36th Independent Spirit Awards

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36th Independent Spirit Awards
Awarded forBest in independent film and independent television
DateApril 22, 2021
SiteSanta Monica Pier
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Hosted byMelissa Villaseñor
Highlights
Best FeatureNomadland
Most awardsNomadland (4)
Most nominationsNever Rarely Sometimes Always (7)
Television coverage
ChannelIFC

The 36th Film Independent Spirit Awards, honoring the best independent films and television series of 2020, were presented by Film Independent on April 22, 2021.[1] Though it was initially intended for the ceremony to air on April 24, 2021, it was later changed to April 22, 2021.[2] The nominations were announced on January 26, 2021 by Laverne Cox, Barry Jenkins, and Olivia Wilde.[3][4][5] The ceremony was televised in the United States on IFC and streamed exclusively by AMC+.[6] Melissa Villaseñor hosted the ceremony.[7][8]

Expansion[edit]

This year, the Film Independent expanded categories in order to honor television series for the first time, debuting five new categories: Best New Scripted Series, Best New Non-Scripted or Documentary Series, Best Male Performance in a New Scripted Series, Best Female Performance in a New Scripted Series, and Best Ensemble Cast in a New Scripted Series.[9][10][11]

Winners and nominees[edit]

Film[edit]

Chloé Zhao, Best Feature co-winner, and Best Director and Best Editing winner
Riz Ahmed, Best Male Lead winner
Carey Mulligan, Best Female Lead winner
Youn Yuh-jung, Best Supporting Female winner
Emerald Fennell, Best Screenplay winner
Best Feature Best Director

Nomadland

Chloé ZhaoNomadland

Best Male Lead Best Female Lead

Riz AhmedSound of Metal as Ruben Stone

Carey MulliganPromising Young Woman as Cassandra "Cassie" Thomas

Best Supporting Male Best Supporting Female

Paul RaciSound of Metal as Joe

Youn Yuh-jungMinari as Soon-ja

Best Screenplay Best First Screenplay

Emerald FennellPromising Young Woman

Andy Siara – Palm Springs

Best First Feature Best Documentary Feature

Darius MarderSound of Metal

Crip Camp

Best Cinematography Best Editing

Joshua James Richards – Nomadland

Chloé ZhaoNomadland

Best International Film

Quo Vadis, Aida? ( Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Films with multiple nominations and awards[edit]

Films that won multiple awards
Awards Film
4 Nomadland
3 Sound of Metal
2 Promising Young Woman

Television[edit]

Best New Scripted Series Best New Non-Scripted or Documentary Series

I May Destroy You (BBC One / HBO)

Immigration Nation (Netflix)

Best Male Performance in a New Scripted Series Best Female Performance in a New Scripted Series

Amit RahavUnorthodox as Yakov "Yanky" Shapiro (Netflix)

Shira HaasUnorthodox as Esther "Esty" Shapiro (Netflix)

Best Ensemble Cast in a New Scripted Series

I May Destroy YouMichaela Coel, Paapa Essiedu, Weruche Opia, and Stephen Wight

Series with multiple nominations and awards[edit]

Series that received multiple nominations
Nominations Series
3 Little America
Unorthodox
Series that won multiple awards
Awards Series
2 I May Destroy You
Unorthodox

Special awards[edit]

John Cassavetes Award[edit]

(The award is given to the best feature made for under $500,000; recipients are the writer, director, and producer)

Residue

Robert Altman Award[edit]

(The award is given to its film director, casting director, and ensemble cast)

Producers Award[edit]

The award honors emerging producers, who despite highly limited resources demonstrate the creativity, tenacity, and vision required to create quality independent films. The winner receives a $25,000 unrestricted cash grant courtesy of Spirit Award Premier Sponsors Genesis Motor North America.

  • Gerry Kim
    • Kara Durrett
    • Lucas Joaquin

Someone to Watch Award[edit]

The award honors a talented filmmaker of singular vision who has not yet received appropriate recognition. The winner receives a $25,000 unrestricted cash grant courtesy of Spirit Award Premier Sponsors Genesis Motor North America.

Truer than Fiction Award[edit]

The award honors to an emerging director of non-fiction features who has not yet received appropriate recognition. The winner receives a $25,000 unrestricted cash grant courtesy of Spirit Award Premier Sponsors Genesis Motor North America.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Galuppo, Mia; Nordyke, Kimberly; Drury, Sharareh; Perez, Lexy (April 22, 2021). "Film Independent Spirit Awards: 'Nomadland' Wins Best Feature, Best Director for Chloe Zhao". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 22, 2021.
  2. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (January 21, 2021). "Independent Spirit Awards Breaks Tradition During Pandemic, Will Take Place Thursday Before Oscars". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 22, 2021.
  3. ^ Anderson, Erik (January 21, 2021). "Spirit Awards move date; Barry Jenkins, Laverne Cox, Olivia Wilde to announce nominations". AwardsWatch. Retrieved January 22, 2021.
  4. ^ "SPIRIT AWARDS NOMINATIONS (2021) | Presenters Olivia Wilde, Barry Jenkins & Laverne Cox". YouTube. January 26, 2021. Retrieved January 26, 2021.
  5. ^ Lewis, Hilary (January 26, 2021). "Film Independent Spirit Awards: 'Never Rarely Sometimes Always', 'Minari', 'Ma Rainey's Black Bottom', 'Nomadland' Top Nominations". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 26, 2021.
  6. ^ Hipes, Patrick (April 22, 2021). "How To Watch Tonight's Film Independent Spirit Awards Online & On TV". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 22, 2021.
  7. ^ Verhoeven, Beatrice (February 8, 2021). "'SNL' Star Melissa Villasenor to Host 2021 Film Independent Spirit Awards". TheWrap. Retrieved February 8, 2021.
  8. ^ Perez, Lexy (April 22, 2021). "Spirit Awards: Melissa Villasenor Says Pandemic Marked "Tough Year" to "Watch Independent Movies"". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 22, 2021.
  9. ^ Welk, Brian (September 29, 2020). "Independent Spirit Awards Adds 5 New TV Categories for 2021 Ceremony". TheWrap. Retrieved September 29, 2020.
  10. ^ Hill, Libby (September 29, 2020). "2021 Film Independent Spirit Awards Expand to Honor Television". IndieWire. Retrieved September 29, 2020.
  11. ^ Schneider, Michael (April 22, 2021). "Independent Spirit Awards Define What's 'Indie TV': 'I May Destroy You' and 'Unorthodox', for Starters". Variety. Retrieved April 22, 2021.

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