Teen pregnancy drama "Never Rarely Sometimes Always" leads all nominees with seven, including Best Director for Eliza Hittman and Best Female Lead for Sidney Flanigan while "Minari", about a Korean-American family settling into life on a farm in Arkansas, follows with six nods.
Awards season favourites "Nomadland" and "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" each grabbed five nominations.
Flanigan will face tough competition for the Best Female Lead award - others featured in the category are Frances McDormand ("Nomadland"), Carey Mulligan ("Promising Young Woman"), Nicole Beharie ("Miss Juneteenth"), Viola Davis ("Ma Rainey's Black Bottom"), and Julia Garner ("The Assistant").
In contention for Best Male Lead are Riz Ahmed ("Sound of Metal"), Steven Yeun ("Minari"), Rob Morgan ("Bull"), Adarsh Gourav ("The White Tiger"), and the late Chadwick Boseman ("Ma Rainey's Black Bottom").
Meanwhile, this year's ceremony will also salute TV projects for the first time, with "Little America", "Never Have I Ever", "I May Destroy You", and "Unorthodox" among the shows recognised in various categories.
The winners of the 36th Film Independent Spirit Awards will be unveiled during a ceremony in Santa Monica, California on 22 April (21) - the Thursday before the Oscars, breaking a longstanding tradition of taking place on the eve of the Academy Awards.
Best First Feature:
Best Female Lead:
Best Male Lead:
Best Supporting Female:
Best Supporting Male:
Best First Screenplay:
Robert Altman Award: "One Night in Miami"
Best International Film:
Piaget Producers Award:
Someone to Watch Award:
Truer Than Fiction Award:
John Cassavetes Awards:
Best New Non-Scripted or Documentary Series:
Best Scripted Series:
Best Female Performance in a Scripted Series:
Best Male Performance in a Scripted Series:
Best Ensemble Cast in a New Scripted Series: "I May Destroy You" (Ensemble Cast: Michaela Coel, Paapa Essiedu, Wruche Opia, Stephen Wight)