2021 Film Independent Spirit Awards Predictions: Who Will Win and Who Should Win?

2021 Film Independent Spirit Awards Predictions: Who Will Win and Who Should Win?

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Later tonight, the 2021 Film Independent Spirit Awards will be broadcast exclusively on IFC and AMC+ at 10:00 pm ET and 7:00 pm PT.

Before the show, I thought I’d share my predictions for who will and who should win. Also, embedded in the article are links to reviews for the nominated films.

Best Feature

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  • First Cow (Should win)
  • Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
  • Minari
  • Never Rarely Sometimes Always
  • Nomadland (Will win)

Best First Feature

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John Cassavettes Award – Given to the best feature made for under $500,000

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  • The Killing of Two Lovers (Will win)
  • La Leyenda Negra
  • Lingua Franca
  • Residue
  • Saint Frances (Should win)

Best Director

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  • Lee Isaac Chung – Minari
  • Emerald Fennell – Promising Young Woman (Should win)
  • Eliza Hittman – Never Rarely Sometimes Always
  • Kelly Reichardt – First Cow
  • Chloé Zhao – Nomadland (Will win)

Best Female Lead

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  • Nicole Beharie – Miss Juneteenth
  • Viola Davis – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
  • Sidney Flanigan – Never Rarely Sometimes Always
  • Julia Garner – The Assistant
  • Frances McDormand – Nomadland
  • Carey Mulligan – Promising Young Woman (Will & should win)

Best Male Lead

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  • Riz Ahmed – Sound of Metal (Should win)
  • Chadwick Boseman – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Will win)
  • Adarsh Gourav – The White Tiger
  • Rob Morgan – Bull
  • Steven Yeun – Minari

Best Supporting Female

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  • Alexis Chikaeze – Miss Juneteenth
  • Yeri Han – Minari
  • Valerie Mahaffey – French Exit
  • Talia Ryder – Never Rarely Sometimes Always
  • Yuh-jung Youn – Minari (Will & should win)

Best Supporting Male

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  • Colman Domingo – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
  • Orion Lee – First Cow
  • Paul Raci – Sound of Metal (Will & Should win)
  • Glynn Turman – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
  • Benedict Wong – Nine Days

Best Screenplay

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  • Lee Isaac Chung – Minari
  • Emerald Fennell – Promising Young Woman (Will & should win)
  • Eliza Hittman – Never Rarely Sometimes Always
  • Mike Makowsky – Bad Education
  • Alice Wu – The Half of It

Best First Screenplay

Palm Springs — When carefree Nyles (Andy Samberg) and reluctant maid of honor Sarah (Cristin Milioti) have a chance encounter at a Palm Springs wedding, things get complicated when they find themselves unable to escape the venue, themselves, or each other. Sarah (Cristin Milioti) and Nyles (Andy Samberg), shown. (Photo by: Jessica Perez/Hulu)

Kitty Green – The Assistant
Noah Hutton – Lapsis
Channing Godfrey Peoples – Miss Juneteenth
Andy Siara – Palm Springs (Will & should win)
James Sweeney – Straight Up

Best Documentary

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  • Collective (Should win)
  • Crip Camp
  • Dick Johnson is Dead
  • The Mole Agent
  • Time (Will win)

Best International Film (Award given to the director)

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  • Bacurau
  • The Disciple
  • Night of the Kings (Should win)
  • Preparations to be Together for an Unknown Period of Time
  • Quo Vadis, Aida? (Will win)

Best Cinematography

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Jay Keitel – She Dies Tomorrow
Shabier Kirchner – Bull
Michael Latham – The Assistant
Hélène Louvart – Never Rarely Sometimes Always
Joshua James Richards – Nomadland (Will & should win)

Best Editing

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Andy Canny – The Invisible Man
Scott Cummings – Never Rarely Sometimes Always
Merawi Gerima – Residue
Enat Sidi – I Carry You With Me
Chloé Zhao – Nomadland (Will & should win)

Enjoy the 2021 Film Independent Spirit Awards and check back later tonight for a list of the winners.

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