nominees//29th PRODUCERS GUILD AWARDS, DOCUMENTARY CATEGORY

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The Producers Guild of America has announced its nominees in the Feature Documentary category. Seven films will vie for the prize, seen by some as a good indicator of which films may make it among the nominees for the Oscar.

The winner will be announced during the 29th Producers Guild Awards on January 20, 2018. Nominees for the other motion picture categories, as well as television, will be announced on January 5, 2018.

FULL LIST OF NOMINEES:
(Producer credits are still being vetted for all nominated films.)

CHASING CORAL
Jeff Orlowski, director

CITY OF GHOSTS
Matthew Heineman, director

CRIES FROM SYRIA
Evgeny Afineevsky, director

EARTH: ONE AMAZING DAY
Peter Webber, Lixin Fan, Richard Dale, directors

JANE
Brett Morgen, director

JOSHUA: TEENAGER VS. SUPERPOWER
Joe Piscatella, director

THE NEWSPAPERMAN: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF BEN BRADLEE
John Maggio, director


nominees//33rd FILM INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARDS

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The throes of the awards season are upon us and if any awards presentation has become a precursor to the Academy Awards, it's the Film Independent Spirit Awards.

The celebration of independent cinema has lead to each Best Picture Academy Award winner for the past four years, including champions 12 Years a Slave, Birdman, and last year's Moonlight.

This year, the nominees include a range of heavily buzzed about films like Call Me By Your Name and Lady Bird. Both films have become the season's smaller films with the most traction thanks to successful festival runs. Call Me By Your Name started earlier with a screening at Sundance. Lady Bird had its first views in Toronto.

Box office success Get Out earned several nominations, confirming the thriller is an official awards season contender.

The 33rd Film Independent Spirit Awards take place March 3, 2018, under a tent on the beaches of Santa Monica. Nick Kroll and John Mulaney will return as the ceremony's hosts.

FULL LIST OF NOMINEES:

BEST FEATURE

CALL ME BY YOUR NAME
Producers: Peter Spears, Luca Guadagnino, Emilie Georges, Rodrigo Teixeira, Marco Morabito, James Ivory, Howard Rosenman

THE FLORIDA PROJECT
Producers: Sean Baker, Chris Bergoch, Kevin Chinoy, Andrew Duncan, Alex Saks, Francesca Silvestri, Shih-Ching Tsou

GET OUT
Producers: Jason Blum, Edward H. Hamm Jr., Sean McKittrick, Jordan Peele

LADY BIRD
Producers: Eli Bush, Evelyn O'Neill, Scott Rudin

THE RIDER
Producers: Mollye Asher, Bert Hamelinck, Sacha Ben Harroche, Chloe Zhao

BEST FIRST FEATURE

COLUMBUS
Director: Kogonada
Producers: Danielle Renfrew Behrens, Aaron Boyd, Giulia Caruso, Ki Jin Kim, Andrew Miano, Chris Weitz

INGRID GOES WEST
Director: Matt Spicer
Producers: Jared Ian Goldman, Adam Mirels, Robert Mirels, Aubrey Plaza, Tim White, Trevor White

MENASHE
Director/Producer: Joshua Z. Weinstein
Producers: Yoni Brook, Traci Carlson, Daniel Finkelman, Alex Lipschultz

OH LUCY!
Director/Producer: Atsuko Hirayanagi
Producers: Jessica Elbaum, Yukie Kito, Han West

PATTI CAKE$
Director: Geremy Jasper
Producers: Chris Columbus, Michael Gottwald, Dan Janvey, Daniela Taplin Lundberg, Noah Stahl, Rodrigo Teixeira

JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD
(Given to the best feature made for under $500,000.)

