The 2020 Film Independent Spirit Awards is set to honor the best in independent cinema, from Oscar contenders like Noah Baumbach’s “Marriage Story” to beloved indie darlings such as Lulu Wang’s “The Farewell,” the Safdie brothers’ “Uncut Gems,” Robert Eggers’ “The Lighthouse,” and Joe Talbot’s “The Last Black Man in San Francisco.” A24 leads all studios at the Indie Spirit Awards this year with 18 nominations, which differs from tomorrow’s Academy Awards where Netflix is the most-nominated studio. The Spirit Awards have become known over the last decade for showcasing nominees that are a mix of underdog films (see “Sorry to Bother You,” “Leave No Trace” and “We the Animals” last year) and higher-profile awards contenders (“If Beale Street Could Talk,” “BlacKkKlansman”), and the 2020 ceremony will be no exception. The Spirit Awards are a welcome opportunity for great films overlooked by the Oscars to have a moment in the awards season spotlight.
This year’s Indie Spirit Award nominees for Best Picture include only one movie that landed a Best Picture nomination from the Academy, but all the Spirit noms are more than deserving of competing for the top prize: “A Hidden Life,” “Clemency,” “Marriage Story,” “Uncut Gems,” and “The Farewell.” Unlike the Oscars where women filmmakers were shut out of the Best Director race, the Spirit Awards include Alma Har’el of “Honey Boy” and Lorene Scafaria of “Hustlers” as Best Director nominees.
The 2020 Indie Spirit Awards are hosted by Aubrey Plaza. Check out a handful of red carpet photos from the 2020 Spirit Awards below. Visit IndieWire’s live stream page for instructions on how to watch this year’s Spirit Awards telecast online. For a complete list of 2020 winners, click here.