SANTA MONICA─For those thinking indie flicks are not important, think again. They tend to have a big say come award season, and if the nominees for the 2020 Independent Spirit Awards are any indication, there should be some fierce competition. The nominees were revealed on Thursday, November 21, with the dramas “Uncut Gems” and “The Lighthouse” each picking up five nominations including Best Feature. Followed close behind with four nominations each was the films “Honey Boy” and “Give Me Liberty.

Also earning nominations were Jennifer Lopez in the Best Supporting Actress race for her role in “Hustlers.” Adam Sandler earned a nomination in the Best Actor race for his performance in “Uncut Gems.” A partial list of this year’s nominees can be seen below:

Best Feature

-“A Hidden Life”


-“The Farewell”

-“Marriage Story”

-“Uncut Gems”

Best Director

-Alma Har’el “Honey Boy”

-Lorene Scafaria “Hustlers”

-Julius Onah “Luce”

-Robert Eggers “The Lighthouse”

-Benny Safdie and Josh Safide “Uncut Gems”

Best Screenplay

Noah Baumbach “Marriage Story”

-Jason Begue and Shawn Snyder “To Dust”

Ronald Bronstein, Benny Safdie and Josh Safdie “Uncut Gems”

Chinonye Chukwu “Clemency”

Tarell Alvin McCraney “High Flying Bird”

Best First Screenplay

-Fredrica Bailey and Stefon Bristol “See You Yesterday”

-Hannah Bos and Paul Thureen “Driveaways”

-Bridget Savage Cole and Danielle Krudy “Blow the Man Down”

-Jocelyn DeBoer and Dawn Luebbe “Greener Grass”

-James Monague and Craig W. Sanger “The Vast of Night”

Best Male Lead

-Chris Galust “Give Me Liberty”

-Kelvin Harrison Jr. “Luce”

-Robert Pattinson “The Lighthouse”

-Matthias Schoenaerts “The Mustang”

-Adam Sandler “Uncut Gems”

Best Female Lead

-Karen Allen “Colewell”

-Hong Chau “Driveways”

-Elisabeth Moss “Her Smell”

-Mary Kay Place “Diane”

-Alfre Woodard “Clemency”

-Renee Zellwegger “Judy”

Best Supporting Female

-Jennifer Lopez “Hustlers”

-Taylor Russell “Waves”

-Lauren “LoLo” Spencer “Give Me Liberty”

-Octavia Spencer “Luce”

-Zhao Shuzhen “The Farewell”

Best Supporting Male

-Willem Dafoe “The Lighthouse”

-Noah Jupe “Honey Boy”

-Shia LaBeouf “Honey Boy”

-Jonathan Majors “The Last Black Man in San Francisco”

-Wendell Pierce “Burning Cave”

Best Documentary

-“American Factory”

-“Apollo 11”

-“For Sama”


-“Island of the Hungry Ghosts”

Best First Feature


-“The Climb”


-“The Last Black Man in San Francisco”

-“The Mustang”

John Cassavetes Award

-“Burning Cane”


-“Give Me Liberty”


-Wild Nights With Emily”

The 35th annual Film Independent Spirit Awards will be handed out on February 5, 2020 in Santa Monica and will air live on IFC.