Other films that went into the Santa Monica beach ceremony with multiple nominations but home empty-handed include ‘Columbus’ and ‘Killing of a Sacred Deer.’
While Get Out, Call Me by Your Name and I, Tonya each took home two awards at this year’s Independent Spirit Awards, a number of other multiple nominees were shut out at the 33rd annual independent-film ceremony, which took place in a tent on the beach in Santa Monica.
Good Time, which was tied with Get Out for the second-most Spirit Award nominations with five, failed to win any of the awards for which it was nominated. But co-director Josh Safdie did get a shoutout from Timothee Chalamet when the actor accepted his best male lead prize.
In addition to the Robert Pattinson starrer, other films that went into Saturday’s show with multiple nominations but home empty-handed include The Rider (up for four awards), Columbus (three nominations) and double nominees The Killing of a Sacred Deer, Beatriz at Dinner, Beach Rats, Dayveon, The Florida Project and Oh Lucy.
The Rider filmmaker, Chloe Zhao, however, was recognized with the inaugural Bonnie award and a $50,000 grant, which went to a mid-career female director.
Beatriz at Dinner star Salma Hayek also delivered a memorable moment, proclaiming as she presented the award for best international film that none of the awards in that category have gone to moves from “shithole nations” because “there are no shithole nations,” a dig at President Trump and his recent comments about immigration.
While Lady Bird writer-director Greta Gerwig won best screenplay and Chalamet shouted out star Saoirse Ronan, that film, which was up for four awards only won one, losing both of the acting awards for which it was nominated. And Call Me by Your Name only collected two of the leading six awards for which it was nominated. It was also up for best feature, director (Luca Guadagnino), editing and supporting male (Armie Hammer).
Also high-profile best male lead nominee James Franco was a no-show after being accused of sexual misconduct by at least five women in January.