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Three Things to Watch Out for at the Film Independent Spirit Awards

Film Independent recently released the full list of nominations for the 2021 Spirit Awards, and it is a fascinating list indeed.

There's no denying that the past year has been a challenging one for the film industry, but taking a look at the magnificent releases that have received nods at this year's Awards shows there is still plenty to celebrate from the past 12 months.

Here are three key things to watch out for on the night.

Nomadland Winning Big

Chloé Zhao's Nomadland has already picked up 121 wins and 72 nominations - and it hasn't even been released in the UK yet. With one of the most exciting up-and-coming directors behind the camera and one of the most formidable actors of all time in front of it, this understated and intimate study of one woman's journey through America has encapsulated critics like few films that have come before.

After picking up five nominations at the Spirit Awards, including Best Picture and Best Female Lead, expect it to add plenty more to its astonishing tally of wins by the end of the night.

Steven Yeun Finally Getting Some Credit

Looking through Steven Yeun's list of nominations is beyond disappointing. Despite creating one of the most likeable yet layered TV characters of all time in The Walking Dead's Glenn Rhee, Yeun has nothing but a Saturn Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor to show for it. Since then, he has featured in powerful independent movies like Okja and Burning, but has still failed to gain the recognition he's deserved.

Now, though, through his portrayal of Jacob in Lee Isaac Chung's impactful drama Minari, Yeun might finally get some long overdue appreciation. There have already been rumours that he could be in line for Academy Award nods, and it would be a shock if he's not considered as a frontrunner here, too.

Andy Siara's Career Taking Off

Very few indie films from the last year have generated the level of uplifting buzz as Andy Siara's Palm Springs. While the UK (STILL!!!) cannot access this charming comedy, Siara has already established himself as one to watch - and could be in with a chance of picking up the Best First Screenplay award. By developing a sharp and witty yet original and unpredictable script that gets the best out of leads Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti, we expect this inexperienced writer to become a whole lot more experienced in the coming years.

What are your predictions for the Spirit Awards? Let us know in the comments.