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'Eighth Grade,' 'Beale Street' up for top Independent Spirit Award

By Karen Butler
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Elsie Fisher and her film "Eighth Grade" were nominated for Independent Spirit Awards Friday. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | <a href="/News_Photos/lp/45304e9e4da7e48aea32dbe73498db34/" target="_blank">License Photo</a>
Elsie Fisher and her film "Eighth Grade" were nominated for Independent Spirit Awards Friday. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

Nov. 16 (UPI) -- Eighth Grade, First Reformed, If Beale Street Could Talk, Leave No Trace and You Were Never Really Here were nominated for the Best Feature Independent Spirit Award Friday.

The nominees in other top categories include:

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Best First Feature
Hereditary
Sorry to Bother You
The Tale
We the Animals
Wildlife

Best Director
Paul Schrader First Reformed
Barry Jenkins If Beale Street Could Talk
Debra Granik Leave No Trace
Tamara Jenkins Private Life
Lynne Ramsay You Were Never Really Here

Best Screenplay
Nicole Holofcener, Jeff Whitty Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Richard Glatzer (writer, story by), Rebecca Lenkiewicz, Wash Westmoreland Colette
Paul Schrader First Reformed
Tamara Jenkins Private Life
Boots Riley Sorry to Bother You

Best First Screenplay
Quinn Shephard (writer, story by), Laurie Shephard (story by) Blame
Bo Burnham Eighth Grade
Christina Choe Nancy
Jennifer Fox The Tale
Cory Finley Thoroughbreds

Best Male Lead
Daveed Diggs Blindspotting
Ethan Hawke First Reformed
John Cho Searching
Christian Malheiros Sócrates
Joaquin Phoenix You Were Never Really Here

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Best Female Lead
Elsie Fisher Eighth Grade
Toni Collette Hereditary
Helena Howard Madeline's Madeline
Regina Hall Support the Girls
Glenn Close The Wife
Carey Mulligan Wildlife

Best Supporting Male
Adam Driver BLACKkKLANSMAN
Richard E. Grant Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Josh Hamilton Eighth Grade
John David Washington Monsters and Men
Raúl Castillo We the Animals

Best Supporting Female
Tyne Daly A Bread Factory
Regina King If Beale Street Could Talk
Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie Leave No Trace
J. Smith-Cameron Nancy
Kayli Carter Private Life

Winners will be announced Feb. 23 at a ceremony in Santa Monica to be broadcast live on IFC.

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