The 2015 Spirit Award Nominations

The Independent Spirit Awards have revealed the full list of contenders for their 2015 awards which celebrate the best in independent movies. The Michael Keaton-led “Birdman” leads the list with six nominations. “Boyhood,” “Nightcrawler” and “Selma” are in a three-way fight for second with three nominations each.

Two awards have already been announced with the Robert Altman award given to Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Inherent Vice” and a Special Distinction Award handed out to Bennett Miller’s “Foxcatcher” which was ineligible for other awards due to its budget. Notable snubs include “The Imitation Game,” “The Theory of Everything,” “Wild,” “St. Vincent,” “Cake,” “The Homesman,” “Black or White” and major studio films like “Unbroken”.

Other notable inclusions this year are “Whiplash,””Love is Strange,” “A Most Violent Year,” “The Immigrant,” “Mommy,” “Under the Skin,” “Obvious Child,” “Still Alice,” “Force Majeure,” “Only Lovers Left Alive,” “Blue Ruin,” “Ida,” “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night,” “She’s Lost Control,” and “Dear White People”.

Here’s the full list for nominees:

BEST FEATURE

“Birdman”
“Boyhood”
“Love Is Strange”
“Selma”
“Whiplash”

BEST DIRECTOR

Damien Chazelle (“Whiplash”)
Ava DuVernay (“Selma”)
Alejandro G Iñárritu (“Birdman”)
Richard Linklater (“Boyhood”)
David Zellner (“Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter”)

BEST SCREENPLAY

Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski (“Big Eyes”)
JC Chandor (“A Most Violent Year”)
Dan Gilroy (“Nightcrawler”)
Jim Jarmusch (“Only Lovers Left Alive”)
Ira Sachs & Mauricio Zacharias (“Love Is Strange”)

BEST FIRST FEATURE

“A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night”
Director: Ana Lily Amirpour

“Dear White People”
Director/Producer: Justin Simien

“Nightcrawler”
Director: Dan Gilroy

“Obvious Child”
Director: Gillian Robespierre

“She’s Lost Control”
Director/producer: Anja Marquardt

BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY

Desiree Akhavan (“Appropriate Behavior”)
Sara Colangelo (“Little Accidents”)
Justin Lader (“The One I Love”)
Anja Marquardt (“She’s Lost Control”)
Justin Simien (“Dear White People”)

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.

“Blue Ruin”
Writer/director: Jeremy Saulnier

“It Felt Like Love”
Writer/director/producer: Eliza Hittman

“Land Ho!”
Writers/directors: Aaron Katz & Martha Stephens

“Man From Reno”
Writer/director: Dave Boyle

“Test”
Writer/director/producer: Chris Mason Johnson

BEST FEMALE LEAD

Marion Cotillard (“The Immigrant”)
Rinko Kikuchi (“Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter”)
Julianne Moore (“Still Alice”)
Jenny Slate (“Obvious Child”)
Tilda Swinton (“Only Lovers Left Alive”)

BEST MALE LEAD

André Benjamin (“Jimi: All Is By My Side”)
Jake Gyllenhaal (“Nightcrawler”)
Michael Keaton (“Birdman”)
John Lithgow (“Love Is Strange”)
David Oyelowo (“Selma”)

BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE

Patricia Arquette (“Boyhood”)
Jessica Chastain (“A Most Violent Year”)
Carmen Ejogo (“Selma”)
Andrea Suarez Paz (“Stand Clear Of The Closing Doors”)
Emma Stone (“Birdman”)

BEST SUPPORTING MALE

Riz Ahmed (“Nightcrawler”)
Ethan Hawke (“Boyhood”)
Alfred Molina (“Love Is Strange”)
Edward Norton (“Birdman”)
JK Simmons (“Whiplash”)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Darius Khondji (“The Immigrant”)
Emmanuel Lubezki (“Birdman”)
Sean Porter (“It Felt Like Love”)
Lyle Vincent (“A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night”)
Bradford Young (“Selma”)

BEST EDITING

Sandra Adair (“Boyhood”)
Tom Cross (“Whiplash”)
John Gilroy (“Nightcrawler”)
Ron Patane (“A Most Violent Year”)
Adam Wingard (“The Guest”)

BEST DOCUMENTARY

“20,000 Days On Earth”
“CITIZENFOUR”
“Stray Dog”
“The Salt Of The Earth”
“Virunga”

BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM

“Force Majeure” (Sweden)
Director: Ruben Östlund

“Ida” (Poland)
Director: Pawel Pawlikowsi

“Leviathan” (Russia)
Director: Andrey Zvyagintsev

“Mommy” (Canada)
Director: Xavier Dolan

“Norte, The End Of History” (Philippines)
Director: Lav Diaz

“Under The Skin” (UK)
Director: Jonathan Glazer

ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD

“Inherent Vice”
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Casting director: Cassandra Kulukundis
Ensemble Cast: Josh Brolin, Martin Donovan, Jena Malone, Joanna Newsom, Joaquin Phoenix, Eric Roberts, Maya Rudolph, Martin Short Serena Scott Thomas, Benicio Del Toro, Katherine Waterston, Michael Kenneth Williams, Owen Wilson, Reese Witherspoon

SPECIAL DISTINCTION AWARD

“Foxcatcher”
Director/producer: Bennett Miller
Producers: Anthony Bregman, Megan Ellison, Jon Kilik
Writers: E Max Frye, Dan Futterman
Actors: Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo, Channing Tatum

18TH ANNUAL PIAGET PRODUCERS AWARD

The 18th annual Producers Award, sponsored by Piaget, honors emerging producers who, despite highly limited resources, demonstrate the creativity, tenacity and vision required to produce quality, independent films. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant funded by Piaget.

Chad Burris

Elisabeth Holm

Chris Ohlson

21ST ANNUAL KIEHL’S SOMEONE TO WATCH AWARD

The 21st annual Someone To Watch Award, sponsored by Kiehl’s Since 1851, recognises a talented filmmaker of singular vision who has not yet received appropriate recognition. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant funded by Kiehl’s Since 1851.

“A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night”
Director: Ana Lily Amirpour

“H.”
Directors: Rania Attieh & Daniel Garcia

“The Retrieval”
Director: Chris Eska

20TH ANNUAL LENSCRAFTERS TRUER THAN FICTION AWARD

The 20th annual Truer Than Fiction Award, sponsored by LensCrafters is presented to an emerging director of non-fiction features who has not yet received significant recognition. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant funded by LensCrafters.

“Approaching The Elephant”
Director: Amanda Rose Wilder

“Evolution Of A Criminal”
Director: Darius Clark Monroe

“The Kill Team”
Director: Dan Krauss

“The Last Season”
Director: Sara Dosa