‘Call Me By Your Name’, ‘Get Out’ Lead Independent Spirit Awards Nominations

     November 21, 2017


The 2018 Film Independent Spirit Awards nominations have been announced, and the critically acclaimed Call Me By Your Name leads the pack with six nods in total, including Best Picture, Director, Actor, Supporting Actor, Cinematography, and Editing. Luca Guadagnino’s sensual masterpiece has been a critical darling ever since it debuted at Sundance earlier this year, and the film is now getting its awards season off in grand fashion. But not far behind is Jordan Peele’s completely different but also masterful social thriller Get Out, which scored five nods in total including Best Director and Screenplay for Peele, as well as Best Picture, Actor, and Editing.

The Film Independent Spirit Awards hail the very best in independent moviemaking, but they’ve also become an unlikely Oscar precursor in recent years. The last four Best Feature winners in a row at the Spirit Awards have gone on to win the Best Picture Oscar. It likely has something to do with the similarity in large voting bodies, so yeah, if you look at this list of Best Feature nominees there’s a more-than-zero chance you’ll find your eventual Best Picture winner.

Overall I’m thrilled by the love for Call Me By Your Name, especially Armie Hammer’s well-deserved recognition for a subtle performance that I hope doesn’t go unnoticed throughout the rest of the season. I’m also enthused about Barry Keoghan’s Supporting Actor nomination for his unforgettable turn in The Killing of a Sacred Deer, as well as the recognition for the impeccable ensemble of Mudbound.

Check out the full list of nominations below. The 2018 Independent Spirit Awards will air live on IFC on Sunday, March 3, 2018, hosted by John Mulaney and Nick Kroll.


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(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 


(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     

Director: Matt Spicer

Producers: Jared Ian Goldman, Adam Mirels, Robert Mirels, Aubrey Plaza, Tim White, Trevor White 


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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       

Writer/Director: Antonio Méndez Esparza

Producers: Amadeo Hernández Bueno, Alvaro Portanet Hernández, Pedro Hernández Santos


Photo by Bret Curry, courtesy of A24

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


Sean Baker

The Florida Project     

Jonas Carpignano

A Ciambra       

Luca Guadagnino

Call Me by Your Name          

Jordan Peele

Get Out           


Image via A24

Benny SafdieJosh Safdie

Good Time      

Chloé Zhao

The Rider        


Greta Gerwig

Lady Bird         

Azazel Jacobs

The Lovers      

Martin McDonagh

Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri    

Jordan Peele

Get Out           

Mike White

Beatriz at Dinner


Kris Avedisian

Story By: Kyle Espeleta, Jesse Wakeman

Donald Cried   

Emily V. Gordon, Kumail Nanjiani

The Big Sick   

Ingrid Jungermann

Women Who Kill 


Image via Lionsgate



David Branson Smith, Matt Spicer

Ingrid Goes West 


Thimios Bakatakis

The Killing of a Sacred Deer  

Elisha Christian


Hélène Louvart

Beach Rats     

Sayombhu Mukdeeprom

Call Me by Your Name           

Joshua James Richards

The Rider 

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