Film Independent Spirit Awards Nominees 2021

Best Feature

First Cow
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Minari
Never Rarely Sometimes Always
Nomadland

Best First Feature

I Carry You with Me
Miss Juneteenth
Nine Days
Sound of Metal
The Forty-Year-Old Version

Best Female Lead

Carey Mulligan for Promising Young Woman
Frances McDormand for Nomadland
Julia Garner for The Assistant
Nicole Beharie for Miss Juneteenth
Sidney Flanigan for Never Rarely Sometimes Always
Viola Davis for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Best Male Lead

Adarsh Gourav for The White Tiger
Chadwick Boseman for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Riz Ahmed for Sound of Metal
Rob Morgan for Bull
Steven Yeun for Minari

Best Supporting Female

Alexis Chikaeze for Miss Juneteenth
Talia Ryder for Never Rarely Sometimes Always
Valerie Mahaffey for French Exit
Yeri Han for Minari
Yuh-jung Youn for Minari

Best Supporting Male

Benedict Wong for Nine Days
Colman Domingo for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Glynn Turman for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Orion Lee for First Cow
Paul Raci for Sound of Metal

Best Cinematography

Bull
Never Rarely Sometimes Always
Nomadland
She Dies Tomorrow
The Assistant

Best Director

Chloé Zhao for Nomadland
Eliza Hittman for Never Rarely Sometimes Always
Emerald Fennell for Promising Young Woman
Kelly Reichardt for First Cow
Lee Isaac Chung for Minari

Best Documentary

Collective
Crip Camp
Dick Johnson Is Dead
The Mole Agent
Time

Best Editing

I Carry You with Me
Never Rarely Sometimes Always
Nomadland
Residue
The Invisible Man

Best Female Performance in a New Scripted Series

Maitreyi Ramakrishnan for Never Have I Ever
Elle Fanning for The Great
Shira Haas for Unorthodox
Jordan Kristine Seamón for We Are Who We Are
Abby McEnany for Work in Progress

Best First Screenplay

Lapsis
Miss Juneteenth
Palm Springs
Straight Up
The Assistant

Best International Film

Bacurau
Night of the Kings
Preparations to Be Together for an Unknown Period of Time
Quo vadis, Aida?
The Disciple

Best Male Performance in a New Scripted Series

Adam Ali for Little America
Conphidance for Little America
Nicco Annan for P-Valley
Amit Rahav for Unorthodox
Harold Torres for ZeroZeroZero

Best New Non-Scripted or Documentary Series

Atlanta’s Missing and Murdered: The Lost Children
City So Real
Immigration Nation
Love Fraud
We’re Here

Best New Scripted Series

A Teacher
I May Destroy You
Little America
Small Axe
Unorthodox

Best Screenplay

Bad Education
Minari
Never Rarely Sometimes Always
Promising Young Woman
The Half of It

John Cassavetes Award

La leyenda negra
Lingua Franca
Residue
Saint Frances
The Killing of Two Lovers

Truer Than Fiction Award

Landfall
Pier Kids
Stray

Producers Award

Gerry Kim
Kara Durrett
Lucas Joaquin

Someone to Watch Award

Annie Silverstein for Bull
Ekwa Msangi for Farewell Amor
David Midell for The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain

 

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