2019 Independent Spirit Awards; ‘Eighth Grade’ & ‘First Reformed’ Lead Nominees List

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The Independent Spirit Awards nominations have been announced and the biggest shocker is the total snub of Melissa McCarthy‘s immaculate performance as Lee Israel in "Can You Ever Forgive Me?" Does this spell trouble for Oscar? Doubt it, the performance is too irresistible to ignore and McCarthy is, at this point, industry royalty.
Also, despite leading in nominations "Eighth Grade" failed to garner a directing nom for the creator of this brilliant film, writer-director Bo Burnham.
Best FeatureEighth Grade, First Reformed, If Beale Street Could Talk, Leave No Trace, You Were Never Really Here
Best DirectorDebra GranikLeave No TraceBarry JenkinsIf Beale Street Could TalkTamara JenkinsPrivate LifeLynne RamsayYou Were Never Really HerePaul SchraderFirst Reformed
Best First FeatureHereditary, Sorry to Bother You, The Tale, We The Animals, Wildlife
Best Female LeadGlenn CloseThe WifeToni ColletteHereditaryElsie FisherEighth GradeRegina HallSupport The GirlsHelena HowardMadeline’s MadelineCarey MulliganWildlife
Best Male LeadJohn ChoSearchingDaveed DiggsBlindspottingEthan HawkeFirst ReformedChristian MalheirosSocratesJoaquin PhoenixYou Were Never Really Here.
Best Supporting FemaleKayli CarterPrivate LifeTyne DalyA Bread FactoryRegina KingIf Beale Street Could TalkThomasin Harcourt McKenzieLeave No TraceJ. Smith-CameronNancy
Best Supporting Male: Raúl Castillo, We the Animals, Adam Driver, BlacKkKlansman, Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me?, Josh HamiltonEighth GradeJohn David WashingtonMonsters and Men
Best ScreenplayRichard Glatzer (Writer/Story By), Rebecca Lenkiewicz & Wash WestmorelandColetteNicole Holofcener & Jeff WhittyCan You Ever Forgive Me?Tamara JenkinsPrivate LifeBoots RileySorry to Bother YouPaul SchraderFirst Reformed