‘The Lighthouse’ and ‘Uncut Gems’ lead Independent Spirit nominations, ‘Marriage Story’ gets Robert Altman Award

The Lighthouse” and “Uncut Gems” reaped a leading five Independent Spirit Awards nominations each, including bids for Best Feature. They vie for this top prize against “A Hidden Life,” “Clemency,” “The Farewell” and “Marriage Story.” See the complete list of 2020 Indie Spirits nominations.

“Marriage Story,” which is a leading Oscar contender, was named as the recipient of the Robert Altman Award which goes to the director, casting director and ensemble. This honor took the cast out of contention for the competitive awards. While Noah Baumbach was snubbed for his helming, he did reap a bid for his screenplay.

“Give Me Liberty” and “Honey Boy” were left out of the race for Best Feature but came second in overall nominations, with four apiece. “Honey Boy” helmer Alma Har’el was one of two women nominated for Best Director, alongside Lorene Scafaria (“Hustlers”). They compete against Robert Eggers (“The Lighthouse”), Julius Onah (“Luce”) and
Benny and Josh Safdie (“Uncut Gems”).

SEE 2020 Independent Spirit Awards nominations: Full list of Indie Spirit nominees in all categories

“Hustlers” scene stealer Jennifer Lopez is among the Oscar hopefuls in contention here as are “Honey Boy” featured players Noah Jupe and Shia Labeouf.

Oscar Best Actress frontrunner Renee Zellweger (“Judy”) may well get a chance to practice her acceptance speech at these awards. She is up against Karen Allen (“Colewell”), Hong Chau (“Driveways”), Elisabeth Moss (“Her Smell”), May Kay Place (“Diane”) and Alfre Woodard (“Clemency”).

The Best Actor roster is: Chris Galust (“Give Me Liberty”), Kelvin Harrison Jr. (“Luce”), Robert Pattinson (“The Lighthouse”), Adam Sandler (“Uncut Gems”) and Matthias Schoenaerts (“The Mustang”).

The Indie Spirits take place just 24 hours before the Oscars in a low-key ceremony on Santa Monica beach on Saturday, February 8.

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