34th Independent Spirit Awards

The 34th Film Independent Spirit Awards, honoring the best independent films of 2018, were presented by Film Independent on February 23, 2019.[1][2][3] The nominations were announced on November 16, 2018 by actresses Molly Shannon and Gemma Chan.[4][5][6] The ceremony was televised in the United States by IFC, taking place inside its usual tent setting on a beach in Santa Monica, California. It was hosted by Aubrey Plaza.[7]

34th Independent Spirit Awards
Awarded forBest in independent film
DateFebruary 23, 2019
SiteSanta Monica Pier
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Hosted byAubrey Plaza
Most awardsIf Beale Street Could Talk (3)
Most nominationsEighth Grade, First Reformed, We the Animals, and You Were Never Really Here (4)
Television coverage

Winners and nominees

Best Feature Best Director

If Beale Street Could Talk

Barry JenkinsIf Beale Street Could Talk

Best Male Lead Best Female Lead

Ethan HawkeFirst Reformed as Pastor Ernst Toller

Glenn CloseThe Wife as Joan Castleman

Best Supporting Male Best Supporting Female

Richard E. GrantCan You Ever Forgive Me? as Jack Hock

Regina KingIf Beale Street Could Talk as Sharon Rivers

Best Screenplay Best First Screenplay

Nicole Holofcener and Jeff WhittyCan You Ever Forgive Me?

Bo BurnhamEighth Grade

Best First Feature Best Documentary Feature

Boots RileySorry to Bother You

Won't You Be My Neighbor?

Best Cinematography Best Editing

Sayombhu MukdeepromSuspiria

Joe BiniYou Were Never Really Here

Best International Film

Roma (  Mexico)

Films with multiple nominations and awards

Films that received multiple nominations
Nominations Film
4 Eighth Grade
First Reformed
We the Animals
You Were Never Really Here
3 If Beale Street Could Talk
Leave No Trace
Private Life
The Tale
2 A Bread Factory
Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Hale County This Morning, This Evening
Madeline's Madeline
Minding the Gap
On Her Shoulders
Sorry to Bother You
Films that won multiple awards
Awards Film
3 If Beale Street Could Talk
2 Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Special awards

John Cassavetes Award

En el séptimo día

Robert Altman Award (Best Ensemble)

(The award is given to its film director, casting director, and ensemble cast)

Kiehl's Someone to Watch Award

Recognizes 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.

The BONNIE Award

Recognizes mid-career women directors with a body of work that demonstrates uniqueness of vision and a groundbreaking approach to film making. The award includes a $50,000 unrestricted grant funded by American Airlines.

Piaget Producers Award

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 funded by Piaget.

  • Shrihari Sathe
    • Jonathan Duffy and Kelly Williams
    • Gabrielle Nadig

Truer than Fiction Award

Presented to an emerging director of non-fiction features who has not yet received significant recognition. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant.

See also


  1. ^ "2019 Indie Spirit Awards Winners: Complete List". Variety. February 23, 2019. Retrieved February 24, 2019.
  2. ^ Aquilina, Tyler (February 23, 2019). "Independent Spirit Awards 2019: See the full winners list". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved February 24, 2019.
  3. ^ Warren, Matt (February 23, 2019). "Here are the Winners of the 2019 Film Independent Spirit Awards". Film Independent. Retrieved February 24, 2019.
  4. ^ "34th Film Independent Spirit Awards Nominations Announced". Film Independent. November 16, 2018. Retrieved November 17, 2018.
  5. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (November 16, 2018). "2019 Spirit Award Nominations: 'We The Animals' Tops With Five, A24 Leads All Distributors, Studio Classic Labels Come Up Short". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 22, 2018.
  6. ^ Cho, Stephan (November 16, 2018). "2019 Independent Spirit Awards Nominations Revealed". Paste. Retrieved November 17, 2018.
  7. ^ McNary, Dave (November 27, 2018). "Aubrey Plaza to Host 2019 Spirit Awards". Variety. Retrieved December 3, 2018.

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