DAYVEON
Writer/Director/Producer: Amman Abbasi
Writer: Steven Reneau
Producers: Lachion Buckingham, Alexander Uhlmann

A GHOST STORY
Writer/Director: David Lowery
Producers: Adam Donaghey, Toby Halbrooks, James M. Johnston

LIFE AND NOTHING MORE
Writer/Director: Antonio Mendez Esparza
Producers: Amadeo Hernandez Bueno, Alvaro Portanet Hernandez, Pedro Hernandez Santos

MOST BEAUTIFUL ISLAND
Writer/Director/Producer: Ana Asensio
Producers: Larry Fessenden, Noah Greenberg, Chadd Harbold, Jenn Wexler

THE TRANSFIGURATION
Writer/Director: Michael O'Shea
Producer: Susan Leber

BEST DIRECTOR

Sean Baker
THE FLORIDA PROJECT

Jonas Carpignano
A CIAMBRA

Luca Guadagnino
CALL ME BY YOUR NAME

Jordan Peele
GET OUT

Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie
GOOD TIME

Chloe Zhao
THE RIDER

BEST SCREENPLAY

Greta Gerwig
LADY BIRD

Azazel Jacobs
THE LOVERS

Martin McDonagh
THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI

Jordan Peele
GET OUT

Mike White
BEATRIZ AT DINNER

BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY

Kris Avedisian
Story by: Kyle Espeleta, Jesse Wakeman
DONALD CRIED

Emily V. Gordon, Kumail Nanjiani
THE BIG SICK

Ingrid Jungermann
WOMEN WHO KILL

Kogonada
COLUMBUS

David Branson Smith, Matt Spicer
INGRID GOES WEST

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Thimios Bakatakis
THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER

Elisha Christian
COLUMBUS

Helene Louvart
BEACH RATS

Sayombhu Mukdeeprom
CALL ME BY YOUR NAME

Joshua James Richards
THE RIDER

BEST EDITING

Ronald Bronstein, Benny Safdie
GOOD TIME

Walter Fasano
CALL ME BY YOUR NAME

Alex O'Flinn
THE RIDER

Gregory Plotkin
GET OUT

Tatiana S. Riegel
I, TONYA

BEST FEMALE LEAD

Salma Hayek
BEATRIZ AT DINNER

Frances McDormand
THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI

Margot Robbie
I, TONYA

Saoirse Ronan
LADY BIRD

Shinobu Terajima
OH LUCY!

Regina Williams
LIFE AND NOTHING MORE

BEST MALE LEAD

Timothee Chalamet
CALL ME BY YOUR NAME

Harris Dickinson
BEACH RATS

James Franco
THE DISASTER ARTIST

Daniel Kaluuya
GET OUT

Robert Pattinson
GOOD TIME

BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE

Holly Hunter
THE BIG SICK

Allison Janney
I, TONYA

Laurie Metcalf
LADY BIRD

Lois Smith
MARJORIE PRIME

Taliah Lennice Webster
GOOD TIME

BEST SUPPORTING MALE

Nnamdi Asomugha
CROWN HEIGHTS

Armie Hammer
CALL ME BY YOUR NAME

Barry Keoghan
THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER

Sam Rockwell
THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI

Benny Safdie
GOOD TIME

ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD
(Given to one film's director, casting director, and ensemble cast.)

MUDBOUND
Director: Dee Rees
Casting Directors: Billy Hopkins, Ashley Ingram
Ensemble Cast: Jonathan Banks, Mary J. Blige, Jason Clarke, Garrett Hedlund, Jason Mitchell, Rob Morgan, Carey Mulligan

BEST DOCUMENTARY

THE DEPARTURE
Directors/Producer: Lana Wilson

FACES PLACES
Directors: Agnes Varda, JR
Producer: Rosalie Varda

LAST MEN IN ALEPPO
Director: Feras Fayyad
Producers: Kareem Abeed, Soeren Steen Jespersen, Stefan Kloos

MOTHERLAND
Director/Producer: Ramona S. Diaz
Producer: Rey Cuerdo

QUEST
Director: Jonathan Olshefski
Producer: Sabrina Schmidt Gordon

BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM

BPM (BEATS PER MINUTE)
France
Director: Robin Campillo

A FANTASTIC WOMAN
Chile
Director: Sebastian Lelio

I AM NOT A WITCH
Zambia
Director: Rungano Nyoni

LADY MACBETH
United Kingdom
Director: William Oldroyd

LOVELESS
Russia
Director: Andrey Zvyagintsev

BONNIE AWARD
(Bonnie Tiburzi Caputo joined American Airlines in 1973 at the age of 24, becoming the first female pilot to fly for a major U.S. airline. In her honor, the inaugural Bonnie Award will recognize a mid-career female director with a $50,000 unrestricted grant, sponsored by American Airlines.)

