2020 Spirit Award nominations announced: Never Rarely Sometimes Always leads


Talia Ryder in Eliza Hittman's Never Rarely Sometimes Always
Talia Ryder in Never Rarely Sometimes Always

Each year, the announcement of Film Independent's Spirit Award nominations tends to be met with equal parts praise and perplexity. Beloved indie faves from the year are joined by little-seen surprises, most en route to being forgotten by the more mainstream-focused award voting bodies later in the season. But this year, we already are later in the season, and the mainstream has opened out into the indie circuit in a year largely devoid of studio product. Whether the Spirit Awards were always going to follow the critical consensus so closely this year or their votes were skewed in favour of certain films due to the ongoing awards season, who knows, but one thing's for sure: this is a remarkably familiar slate from Film Independent. Oscar hopefuls like Minari and Nomadland rub shoulders with fellow critics' awards faves like First Cow and Never Rarely Sometimes Always in the Best Feature category - in a welcome change of circumstances, though, it's Eliza Hittman's Never Rarely leading all nominees with an impressive seven nods. No change to their ceremony plans, however: they're scheduled, as ever, for Oscar eve, which this year falls on the 22nd of April.


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


JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD

The Killing of Two Lovers

La Leyenda Negra

Lingua Franca

Residue

Saint Frances


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

Lee Isaac Chung - Minari

Emerald Fennell - Promising Young Woman

Eliza Hittman - Never Rarely Sometimes Always

Mike Makowsky - Bad Education

Alice Wu - The Half of It


BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY

Kitty Green - The Assistant

Noah Hutton - Lapsis

Channing Godfrey Peoples - Miss Juneteenth

Andy Siara - Palm Springs

James Sweeney - Straight Up


BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Jay Keitel - She Dies Tomorrow

Shabier Kirchner - Bull

Michael Latham - The Assistant

Hélène Louvart - Never Rarely Sometimes Always

Joshua James Richards - Nomadland


BEST EDITING

Andy Canny - The Invisible Man

Scott Cummings - Never Rarely Sometimes Always

Merawi Gerima - Residue

Enat Sidi - I Carry You with Me

Chloé Zhao - Nomadland


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 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 SUPPORTING FEMALE

Alexis Chikaeze - Miss Juneteenth

Han Ye Ri - Minari

Valerie Mahaffey - French Exit

Talia Ryder - Never Rarely Sometimes Always

Youn Yuh Jung - Minari


BEST SUPPORTING MALE

Colman Domingo - Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Orion Lee - First Cow

Paul Raci - Sound of Metal

Glynn Turman - Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Benedict Wong - Nine Days


ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD

Kingsley Ben-Adir, Eli Goree, Kimberly Hardin, Aldis Hodge, Regina King and Leslie Odom Jr. - One Night in Miami


BEST DOCUMENTARY

Collective

Crip Camp

Dick Johnson Is Dead

The Mole Agent

Time


BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM

Bacurau

The Disciple

Night of the Kings

Preparations to Be Together for an Unknown Period of Time

Quo Vadis, Aida?


PRODUCERS AWARD

Kara Durrett

Lucas Joaquin

Gerry Kim


SOMEONE TO WATCH AWARD

David Midell - The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain

Ekwa Msangi - Farewell Amor

Annie Silverstein - Bull


TRUER THAN FICTION AWARD

Cecilia Aldarondo - Landfall

Elegance Bratton - Pier Kids

Elizabeth Lo - Stray


TV CATEGORIES


BEST NEW NON-SCRIPTED OR DOCUMENTARY SERIES

Atlanta’s Missing and Murdered: The Lost Children

City So Real

Immigration Nation

Love Fraud

We’re Here


BEST NEW SCRIPTED SERIES

I May Destroy You

Little America

Small Axe

A Teacher

Unorthodox


BEST FEMALE PERFORMANCE IN A NEW SCRIPTED SERIES

Elle Fanning - The Great

Shira Haas - Unorthodox

Abby McEnany - Work in Progress

Maitreyi Ramakrishnan - Never Have I Ever

Jordan Kristine Seamón - We Are Who We Are


BEST MALE PERFORMANCE IN A NEW SCRIPTED SERIES

Adam Ali - Little America

Nicco Annan - P-Valley

Conphidance - Little America

Amit Rahav - Unorthodox

Harold Torres - Zero, Zero, Zero


BEST ENSEMBLE CAST IN A NEW SCRIPTED SERIES

Michaela Coel, Paapa Essiedu, Wruche Opia and Stephen Wight - I May Destroy You