The psychological thriller “The Lighthouse” and the gritty family/crime drama “Uncut Gems” each earned a leading five nominations Thursday for the 2020 Film Independent Spirit Awards, honoring the best in independent cinema.
“Uncut Gems,” starring Adam Sandler, Julia Fox and Idina Menzel, was among the five nominees for best feature, along with “A Hidden Life,” “Clemency,” “The Farewell” and “Marriage Story.”
“Marriage Story,” director Noah Baumbach’s critically acclaimed divorce drama featuring Adam Driver, Scarlett Johansson, Laura Dern and Alan Alda, will receive Film Independent’s Robert Altman Award, a special honor bestowed on a film’s director, casting director and ensemble.
Sandler earned a nomination for best male lead for his portrayal of a New York jeweler and gambler in “Uncut Gems,” while Robert Pattinson scored a nomination for his work as a 1890s lighthouse keeper in “The Lighthouse.” Also nominated were Chris Galust for “Give Me Liberty,” Kelvin Harrison Jr. for “Luce” and Matthias Schoenaerts in “The Mustang.”
Renee Zellweger — earning raves for her portrayal of Judy Garland in “Judy” — was nominated for best female lead, along with Karen Allen for “Colewell,” Hong Chau for “Driveways,” Elisabeth Moss for “Her Smell,” Mary Kay Place for “Diane” and Alfre Woodard for “Clemency.”
Pattinson’s co-star Willem Dafoe was nominated for his supporting work in “The Lighthouse,” while Shia LeBeouf and Noah Jupe both earned nods for “Honey Boy.” Also nominated in the supporting male category were Jonathan Majors for “The Last Black Man in San Francisco” and Wendell Pierce for “Burning Cane.”
Jennifer Lopez scored a best supporting female nomination for “Hustlers,” a category that also features Oscar winner Octavia Spencer, who was nominated for her work in “Luce.” Also vying for the prize will be Taylor Russell for “Waves,” Zhao Shuzhen for “The Farewell” and Lauren “Lolo” Spencer for “Give Me Liberty.”
The awards will be presented Feb. 8 in a daytime ceremony held in a tent adjacent to the Santa Monica Pier.