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Independent Spirit Award Nominations Predictions: Good Time, Call Me By Your Name, Get Out, Florida Project Could Be Top Contenders

The nominations for the 33rd Film Independent Spirit Awards are tomorrow and here’s your 11th hour predictions. Lily Collins and Tessa Thompson will announce the nominees.

The Independent Spirit Awards began as the alternative Oscars (they still have their show the day before the Academy Awards) but in the last decade have really become the place for Oscar’s Best Picture winners. Since 2010, the winner of Best Feature here has gone on to win Best Picture: Moonlight, Spotlight, Birdman, 12 Years a Slave and The Artist. It makes these awards one of the better precursors of late and you can glean a lot from the Gotham Awards nominations as to how these might shake out. Get Out is likely to be a top nominee here, along with Lady Bird, Call Me By Your Name, The Florida Project, The Shape of Water, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri, Mudbound and I, Tonya but Columbus, Good Time and Marjorie Prime are probably going to find themselves here as well. There are always films and performances that do very well here and are total non-players at the Oscars (like American Honey and Chronic last year). The tech categories are often full of tiny, little seen films that have a chance of a higher profile and future visibility because of these awards.

There are always rules that can make predicting these a crap shoot. There’s the budget constraints (limit is $20M) which are not always known. There’s production origin; films must have a majority of its production be American (otherwise it’s relegated to Best International Feature). Although, the rules were bent heavily to get Isabelle Huppert in and win last season for Elle. But it’s the specific category designations where you can run into trouble. The Robert Altman award, which is juried and celebrates a single film’s ensemble, makes individual acting nominations for that film ineligible. Cast in point: Moonlight won this last year but Oscar nominee Naomie Harris and Oscar winner Mashershala Ali couldn’t be nominated. This year, there are a handful of films that could win this but miss out on lead male/female and supporting male/female awards. I think Mudbound seems prime for the Robert Altman award. The First Feature award can be odd because a film can end up here instead of Best Feature, but not both. Get Out and Lady Bird could end up there but it seems unlikely as their profiles are simply too big. Also, Gerwig co-directed 2008’s Nights & Weekends with Joe Swanberg and the film was nominated for the Producers Award by the Indie Spirits. But, they’ve dismissed actual first directorial efforts before – The Perks of Being a Wallflower won First Feature despite Stephen Chbosky having directed the 1995 film The Four Corners of Nowhere.

So, here goes nothing.

Call Me By Your Name
The Florida Project
Good Time
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
ALT: The Disaster Artist, Get Out (if not in First Feature), I, Tonya, Lady Bird (if not in First Feature), Mudbound (if not the Robert Altman Award winner)

Luca Guadagnino, Call Me By Your Name
Sean Baker, The Florida Project
Dee Rees, Mudbound
Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water
Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
ALT: Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird; The Safdie Brothers, Good Time

Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water
Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Brooklynn Prince, The Florida Project
Margot Robbie, I, Tonya
Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird
ALT: Salma Hayek, Beatriz at Dinner; Haley Lu Richardson, Columbus; Melanie Lynskey, i don’t feel at home in this world anymore; Lily Collins, To the Bone

Timothée Chalamet, Call Me By Your Name
James Franco, The Disaster Artist
Kumail Nanjiani, The Big Sick
Robert Pattinson, Good Time
Harry Dean Stanton, Lucky
ALT: John Cho, Columbus; Jeremy Renner, Wind River

Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project
Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water
Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Benny Safdie, Good Time
Michael Stuhlbarg, Call Me By Your Name
ALT: Armie Hammer, Call Me By Your Name, Lakeith Stanfield, Get Out; Kelvin Harrison Jr, It Comes At Night; Jason Mitchell, Mudbound; Michael Shannon, The Shape of Water

Allison Janney, I, Tonya
Holly Hunter, The Big Sick
Melissa Leo, Novitiate
Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird
Lois Smith, Marjorie Prime
ALT: Bria Vinaite, The Florida Project, Catherine Keener, Get Out

Robert Altman Award

Call Me By Your Name
Get Out
I, Tonya
Lady Bird
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
ALT: The Disaster Artist, The Florida Project, Mudbound

God’s Own Country
Ingrid Goes West
ALT: To the Bone; i don’t feel at home in this world anymore

The Big Sick
Brigsby Bear
Ingrid Goes West
ALT: Patti Cakes

Call Me By Your Name
Get Out
Good Time
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
ALT: The Florida Project, I, Tonya, Lady Bird

Call Me By Your Name
Florida Project
Good Time
The Shape of Water
ALT: A Ghost Story, Columbus, It Comes At Night

About Erik Anderson

Erik thanks his mother for his love of all things Oscar, having watched the Academy Awards together since he was in the single digits; making lists, rankings and predictions throughout the show. This led him down the path to obsessing about awards. Much later, he found himself at GoldDerby, led by Tom O’Neill and then migrated over to Oscarwatch (now AwardsDaily), headed up by Sasha Stone before breaking off to create AwardsWatch. He is a member of the International Cinephile Society, GALECA (The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics), the International Press Academy and is the founder/owner of AwardsWatch.

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