Weird that Lady Bird didn't get a nomination for Best First Feature.
I was wondering about that... I suppose it's because she co-directed a movie with Swanberg before so that makes her inelligable (despite so many entertainment news outlets stating "Gerwig's directorial debut" in their articles/reviews).
Re: Independent Spirit => Nice that they embraced Get Out so fully, curious to see if the film does well in the rest of the season. Presumably it'll get in at various critics awards at least.
I'm always interested in the idea of a recency bias. I've seen a few websites wonder if Get Out or Dunkirk had come out later in the year, would their position in these awards campaigns/nominations change. I'm sure they'll both do well, but as for how well- I think Dunkirk would stand a better chance, while Get Out benefited from being released in February when nothing else was there to take attention away from it.