The psychological thriller “The Lighthouse” and the gritty gambling drama “Uncut Gems” top the list of nominees — with five each — heading into Saturday’s 2020 Film Independent Spirit Awards ceremony, honoring the best in independent cinema.

“Uncut Gems,” starring Adam Sandler, Julia Fox and Idina Menzel, is among the five nominees for best feature, along with “A Hidden Life,” “Clemency,” “The Farewell” and “Marriage Story.”

During the ceremony in Santa Monica, “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, who was snubbed for an Oscar nod despite critical acclaim, is nominated for best male lead for his portrayal of a New York jeweler and gambler in “Uncut Gems.” Robert Pattinson is also nominated in the category for his work as a 1890s lighthouse keeper in “The Lighthouse.” Also nominated are Chris Galust for “Give Me Liberty,” Kelvin Harrison Jr. for “Luce” and Matthias Schoenaerts in “The Mustang.”

Renee Zellweger — who has swept most major awards and is the favorite to win an Oscar Sunday for her portrayal of Judy Garland in “Judy” — is 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 is nominated for his supporting work in “The Lighthouse,” while Shia LeBeouf and Noah Jupe both have nods for “Honey Boy.” Also nominated in the supporting male category are Jonathan Majors for “The Last Black Man in San Francisco” and Wendell Pierce for “Burning Cane.”

Jennifer Lopez, also snubbed by the Oscars, is up for best supporting female for “Hustlers,” a category that also features past Oscar winner Octavia Spencer, who is nominated for her work in “Luce.” Also vying for the prize are Taylor Russell for “Waves,” Zhao Shuzhen for “The Farewell” and Lauren “Lolo” Spencer for “Give Me Liberty.”

Aubrey Plaza will host the Spirit Awards ceremony, which will be held in a tent erected just north of the Santa Monica Pier.

Here is a complete list of nominees:

BEST FEATURE (Award given to the producer. Executive Producers are not awarded.)

“A Hidden Life,” Producers: Elisabeth Bentley, Dario Bergesio, Grant Hill, Josh Jeter

“Clemency,” Producers: Timur Bekbosunov, Julian Cautherley, Bronwyn Cornelius, Peter Wong

“The Farewell,” Producers: Anita Gou, Daniele Melia, Andrew Miano, Peter Saraf, Marc Turtletaub, Lulu Wang,Chris Weitz, Jane Zheng

“Marriage Story,” Producers: Noah Baumbach, David Heyman

“Uncut Gems,” Producers: Eli Bush, Sebastian Bear-McClard, Scott Rudin

BEST FIRST FEATURE (Award given to the director and producer)

“Booksmart,” Director: Olivia Wilde; Producers: Chelsea Barnard, David Distenfeld, Jessica Elbaum, Megan Ellison, Katie Silberman

“The Climb,” Director/Producer: Michael Angelo Covino; Producers: Noah Lang, Kyle Marvin

“Diane,” Director: Kent Jones; Producers: Luca Borghese, Ben Howe, Caroline Kaplan, Oren Moverman

“The Last Black Man in San Francisco,” Director/Producer: Joe Talbot; Producers: Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Khaliah Neal, Christina Oh “The Mustang,” Director: Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre; Producer: Ilan Goldman

“See You Yesterday,” Director: Stefon Bristol; Producer: Spike Lee

JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD – Given to the best feature made for under $500,000 (Award given to the writer, director and producer. Executive Producers are not awarded.)

“Burning Cane,” Writer/Director/Producer: Phillip Youmans; Producers: Ojo Akinlana, Jakob Johnson, Karen Kaia Livers, Mose Mayer, Wendell Pierce, Isaac Webb, Cassandra Youmans

“Colewell,” Writer/Director: Tom Quinn; Producers: Joshua Blum, Alexandra Byer, Craig Shilowich, Matthew Thurm

“Give Me Liberty,” Writer/Director/Producer: Kirill Mikhanovsky; Writer/Producer: Alice Austen; Producers: Val Abel, Wally Hall, Michael Manasseri, George Rush, Sergey Shtern

“Premature,” Writer/Director/Producer: Rashaad Ernesto Green; Writer: Zora Howard; Producer: Darren Dean, Joy Ganes

“Wild Nights With Emily,” Writer/Director/Producer: Madeleine Olnek; Producers: Anna Margarita Albelo, Casper Andreas, Max Rifkind-Barron


Alma Har’el, “Honey Boy”

Lorene Scafaria, “Hustlers”

Julius Onah, “Luce”

Robert Eggers, “The Lighthouse”

Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie, “Uncut Gems”


Noah Baumbach, “Marriage Story”

Jason Begue, Shawn Snyder, “To Dust”

Ronald Bronstein, Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie, “Uncut Gems”

