spirit awards logoThe SPIRIT AWARDS are back! And – like most things from the past 12 months – it’s changing a bit. Shifting from the traditional daytime slot the Saturday before the Oscars, the 2021 Film Independent Spirit Awards will now be a primetime ceremony on Thursday, April 22, 2021 (you will still be able to catch the event airing live on IFC). And this year the awards will honor TV in addition to film. So without further ado, take a look at which actors, filmmakers, and projects landed a Spirit Award nomination this year. Check out the full list of nominees below!


2021 Spirit Awards Nominees


Best Feature

Best First Feature

John Cassavetes Award (for best film made for under $500,000)

Best Director

Best Female Lead

Best Male Lead

Best Supporting Female

Best Supporting Male

Best Screenplay

Best First Screenplay

Best Cinematography

Best Editing

Best International Feature

Best Documentary

Robert Altman Award (for best ensemble casting)

Someone to Watch Award

Producers Award

Truer Than Fiction Award

Best New Scripted Series

Best New Non-Scripted/Documentary Series

Best Female Performance in a Scripted Series

Best Male Performance in a Scripted Series

Best Ensemble in a Scripted Series



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