December 7, 2019

MOTs Receive Film Independent Spirit Awards Nominations

Adam Sandler in "Uncut Gems" Photo courtesy of Amazon Studios

Jewish talent on screen and behind the camera is well represented among the nominees for the 2020 Film Independent Spirit Awards. “Uncut Gems,” starring Adam Sandler and directed by Josh and Benny Safdie, is nominated for five awards, including best feature, actor, director, screenplay and editing. The dark dramedy, about a Manhattan diamond district jeweler whose gambling problem gets him in serious trouble, hits theaters Dec. 13. 

Shia LaBeouf earned a supporting actor nomination for “Honey Boy,” which he wrote based on his experiences as a child star and his relationship with his father. 

Writer-director Noah Baumbach scored best feature and screenplay nods for “Marriage Story,” which is now in theaters ahead of its Dec. 6 streaming launch on Netflix. The film will also receive the Robert Altman Award, honoring Baumbach and the cast, including lead actors Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver. Johansson, also now on screen in “Jojo Rabbit,” will host “Saturday Night Live” on Dec. 14, her sixth time as host.

The Independent Spirit Awards ceremony will be held in Santa Monica Feb. 8 

The ceremony will air live on IFC Feb. 8, the day before the Academy Awards.