Call Me By Your Name by Luca Guadagnino leads the way at the 2018 edition of the Independent Spirit Awards with six nominations for Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor (Timothee Chalamet), Best Supporting Actor (Armie Hammer), Best Editing and Best Photography. Call Me By Your Name is due to hit Italian cinemas on 8 February after a long and triumphant journey at the major international film festivals, including Sundance, Berlin, Toronto, Sydney, San Sebastian, London and Rio de Janeiro. Out in American cinemas this week, the film has been celebrated by international critics, with Rolling Stone describing it as "a new classic that will send you into ecstasy, one of the best films of the year...," and Hollywood Reporter calling it a serious contender for the Academy Awards. 

This year the Spirit Awards – considered by some to be the precursor to the Oscars – sees a considerable European presence among its nominations. In addition to Guadagnino, Jonas Carpignano stands out for being nominated for Best Director with A Ciambra, the film set to represent Italy in this year's Oscar race.

The awards ceremony is due to be held on 3 March in Santa Monica.