Reprinted from Variety by Kristopher Tapley on November 22, 2016.
The last three winners of the Film Independent Spirit Awards best film prize have gone on to win the Oscar for best picture. Is 2016’s victor among the nominees this year?
American Honey and Moonlight led the way with six nominations apiece. Manchester by the Sea picked up five. The three films were joined by Jackie and Chronic in the best feature category.
Curiously absent from the best director category was Manchester helmer Kenneth Lonergan, though he did pick up a screenplay nomination. Michelle Williams was also left off the supporting actress list for her brief but powerful performance in the film. …
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