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'American Honey,' 'Moonlight' each up for six Independent Spirit Awards

By Karen Butler
Director Barry Jenkins (second from left) and his cast (L-R) Trevante Rhodes, Alex Hibbert, Naomie Harris, Mahershala Ali, Janelle Monae and Andre Holland arrive at the premiere of "Moonlight" at the DGA Theater in Los Angeles on October 13, 2016. File Photo by Christine Chew/UPI
1 of 5 | Director Barry Jenkins (second from left) and his cast (L-R) Trevante Rhodes, Alex Hibbert, Naomie Harris, Mahershala Ali, Janelle Monae and Andre Holland arrive at the premiere of "Moonlight" at the DGA Theater in Los Angeles on October 13, 2016. File Photo by Christine Chew/UPI | License Photo

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 22 (UPI) -- American Honey and Moonlight were each nominated for six Independent Spirit Awards Tuesday.

Manchester by the Sea followed close behind, earning five nods.

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The three films will compete with Chronic and Jackie for the top honor of Best Feature.

The nominees in the other major categories are:

Best Director

Andrea Arnold American Honey
Barry Jenkins Moonlight
Pablo Larraín Jackie
Jeff Nichols Loving
Kelly Reichardt Certain Women

Best Screenplay

Barry Jenkins, Tarell Alvin McCraney Moonlight
Kenneth Lonergan Manchester by the Sea
Mike Mills 20th Century Women
Ira Sachs, Mauricio Zacharias Little Men
Taylor Sheridan Hell or High Water

Best Male Lead

Casey Affleck Manchester by the Sea
David Harewood Free In Deed
Viggo Mortensen Captain Fantastic
Jesse Plemons Other People
Tim Roth Chronic

Best Female Lead

Annette Bening 20th Century Women
Isabelle Huppert Elle
Sasha Lane American Honey
Ruth Negga Loving
Natalie Portman Jackie

Best Supporting Male
Ralph Fiennes A Bigger Splash
Ben Foster Hell or High Water
Lucas Hedges Manchester by the Sea
Shia LaBeouf American Honey
Craig Robinson Morris From America

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Best Supporting Female
Edwina Findley Free In Deed
Paulina Garcia Little Men
Lily Gladstone Certain Women
Riley Keough American Honey
Molly Shannon Other People

Winners are to be announced at a Santa Monica ceremony on Feb. 25.

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