The 2019 Film Independent Spirit Awards nominations were just announced and, as they are a little more comedy friendly than their big brother, The Oscars, it’s worth taking a gander of what comedies are hitting with voters this time around.
For this year, there definitely seems to be a strong thread of comedy going to the darker corners of the human experience throughout as Eighth Grade scored multiple nominations along with the dark absurdist fantasy of Sorry to Bother You, Thoroughbreds (a buddy step-patricide comedy), Can You Ever Forgive Me? that has Melissa McCarthy attempting to make a living as a literary forger. From the moody color palate alone, you could toss Yorgos Lanthimos’ latest The Favourite, a period piece comedy about the struggle for power within a Queen’s court.
On the other end of this spectrum, you have more life affirming, specifically feminist, comedies such as Support The Girls and Never Goin’ Back.
All in all, a very nice, extensive round up of indie comedy nominees this past year as you can see below. Let’s hope a decent amount of them win when the Spirit Awards are handed out on Feb 23rd.
BEST FEATURE EIGHTH GRADE-Producers: Eli Bush, Scott Rudin, Christopher Storer, Lila Yacoub
BEST FIRST FEATURE SORRY TO BOTHER YOU-Director: Boots Riley Producers: Nina Yang Bongiovi, Jonathan Duffy, Charles D. King, George Rush, Forest Whitaker, Kelly Williams
BEST SCREENPLAY CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME?-Nicole Holofcener, Jeff Whitty
BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY EIGHTH GRADE-Bo Burnham THOROUGHBREDS-Cory Finley
JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD NEVER GOIN’ BACK-Writer/Director: Augustine Frizzell Producers: Liz Cardenas, Toby Halbrooks, James M. Johnston
BEST FEMALE LEAD Elsie Fisher, EIGHTH GRADE Regina Hall, SUPPORT THE GIRLS
BEST SUPPORTING MALE Richard E. Grant, CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME? Josh Hamilton, EIGHTH GRADE
BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM THE FAVOURITE (United Kingdom)-Director: Yorgos Lanthimos