36th Independent Spirit Awards
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|36th Independent Spirit Awards|
|Awarded for||Best in independent film and television|
|Date||April 22, 2021|
|Site||Santa Monica Pier|
(Santa Monica, California)
|Hosted by||Melissa Villaseñor|
|Most awards||Nomadland (4)|
|Most nominations||Never Rarely Sometimes Always (7)|
The 36th Film Independent Spirit Awards, honoring the best independent films of 2020, were presented by Film Independent on April 22, 2021. Though it was initially intended for the ceremony to air on April 24, 2021, it was later changed to April 22, 2021. The ceremony was televised in the United States by IFC and was hosted by Melissa Villaseñor. The nominations were announced on January 26, 2021 by Laverne Cox, Barry Jenkins, and Olivia Wilde.
The Film Independent expanded categories in order to honor television series for the first time, creating five new ones: Best New Scripted Series, Best New Non-Scripted or Documentary Series, Best Male Performance in a Scripted Series, Best Female Performance in a Scripted Series, and Best Ensemble Cast in a Scripted Series.
Winners and nominees
Films with multiple nominations and awards
|7||Never Rarely Sometimes Always|
|5||Ma Rainey's Black Bottom|
|Promising Young Woman|
|Sound of Metal|
|I Carry You With Me|
|Best New Scripted Series||Best New Non-Scripted or Documentary Series|
|Best Male Performance in a Scripted Series||Best Female Performance in a Scripted Series|
|Best Ensemble Cast in a Scripted Series|
Series with multiple nominations and awards
|2||I May Destroy You|
(The award is given to its film director, casting director, and ensemble cast)
- One Night in Miami... – Regina King, Kimberly Hardin, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Eli Goree, Aldis Hodge, and Leslie Odom Jr.
Honors emerging producers who, despite highly limited resources, demonstrate the creativity, tenacity and vision required to produce quality, independent films.
- Kara Durrett
- Lucas Joaquin
- Gerry Kim
Someone to Watch Award
- David Midell
- Ekwa Msangi - Farewell Amour
- Annie Silverstein
Truer than Fiction Award
Presented to an emerging director of non-fiction features who has not yet received significant recognition. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant.
- Cecilia Aldarondo
- Elegance Bratton - Pier Kids
- Elizabeth Lo
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