39th Film Independent Spirit Award (FISA) Nominations

Only American film productions with less than $30 million in budgets are eligible for consideration during the FISA nominating process. Furthermore, films with budgets less than $1 million are also eligible for the John Cassavetes Award. The acting categories are now Gender Neutral, with ten nominees in the Best Lead Performance and ten nominees in the Best Supporting Performance categories. In addition, there are five nominees in the Best Breakthrough Performance category. Then there is the Robert Altman Award, which this year goes to Kelly Reichardt’s “Showing Up” starring Michelle Williams. The award is given to the film’s director, casting director and ensemble cast.

It’s a pretty great list. My only immediate quibble is the absence of Paul Mescal from the Best Supporting Performance list for his astonishing work in “All of Us Strangers” and the absence of Ilker Catak’s “The Teacher’s Lounge” (Germany) from the Best International Film lineup. On the other hand, I am delighted to see my favorite movie of the last few months, Hlynur Pálmason’s masterpiece “Godland, appear in that category.

So here is an (almost) complete list of the nominees in the Film section. The winners will be revealed on Sunday, February 25, 2024.

All Of Us Strangers

BEST PICTURE”

All of Us Strangers”

American Fiction”

May December”

“Passages”

Past Lives”

“We Grown Now”

I have seen 5 out of the six nominees

My choice: “All of Us Strangers”

My Forecast: “Past Lives”

May December

BEST DIRECTOR

Andrew Haigh, “All of Us Strangers”

Todd Haynes, “May December”

William Oldroyd, “Eileen”

Ira Sachs, “Passages”

Celine Song, “Past Lives”

I have seen all of the five nominees

My Choice: Andrew Haigh

My Forecast: Todd Haynes

Passages

BEST LEAD PERFORMANCE

Jessica Chastain, “Memory”

Greta Lee, “Past Lives”

Trace Lysette, “Monica”

Natalie Portman, “May December”

Judy Reyes, “Birth/Rebirth”

Franz Rogowski, “Passages”

Andrew Scott, “All of Us Strangers”

Teyana Taylor, “A Thousand and One”

Jeffrey Wright, “American Fiction”

Teo Yoo, “Past Lives”

I have seen 9 of the ten nominees

My Choice: Andrew Scott

My Forecast: Franz Rogowski

The Holdovers

BEST SUPPORTING PERFORMANCE

Erika Alexander, “American Fiction”

Sterling K. Brown, “American Fiction”

Noah Galvin, “Theater Camp”

Anne Hathaway, “Eileen”

Glenn Howerton, “BlackBerry”

Marin Ireland, “Eileen”

Charles Melton, “May December”

Da’Vine Joy Randolph, “The Holdovers”

Catalina Saavedra, “Rotting in the Sun”

Ben Whishaw, “Passages”

I have seen 9 of the ten nominees

My Choice: Charles Melton

My Forecast: Da’Vine Joy Randolph

American Fiction

BEST SCREENPLAY

American Fiction”

“Birth/Rebirth”

“Bottoms”

The Holdovers”

Past Lives”

I have seen 4 of the five nominees

My Choice: American Fiction

My Forecast: American Fiction

Monica

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

“All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt”

“Chronicles of a Wandering Saint”

The Holdovers”

“Monica”

“We Grown Now”

I have seen 2 of the five nominees

My Choice: Monica

My Forecast: The Holdovers

Rotting in the Sun

BEST EDITING

“How to Blow Up a Pipeline”

Rotting in the Sun”

“Theater Camp”

“Upon Entry”

“We Grown Now”

I have seen one of the five nominees

Four Daughters

BEST DOCUMENTARY

“Bye Bye Tiberias”

Four Daughters”

Going to Mars: The Nikki Giovanni Project”

“Kokomo City”

The Mother of All Lies”

I have seen 3 of the five nominees

My Choice: Four Daughters

My Forecast: Four Daughters

Godland

BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM

Anatomy of a Fall,” France

Godland,” Denmark/Iceland

“Mami Wata,” Nigeria

Totem,” Mexico

The Zone of Interest,” United Kingdom/Poland/United States

I have seen four of the five nominees

My Choice: Godland

My Forecast: Anatomy of a Fall

A Thousand and One

BEST FIRST FEATURE

“All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt”

Chronicles of a Wandering Saint

“Earth Mama”

A Thousand and One”

“Upon Entry”

I have seen one of the five nominees

May December

BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY

“Chronicles of a Wandering Saint”

May December”

The Starling Girl”

“Theater Camp”

“Upon Entry”

I have seen 2 of the five nominees

My Choice: May December

My Forecast: May December

The Holdovers

BEST BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE

Marshawn Lynch, “Bottoms”

Atibon Nazaire, “Mountains”

Tia Nomore, “Earth Mama”

Dominic Sessa, The Holdovers”

Anaita Wali Zada, “Fremont”

I have seen 3 of the five nominees

My Choice: Dominic Sessa

My Forecast: Dominic Sessa

Freemont

JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD  – Given to the best feature made for under $1,000,000 (Award given to the writer, director and producer)

“The Artifice Girl”

“Cadejo Blanco”

“Fremont”

Rotting in the Sun”

The Unknown Country”

I have seen 2 of the five nominees

My Choice: Fremont

My Forecast: The Unknown Country

Showing Up

ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD  – Given to one film’s director, casting director and ensemble cast

Showing Up”

Director: Kelly Reichardt

Casting Director: Gayle Keller

Ensemble Cast: André Benjamin, Hong Chau, Judd Hirsch, Heather Lawless, James Le Gros, John Magaro, Matt Malloy, Amanda Plummer, Maryann Plunkett, Denzel Rodriguez, Michelle Williams

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