Independent Spirit Robert Altman Award

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The Independent Spirit Robert Altman Award is presented to the ensemble cast, director and casting director of a film by the Film Independent, a non-profit organization dedicated to independent film and independent filmmakers. It is named after director, screenwriter, and producer Robert Altman, who is considered a "maverick" in naturalistic films.[1]

The award was created as a tribute after his passing during the 2007 ceremony. It became a competitive category the following year.[2] Since its inauguration, the award was always directly given to the winner, without any other nominees.


Year Winner Distributing company(s) Recipients Ref.
Director(s) Casting Director(s) Cast
2007 I'm Not There The Weinstein Company Todd Haynes Laura Rosenthal Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Marcus Carl Franklin, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Richard Gere, Bruce Greenwood, Heath Ledger and Ben Whishaw [3]
2008 Synecdoche, New York Sony Pictures Classics Charlie Kaufman Jeanne McCarthy Hope Davis, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Catherine Keener, Samantha Morton, Tom Noonan, Emily Watson, Dianne Wiest and Michelle Williams [4]
2009 A Serious Man Focus Features Ethan Coen and Joel Coen Ellen Chenoweth and Rachel Tenner Richard Kind, Sari Lennick, Jessica McManus, Fred Melamed, Michael Stuhlbarg and Aaron Wolff [5]
2010 Please Give Sony Pictures Classics Nicole Holofcener Jeanne McCarthy Ann Guilbert, Rebecca Hall, Catherine Keener, Elizabeth Keener, Amanda Peet, Oliver Platt and Sarah Steele [6]
2011 Margin Call Lionsgate, Roadside Attractions, Benaroya Pictures J. C. Chandor Tiffany Little Canfield and Bernard Telsey Penn Badgley, Simon Baker, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Irons, Mary McDonnell, Demi Moore, Zachary Quinto, Kevin Spacey and Stanley Tucci [7]
2012 Starlet Maybach Cunningham, Freestyle Picture Company, Cre Film, Mangusta Productions Sean Baker Julia Kim Dree Hemingway, Besedka Johnson, Karren Karagulian, Stella Maeve and James Ransone [8]
2013 Mud Lionsgate, Roadside Attractions Jeff Nichols Francine Maisler Joe Don Baker, Stuart Greer, Jacob Lofland, Matthew McConaughey, Ray McKinnon, Sam Shepard, Tye Sheridan, Sarah Paulson, Michael Shannon, Paul Sparks, Bonnie Sturdivant and Reese Witherspoon [9][10]
2014 Inherent Vice Warner Bros. Paul Thomas Anderson Cassandra Kulukundis Josh Brolin, Hong Chau, Martin Donovan, Jena Malone, Joanna Newsom, Joaquin Phoenix, Sasha Pieterse, Eric Roberts, Maya Rudolph, Martin Short, Serena Scott Thomas, Benicio del Toro, Katherine Waterston, Owen Wilson, Reese Witherspoon and Michael Kenneth Williams [11]
2015 Spotlight Open Road Films Tom McCarthy Kerry Barden and Paul Schnee Michael Cyril Creighton, Billy Crudup, Paul Guilfoyle, Neal Huff, Brian d'Arcy James, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo, Liev Schreiber, Jamey Sheridan, John Slattery and Stanley Tucci [12]
2016 Moonlight A24 Barry Jenkins Yesi Ramirez Mahershala Ali, Patrick Decile, Naomie Harris, Alex Hibbert, André Holland, Jharrel Jerome, Janelle Monáe, Jaden Piner, Trevante Rhodes and Ashton Sanders [13]
2017 Mudbound Netflix Dee Rees Billy Hopkins and Ashley Ingram Jonathan Banks, Mary J. Blige, Jason Clarke, Garrett Hedlund, Jason Mitchell, Rob Morgan and Carey Mulligan [14]
2018 Suspiria Amazon Studios Luca Guadagnino Avy Kaufman and Stella Savino Malgosia Bela, Ingrid Caven, Lutz Ebersdorf, Elena Fokina, Mia Goth, Jessica Harper, Dakota Johnson, Gala Moody, Chloë Grace Moretz, Renée Soutendijk, Tilda Swinton, Sylvie Testud and Angela Winkler [15]
2019 Marriage Story Netflix Noah Baumbach Douglas Aibel and Francine Maisler Alan Alda, Laura Dern, Adam Driver, Julie Hagerty, Scarlett Johansson, Ray Liotta, Azhy Robertson and Merritt Wever [16][17]
2020 One Night in Miami... Amazon Studios Regina King Kimberly Hardin Kingsley Ben-Adir, Eli Goree, Aldis Hodge and Leslie Odom Jr. [18]
2021 Mass Bleecker Street Fran Kranz Henry Russell Bergstein and Allison Estrin Kagen Albright, Reed Birney, Michelle N. Carter, Ann Dowd, Jason Isaacs, Martha Plimpton, and Breeda Wool [19]

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  1. ^ Robert Altman's Top 15 Films|IndieWire
  2. ^ "New award pays tribute to Robert Altman". February 18, 2007. Retrieved February 28, 2016.
  3. ^ '"I'm Not There" to receive first Altman casting award|Hollywood Reporter
  4. ^ "Kaufman to Receive Robert Altman Award". December 3, 2008. Archived from the original on March 5, 2016. Retrieved February 28, 2016.
  5. ^ "Precious" Tops Spirit Awards|IndieWire
  6. ^ Black Swan Leads the Winners of the 2011 Independent Spirit Awards!|POPSUGAR Entertainment
  7. ^ "Robert Altman Award Winner - Margin Call". Film Independent. YouTube. March 9, 2012. Retrieved February 28, 2016.
  8. ^ "Starlet - Robert Altman Award - 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards". Film Independent. YouTube. February 28, 2013. Retrieved February 28, 2016.
  9. ^ "Robert Altman Award, Mud". Film Independent. Vimeo. Retrieved February 28, 2016.
  10. ^ Robert Altman Award | 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards - FilmIndependent on YouTube
  11. ^ "Inherent Vice: Nominated for Robert Altman Award". Film Independent. Archived from the original on May 11, 2015. Retrieved February 28, 2016.
  12. ^ "Spotlight: Nominated for Robert Altman Award". Film Independent. Archived from the original on January 31, 2016. Retrieved February 28, 2016.
  13. ^ "2017 Nominees" (PDF). Film Independent. Retrieved November 22, 2016.
  14. ^ "2018 Nominees". Film Independent. Retrieved November 21, 2017.
  15. ^ Lewis, Hilary. "Independent Spirit Awards: 'Eighth Grade,' 'First Reformed' Among Best Feature Nominees". The Hollywood Reporter. The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 16, 2018.
  16. ^ Sharf, Zach. "2020 Independent Spirit Awards Nominees: 'Marriage Story,' 'Uncut Gems,' and More". Indiewire. Indiewire. Retrieved November 22, 2019.
  17. ^ Independent Spirit Awards 2020: Full list of Nominees - GoldDerby
  18. ^ SPIRIT AWARDS NOMINATIONS (2021) | Presenters Olivia Wilde, Barry Jenkins & Laverne Cox|FilmIndependent on YouTube
  19. ^ "Mass". Film Independent Spirit Awards. Retrieved December 18, 2021.