2020 Film Independent Spirit Award Nominees

Nominations have been announced for the 35th annual Film Independent Spirit Awards, which will be held on February 8, 2020.

WIF congratulates the women whose accomplishments were recognized with nominations for this year’s awards.

Best Feature

  • A HIDDEN LIFE
    Producer: Elisabeth Bentley
  • CLEMENCY
    Producer: Bronwyn Cornelius
  • THE FAREWELL
    Producers: Anita Gou, Daniele Melia Tate, Lulu Wang, Jane Zheng

Best First Feature

  • BOOKSMART
    Director: Olivia Wilde
    Producers: Chelsea Barnard, Jessica Elbaum, Megan Ellison, Katie Silberman
  • DIANE
    Producer: Caroline Kaplan
  • THE LAST BLACK MAN IN SAN FRANCISCO
    Producers: Dede Gardner, Khaliah Neal, Christina Oh
  • THE MUSTANG
    Director: Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre

Best Director

  • Alma Har’el, HONEY BOY
  • Lorene Scafaria, HUSTLERS

Best Screenplay

  • Chinonye Chukwu, CLEMENCY

Best First Screenplay

  • Fredrica Bailey, SEE YOU YESTERDAY
  • Hannah Bos, DRIVEWAYS
  • Bridget Savage Cole, Danielle Krudy, BLOW THE MAN DOWN
  • Jocelyn Deboer, Dawn Luebbe, GREENER GRASS

John Cassavetes Award

Award given to the best feature made for under $500,000.

  • BURNING CANE
    Producers: Karen Kaia Livers, Cassandra Youmans
  • COLEWELL
    Producer: Alexandra Byer
  • GIVE ME LIBERTY
    Writer/Producer: Alice Austen
    Producer: Val Abel
  • PREMATURE
    Writer: Zora Howard
    Producer: Joy Ganes
  • WILD NIGHTS WITH EMILY
    Writer/Director/Producer: Madeleine Olnek
    Producer: Anna Margarita Albelo

Best Female Lead

  • Karen Allen, COLEWELL
  • Hong Chau, DRIVEWAYS
  • Elisabeth Moss, HER SMELL
  • Mary Kay Place, DIANE
  • Renée Zellwegger, JUDY
  • Alfre Woodard, CLEMENCY

Best Supporting Female

  • Jennifer Lopez, HUSTLERS
  • Taylor Russell, WAVES
  • Zhao Shuzhen, THE FAREWELL
  • Lauren “Lolo” Spencer, GIVE ME LIBERTY
  • Octavia Spencer, LUCE

Best Cinematography

  • Natasha Braier, HONEY BOY
  • Chananun Chotrungroj, THE THIRD WIFE

Best Editing

  • Julie Bézlau, THE THIRD WIFE
  • Louise Ford, THE LIGHTHOUSE

Best International Film

  • PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE (France)
    Director: Céline Sciamma
  • THE SOUVENIR (United Kingdom)
    Director: Joanna Hogg

Best Documentary

  • AMERICAN FACTORY
    Director/Producer: Julia Reichert
    Producer: Julia Parker Benello
  • FOR SAMA
    Director/Producer: Waad al-Kateab
  • HONEYLAND
    Director: Tamara Kotevska
  • ISLAND OF THE HUNGRY GHOSTS
    Director/Producer: Gabrielle Brady
    Producer: Gizem Acarla

Robert Altman Award

  • MARRIAGE STORY
    Casting Director: Francine Maisler
    Ensemble Cast: Laura Dern, Julie Hagerty, Scarlett Johansson, Merritt Wever

Bonnie Award Sponsored by American Airlines

Bonnie Tiburzi Caputo joined American Airlines in 1973 at age 24, becoming the first female pilot to fly for a major U.S. airline. In her honor, the 3rd annual Bonnie Award will recognize a mid-career female director with a $50,000 unrestricted grant, sponsored by American Airlines.

  • Marielle Heller
  • Kelly Reichardt
  • Lulu Wang

Producers Award

The Producers Award, now in its 23rd year, 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.

  • Mollye Asher
  • Krista Parris

Someone to Watch Award

The Someone to Watch Award, now in its 26th year, recognizes a talented filmmaker of singular vision who has not yet received appropriate recognition. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant.

  • THE THIRD WIFE
    Director: Ash Mayfair

Truer Than Fiction Award

The Truer Than Fiction Award, now in its 15th year, 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.

  • JADDOLAND
    Director: Nadia Shihab