MOONLIGHT, AMER­I­CAN HONEY LEAD IN­DE­PEN­DENT SPIRIT AWARDS NOM­I­NA­TIONS

Fiji Sun - - Showbiz - In­dian Ex­press

Com­ing-of-age tale Moonlight and road movie Amer­i­can Honey led the pack of in­de­pen­dent films tipped for Os­cars glory as the Spirit Awards nom­i­na­tions were an­nounced on Tues­day.

Starring Ma­her­shala Ali and Naomie Har­ris, Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight tells the life story of a young African-Amer­i­can man strug­gling to find his place as he grows up in a rough neigh­bour­hood of Mi­ami.

It was nom­i­nated in six cat­e­gories, in­clud­ing best fea­ture, best di­rec­tor and best screen­play. It was passed over in the act­ing cat­e­gories, de­spite Ali and Har­ris be­ing con­sid­ered strong con­tenders for Os­car nods. The en­tire cast, Jenkins and cast­ing di­rec­tor Yesi Ramirez will get the spe­cial Robert Alt­man Award.

The win­ners will be an­nounced on Fe­bru­ary 25, 2017.

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