Kuperstein, The Eyes of My Mother
Ava Berkofsky, Free in Deed
James Laxton, Moonlight

Best Editing

Jake Roberts, Hell or High Water
Sebastián Sepúlveda, Jackie
Jennifer Lame, Manchester by the Sea
Joi McMillon and Nat Sanders, Moonlight
Matthew Hannam, Swiss Army Man

John Cassavetes Award

Free in Deed
Hunter Gatherer
Spa Night

Robert Altman Award for Best Ensemble


The Independent Spirit Awards honor the best in independent film - movies made outside the major studio system, with a budget of less than $20 million.

The Independent Spirit Awards will take place Feb. 25 on IFC.

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