Film Independent announced the nominations for the 2019 Film Independent Spirit Awards this afternoon. The awards serve as the primary fundraiser for Film Independent’s year-round programs, which cultivate the careers of emerging filmmakers and promote diversity in the industry.
Film Independent President Josh Welsh presided over the press conference held at the W Hotel in Hollywood, with actors Gemma Chan and Molly Shannon presenting the nominations. Nominees for Best Feature included “Eighth Grade,” “First Reformed,” “If Beale Street Could Talk,” “Leave No Trace” and “You Were Never Really Here”. The standout studio going into the awards is A24, which has 12 nominations. That’s double what Amazon Studios has in second-place and triple Bleecker Street’s fourth-place totals.
“This year’s nominees reflect the bold originality that is the heart of independent film,” said Film Independent President Josh Welsh. “At a time when huge tent-pole franchises threaten to dominate our film culture, this year’s films and filmmakers offer something completely different – something vital, uncompromising, and needed. The nominees also show that, when it comes to diversity and inclusion, independent film is leading the way for the rest of the industry.”
“Suspiria” was selected to receive the Robert Altman Award, which is bestowed upon one film’s director, casting director and ensemble cast. The Altman Award was created in 2008 in honor of legendary director Robert Altman who was known for creating extraordinary ensemble casts.
Winners, who are selected by Film Independent Members, will be announced at the Spirit Awards on Saturday, February 23, 2019. The awards ceremony will be held on the beach in Santa Monica, just north of the Santa Monica Pier. The show will broadcast live exclusively on IFC at 2:00 pm PT/ 5:00 pm ET.
A24’s films were “Eighth Grade, “First Reformed,” “Hereditary,” “Mid90s,” and “Never Goin’ Back”. Amazon has 6 nominations thanks to “Suspiria” and “You Were Never Really Here,” while Annapurna Pictures is going into the award show with 5 nominations from “If Beale Street Could Talk” and “Sorry to Bother You”. Closing the top-five is Bleecker Street in fourth-place with four nominations for “Colette” and “Leave No Trace” and The Cinema Guild with “En el Séptimo Día,” and “Hale County This Morning, This Evening,”
There were 44 films in total this year, “We the Animals” has the most nominations with 5, followed by “You Were Never Really Here,” “First Reformed,” and “Eight Grade” with four. You find the breakdown by category filmindependent.org.