Chinonye Chukwu, “Clemency”

Tarell Alvin McCraney, “High Flying Bird”


Fredrica Bailey, Stefon Bristol, “See You Yesterday”

Hannah Bos, Paul Thureen, “Driveways”

Bridget Savage Cole, Danielle Krudy, “Blow the Man Down”

Jocelyn DeBoer, Dawn Luebbe, “Greener Grass”

James Montague, Craig W. Sanger, “The Vast of Night”


Todd Banhazl, “Hustlers”

Jarin Blaschke, “The Lighthouse”

Natasha Braier, “Honey Boy”

Chananun Chotrungroj, “The Third Wife”

Pawel Pogorzelski, “Midsommar”


Julie Beziau, “The Third Wife”

Ronald Bronstein, Benny Safdie, “Uncut Gems”

Tyler L. Cook, “Sword of Trust”

Louise Ford, “The Lighthouse”

Kirill Mikhanovsky, “Give Me Liberty”


Karen Allen, “Colewell”

Hong Chau, “Driveways”

Elisabeth Moss, “Her Smell”

Mary Kay Place, “Diane”

Alfre Woodard, “Clemency”

Renee Zellweger, “Judy”


Chris Galust, “Give Me Liberty”

Kelvin Harrison Jr., “Luce”

Robert Pattinson, “The Lighthouse”

Matthias Schoenaerts, “The Mustang”

Adam Sandler, “Uncut Gems”


Jennifer Lopez, “Hustlers”

Taylor Russell, “Waves”

Lauren “Lolo” Spencer, “Give Me Liberty”

Octavia Spencer, “Luce”

Zhao Shuzhen, “The Farewell”


Willem Dafoe, “The Lighthouse”

Noah Jupe, “Honey Boy”

Shia LaBeouf, “Honey Boy”

Jonathan Majors, “The Last Black Man in San Francisco”

Wendell Pierce, “Burning Cane”

ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD – Given to one film’s director, casting director and ensemble cast

“Marriage Story,” Director: Noah Baumbach; Casting Directors: Douglas Aibel, Francine Maisler; Ensemble Cast: Alan Alda, Laura Dern, Adam Driver, Julie Hagerty, Scarlett Johansson, Ray Liotta, Azhy Robertson, Merritt Wever

BEST DOCUMENTARY (Award given to the director and producer)

“American Factory,” Director/Producer: Steven Bognar & Julia Reichert; Producers: Julie Parker Benello, Jeff Reichert

“Apollo 11,” Director/Producer: Todd Douglas Miller; Producers: Evan Krauss, Thomas Baxley Petersen

“For Sama,” Director: Edward Watts; Director/Producer: Waad al-Kateab

“Honeyland,” Director: Tamara Kotevska; Director/Producer: Ljubo Stefanov; Producer: Atanas Georgiev

“Island of the Hungry Ghosts,” Director/Producer: Gabrielle Brady; Producers: Gizem Acarla, Samm Haillay, Alex Kelly, Alexander Wadouh

BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM (Award given to the director)

“Invisible Life,” Brazil, Director: Karim Ainouz

“Les Miserables,” France, Director: Ladj Ly

“Parasite,” South Korea, Director: Bong Joon-Ho

“Portrait of a Lady on Fire,” France, Director: Celine Sciamma

“Retablo,” Peru, Director: Alvaro Delgado-Aparicio L.

“The Souvenir,” United Kingdom, Director: Joanna Hogg

BONNIE AWARD – Bonnie Tiburzi Caputo joined American Airlines in 1973 at age 24, becoming the first female pilot to fly for a major U.S. airline. In her honor, the third Bonnie Award will recognize a mid-career female director with a $50,000 unrestricted grant, sponsored by American Airlines.

Marielle Heller

Kelly Reichardt

Lulu Wang

PRODUCERS AWARD – The 23rd annual Producers Award honors emerging producers who, despite highly limited resources, demonstrate the creativity, tenacity and vision required to produce quality, independent films. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant.

Mollye Asher

Krista Parris

Ryan Zacarias

SOMEONE TO WATCH AWARD – The 26th annual Someone to Watch Award recognizes a talented filmmaker of singular vision who has not yet received appropriate recognition. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant.

Rashaad Ernesto Green, Director of “Premature”

Ash Mayfair, Director of “The Third Wife”

Joe Talbot, Director of “The Last Black Man in San Francisco”

TRUER THAN FICTION AWARD – The 25th annual Truer Than Fiction Award is presented to an emerging director of non-fiction features who has not yet received significant recognition. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant.

Khalik Allah, Director of “Black Mother”

Davy Rothbart, Director of “17 Blocks”

Nadia Shihab, Director of “Jaddoland”

Erick Stoll & Chase Whiteside, Director of “America”

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