For the second year in a row, the Spirt Award nominees have shown that yes, diversity can exist in Hollywood. The cool, independent little sister of the Academy Awards (the Solange to their Beyoncé) isn’t set to take place until March 3rd, but the nominations are out and they’re cause for celebration thanks to sweeping nominations for films about the LGBTQ community and people of color.
The gay, coming-of-age drama Call Me by Your Name led the pack with six Spirit Award nominations including Best Feature; Best Male Lead for Timothee Chalamet; Best Male Supporting for Armie Hammer; Best Director for Luca Guadagnino; as well as nominations for Editing and Cinematography.
Hot on its gay Italians heels though, was Jordan Peele’s breakout social satire Get Out, which scored five nominations. The sociological thriller is up for Best Feature; Best Directing; Best Screenplay; Editing; and Best Male Lead for Daniel Kaluuya.
Alongside these obvious front-runners, there were a handful of surprises throughout the nominations. The other gay, coming-of-age film to release this year, the Coney Island-set Beach Rats, scored a few nominations including Best Male Lead for Harris Dickinson and Best Cinematography. The awards are also a big win for international LGBTQ films, with the French AIDS drama BPM (Beats Per Minute) and Chilean transgender drama A Fantastic Woman up for awards. Finally, the WWII-era racism drama Mudbound is getting recognition as the recipient of the Robert Altman award for best ensemble cast.
Your move, Oscars. If you need us, we’ll be on a MoviePass binge trying to see all of these films and if you want to see the full list of nominees, click here.