So Yong Kim

Lynn Shelton

Chloe Zhao

JEEP TRUER THAN FICTION AWARD
(The 23rd annual Truer Than Fiction Award, funded by the Jeep brand, is presented to an emerging director of non-fiction features who has not yet received significant recognition. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant funded by the Jeep brand.)

Shevaun Mizrahi
Director of DISTANT CONSTELLATION

Jonathan Olshefski
Director of QUEST

Jeff Unay
Director of THE CAGE FIGHTER

KIEHL'S SOMEONE TO WATCH AWARD
(The 24th annual Someone to Watch Award, funded by Kiehl's Since 1851, recognized a talented filmmaker of singular vision who has not yet received appropriate recognition. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant funded by Kiehl's Since 1851.)

Amman Abbasi
Director of DAYVEON

Justin Chon
Director of GOOK

Kevin Phillips
Director of SUPER DARK TIMES

PIAGET PRODUCERS AWARD
(The 21st annual Producers Award, funded by Piaget, honors emerging producers who, despite highly limited resources, demonstrate the creativity, tenacity, and vision required to produce quality, independent films. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant by Piaget.)

Giulia Caruso and Ki Jin Kim

Ben LeClair

Summer Shelton

nominees//49th NAACP IMAGE AWARDS

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The nominees for the 49th NAACP Image Awards have been announced, with Get Out, Girls Trip, and Netflix's Mudbound among the honorees.

The awards annually celebrate film, television, music, and literature. This year's list of nominees includes multiple mentions for several entertainers, including Mary J. Blige, who's up for awards for acting and music. Her five nominees are matched by Jay-Z, who also earned five mentions.

The Awards' highest accolade is the Entertainer of the Year award. This year's nominees include director Ava DuVernay, actor Chadwick Boseman, writer/actress Issa Rae, and music artists Bruno Mars, Chance the Rapper, and Jay-Z.

On the film side, Get Out earned the most mentions, including Best Film. Detroit, Grils Trip, Marshall, and Roman J. Israel, Esq. rounded out the category.

The 49th NAACP Image Awards will air live on TV One on January 15, 2018, with Anthony Anderson set to host.

FULL LIST OF FILM NOMINEES (click here for the comprehensive list):

Entertainer of the Year
Chadwick Boseman
Chance the Rapper
Ava DuVernay
Jay-Z
Bruno Mars
Issa Rae

Outstanding Motion Picture
DETROIT
Annapurna Pictures

GET OUT
Universal Pictures

GIRLS TRIP
Universal Pictures

MARSHALL
Open Road Films

ROMAN J. ISRAEL, ESQ.
Sony Pictures Entertainment

Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
Chadwick Boseman
MARSHALL

Idris Elba
THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US

Daniel Kaluuya
GET OUT

Algee Smith
DETROIT

Denzel Washington
ROMAN J. ISRAEL, ESQ.

Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
Halle Berry
KIDNAP

Danai Gurira
ALL EYEZ ON ME

Natalie Paul
CROWN HEIGHTS

Octavia Spencer
GIFTED

Amandla Stenberg
EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Nnamdi Asomugha
CROWN HEIGHTS

Sterling K. Brown
MARSHALL

Idris Elba
THOR: RAGNAROK

Laurence Fishburne
LAST FLAG FLYING

Lil Rel Howery
GET OUT

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Tiffany Haddish
GIRLS TRIP

Regina Hall
GIRLS TRIP

Audra McDonald
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

Keesha Sharp
MARSHALL

Tessa Thompson
THOR: RAGNAROK

Outstanding Documentary
I CALLED HIM MORGAN
Submarine Deluxe/Filmrise

THE RAPE OF RECY TAYLOR
Augusta Films

STEP
Fox Searchlight Pictures

TELL THEM WE ARE RISING: THE STORY OF BLACK COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES
Firelight Films

WHOSE STREETS?
Magnolia Pictures

Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture
THE BIG SICK
Emily V. Gordon, Kumail Nanjiani

DETROIT
Mark Boal

GET OUT
Jordan Peele

GIRLS TRIP
Kenya Barris, Tracy Oliver

MUDBOUND
Dee Rees, Virgil Williams

Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture
Reginald Hudlin
MARSHALL

Malcolm D. Lee
GIRLS TRIP

Stella Meghie
EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING

Jordan Peele
GET OUT

Dee Rees
MUDBOUND