Spirit Awards: 'Uncut Gems,' 'The Lighthouse' Lead Nominations

Spirit Awards: 'Uncut Gems,' 'The Lighthouse' Lead Nominations

21 Nov 2019 (PT)

A24 dominated the nominations for the 2020 Film Independent Spirit Awards, which were announced on Thursday.

The company scored 18 nominations, with two of its films, Uncut Gems and The Lighthouse, landing a leading five nominations each.

The Safdie brothers' Adam Sandler starrer Uncut Gems is nominated for the top prize of best feature, along with best director, best editing, best male lead Sandler and best screenplay. Robert Eggers' The Lighthouse, starring Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe, is nominated for best cinematography, best director, best editing, best male lead Pattinson and best supporting male Dafoe.

For best feature, Uncut Gems will face off against Terrence Malick's A Hidden Life; Chinonye Chukwu's Clemency, starring Alfre Woodard; Lulu Wang's Awkwafina starrer The Farewell and Noah Baumbach's Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson starrer Marriage Story.

Honey Boy and Give Me Liberty landed four nominations each, followed by Clemency, Hustlers, The Last Black Man in San Francisco, Luceand The Third Wife with three nods each. Burning Cane, Colewell, Driveways, Diane, The Farewell, Marriage Story, The Mustang, Premature and See You Yesterday each scored two nominations. Marriage Story will also be recognized with the Robert Altman Award, given to a film's director, casting director and ensemble cast.

Josh and Benny Safdie and Eggers will compete for best director against Honey Boy's Alma Har'el, Hustlers' Lorene Scafaria and Luce's Julius Onah.

Honey Boy joins The Lighthouse, Hustlers, The Third Wife and Midsommarin the best cinematography category and landed two nominations for best supporting male, for Noah Jupe and Shia LaBeouf.

Give Me Liberty is up for best editing, best male lead, best supporting female and the John Cassavetes Award, given to the best feature made for under $500,000.

Clemency is also up for best female lead Woodard and best screenplay, competing in the latter category with Marriage Story, Uncut Gems, High Flying Bird and To Dust.

Hustlers' Jennifer Lopez scored a best supporting female nod, alongside Waves' Taylor Russell, Give Me Liberty's Lolo Spencer, Luce's Octavia Spencer and The Farewell's Zhao Shuzhen.

The Last Black Man in San Francisco is up for best first feature along with Olivia Wilde's Booksmart, Michael Angelo Covino's The Climb, Kent Jones' Diane, Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre's The Mustang and Stefon Bristol's Spike Lee-produced See You Yesterday.

Woodard will face off in the best female lead category against Judy star Renee Zellweger, Colewell's Karen Allen, Driveways' Hong Chau, Her Smell's Elisabeth Moss and Diane's Mary Kay Place.

In the best male lead category, Sandler and Pattinson join Give Me Liberty's Chris Galust, Luce's Kelvin Harrison Jr. and The Mustang'sMatthias Schoenaerts

Zazie Beetz and Natasha Lyonne announced the nominees during a press conference at Los Angeles' Line Hotel.

The 35th annual Film Independent Spirit Awards will take place onFeb. 8, 2020 and will air on IFC.

Source: Hollywood Reporter

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