Art and Experience: Nominations for the 31st annual edition of the Indie Spirit Awards were announced on Tuesday. Only American feature film nominees with budgets of under $20 million are eligible for these awards.

2016 Spirit Award Nominations list:

Best feature

Beasts of No Nation

Best director

Sean Baker, Tangerine
Cary Joji Fukunaga, Beasts of No Nation
Todd Haynes, Carol
Charlie Kaufman & Duke Johnson, Anomalisa
Tom McCarthy, Spotlight
David Robert Mitchell, It Follows

Best screenplay

Charlie Kaufman, Anomalisa
Donald Margulies, The End of the Tour
Phyllis Nagy, Carol
Tom McCarthy & Josh Singer, Spotlight
S Craig Zahler, Bone Tomahawk

Best first feature

The Diary of a Teenage Girl
James White
Manos Sucias
Songs My Brothers Taught Me

Best first screenplay

Jesse Andrews, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
Jonas Carpignano, Mediterranea
Emma Donoghue, Room
Marielle Heller, The Diary of a Teenage Girl
John Magary, Russell Harbaugh, Myna Joseph, The Mend

Best male lead

Christopher Abbott, James White
Abraham Attah, Beasts of No Nation
Ben Mendelsohn, Mississippi Grind
Jason Segel, The End of the Tour
Koudous Seihon, Mediterranea

Best female lead

Cate Blanchett, Carol
Brie Larson, Room
Rooney Mara, Carol
Bel Powley, The Diary of A Teenage Girl
Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, Tangerine

Best supporting male

Kevin Corrigan, Results
Paul Dano, Love & Mercy
Idris Elba, Beasts of No Nation
Richard Jenkins, Bone Tomahawk
Michael Shannon, 99 Homes

Best supporting female

Robin Bartlett, H.
Marin Ireland, Glass Chin
Jennifer Jason Leigh, Anomalisa
Cynthia Nixon, James White
Mya Taylor, Tangerine

Best documentary

Best of Enemies
Heart of a Dog
The Look of Silence
The Russian Woodpecker

Best international film

Embrace of the Serpent
Son of Saul
A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence

Best cinematography

Beasts of No Nation
It Follows
Songs My Brothers Taught Me

Best editing

Beasts of No Nation
Heaven Knows What
It Follows

John Cassavetes award (best feature under $500,000)

Christmas, Again
Heaven Knows What
Out of My Hand

Robert Altman award (best ensemble)


Someone to watch award

Chloe Zhao
Felix Thompson
Robert Machoian & Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck


The Spirit Awards ceremony will be held in California’s Santa Monica beach city on Feb. 27, the day before the Oscars ceremony.