Spirit Awards 2018: Gay Tale of First Love, Call Me By Your Name, Dominates Nominations

The gay coming-of-age drama, Call Me By Your Name, has received the largest number–six–of Spirit Award nominations.

”Good Time” and “Get Out” took five each.

Photo: Robert Pattinson, Good Time

Lady Bird: Revelation of the Season

Photo: Sairose Ronan, Lady Bird

“Lady Bird” and “The Rider” each earned four nominations.

Three Nominations:

“I, Tonya,” “Columbus” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” took three each.

Two Nominations:

Eight titles earned two nominations each — “The Big Sick,” The Killing of a Sacred Deer,” “Beatriz at Dinner,” “Beach Rats,” “Dayveon,” “The Florida Project,” “Oh Lucy,” and “Quest.”

The nominations were announced on Tuesday morning by Lily Collins, Tessa Thompson, and Film Independent chief Josh Welsh at the Jeremy Hotel in West Hollywood.

Best Feature:

Best feature nominations went to “Call Me By Your Name,” “The Florida Project,” ”Get Out,” “Lady Bird” and “The Rider.”


The interracial period drama “Mudbound” was awarded the Robert Altman Award, created in 2008 to honor ensemble casts, and was not elgible in the acting categories.

Call Me by Your Name” received nominations for Timothee Chalamet as best male lead, Armie Hammer as best male supporting, Luca Guadagnino in the directing category along with editing and cinematography nods. Chalamet plays a 17-year-old and Hammer plays a postgraduate student who comes to stay with his family for the summer.

“Get Out” scored nominations for best feature with Jordan Peele receiving double nominations for directing and screenplay along Daniel Kaluuya for best male lead and Gregory Plotkin for editing. “Get Out” is by far the most commercially successful of the nominated films with worldwide grosses of $253 million worldwide.

Good Time: Strong Indie, Modest Box-Office

The crime drama “Good Time” has grossed $2 million since August in limited release for A24. Bennie Safdie scored three nominations for directing with brother Josh Safdie, for supporting male actor and for editing with Ronald Bronstein. Robert Pattinson was nominated for best male lead and Taliah Lennice Webster for female supporting.

The ceremony will take place on March 3 — the day before the Academy Awards — in a tent on the beach in Santa Monica, California.

The show, now in its 33rd year, will be shown on IFC, and hosted by Nick Kroll and John Mulaney.

Best Male Lead

Besides Chalamet, Kaluuya and Pattinson, the best male lead nominations included James Franco for “The Disaster Artist” and Harris Dickinson for “Beach Rats.”

Best Female Lead

Female lead nominations went to Salma Hayek for “Beatriz at Dinner,” Frances McDormand for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Margot Robbie for “I, Tonya,” Saoirse Ronan for “Lady Bird,” Shinobu Terjima for ‘Oh, Lucy!” and Regina Williams for “Life and Nothing More.”

Supporting Actress

The supporting female category contained higher-profile names — Holly Hunter for “The Big Sick,” Allison Janney for “I, Tonya,” Laurie Metcalf for “Lady Bird” and Lois Smith for “Marjorie Prime.”

Supporting Actor

Besides Hammer and Safdie, the supporting male category generated noms for Nnamdi Asomugha for “Crown Heights,” Barry Keoghan for “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” and Sam Rockwell for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri.”

Best Director

The directing nominations went to Guadagnino, Peele and the Safdie brothers along with Sean Baker for “The Florida Project,” Chloe Zhao for “The Rider” and Jonas Carpignano for Sundance Selects’ Italian Oscar entry “A Ciambra.”

A24 scored the most nominations for a distributor with 17 with five for “Good Time” and four for “Lady Bird.” Sony Classics pulled down 13 nominations, including six for “Call Me by Your Name” and four for “The Rider.”

Spirit Awards are voted on by members of Film Independent and require that films be produced in the U.S. for less than $20 million. In the last three years, “Moonlight,” “Spotlight,” and “Birdman” have won both the Spirit Award and Oscar best picture trophy.

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