March 25, 2017

Winners at the Spirit Awards include a “Moonlight” sweep


Before we get back to the Academy Awards and what exactly happened there, and I promise we will, that big weekend also had a non Oscar ceremony that Moonlight triumphed at. Yes, let us quickly go back and take a glance at the Film Independent Spirit Awards. That was where Moonlight did even better, winning everywhere that it was nominated. That was slightly unexpected, though in light of the Academy Award results, perhaps shouldn’t have been. Regardless, it was a history making weekend and one that independent cinema should have been proud of. As such, the Independent Spirit Awards deserve a tip of the cap too.

The Spirit Awards went up and down the line for Barry Jenkins’ film, giving Moonlight a big sweep before it pulled the Oscar upset. You’ll see all of its wins below, as well as a horse of a different color with the Razzie results, but just spend a moment comparing the Spirit and Oscar results. Not only did they ultimately match in Best Picture (besides, you know…that moment), they did in Best Director for Jenkins, as well as Best Screenplay (Moonlight took Adapted at the Oscars), and Best Actor, which went to Casey Affleck for Manchester by the Sea. Another match was in Best Documentary Feature, which was taken by O.J.: Made in America. Not bad for The Academy and Film Independent, right?


Here now are all the winners of the Independent Spirit Awards:

Best Feature – Moonlight

Best Director – Barry Jenkins for Moonlight

Best First Feature – The Witch

Best Male Lead – Casey Affleck for Manchester by the Sea

Best Female Lead – Isabelle Huppert for Elle

Best Supporting Male – Ben Foster for Hell or High Water

Best Supporting Female – Molly Shannon for Other People

Best Screenplay – Moonlight

Best First Screenplay – The Witch

Best International Film – Toni Erdmann

Best Documentary Feature – O.J.: Made in America

Best Cinematography – Moonlight

Best Editing – Moonlight

John Cassavetes Award – Spa Night

20th Annual Piaget Producers Award – Jordana Mollick

23rd Annual Kiehl’s Someone to Watch Award – Anna Rose Holmer for The Fits

22nd True Than Fiction Award – Nanfu Wang for Hooligan Sparrow


As promised too, for a quick lighthearted bonus, here is also how the Razzie Awards turned out this year:

Worst Picture
“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”
“Dirty Grandpa”
“Gods of Egypt”
“Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party” – WINNER
“Independence Day: Resurgence”
“Zoolander No. 2”

Worst Actor
Ben Affleck – “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”
Gerard Butler – “Gods of Egypt & London Has Fallen”
Henry Cavill – “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”
Robert De Niro – “Dirty Grandpa”
Dinesh D’Souza [as Himself] – “Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party” – WINNER
Ben Stiller – “Zoolander No. 2”

Worst Actress
Megan Fox – “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows”
Tyler Perry – “Boo! A Madea Halloween”
Julia Roberts – “Mother’s Day”
Becky Turner [as Hillary Clinton] – “Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party” – WINNER
Naomi Watts – “Divergent Series: Allegiant & Shut-In”
Shailene Woodley – “Divergent Series: Allegiant”

Worst Supporting Actress
Julianne Hough – “Dirty Grandpa”
Kate Hudson – “Mother’s Day”
Aubrey Plaza – “Dirty Grandpa”
Jane Seymour – “Fifty Shades of Black”
Sela Ward – “Independence Day: Resurgence”
Kristen Wiig – “Zoolander No. 2” – WINNER

Worst Supporting Actor
Nicolas Cage – “Snowden”
Johnny Depp – “Alice Through the Looking Glass”
Will Ferrell – “Zoolander No. 2”
Jesse Eisenberg – “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” – WINNER
Jared Leto – “Suicide Squad”
Owen Wilson – “Zoolander No. 2”

Worst Screen Combo
Ben Affleck & His BFF (Baddest Foe Forever) Henry Cavill – “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” – WINNER
Any 2 Egyptian Gods or Mortals – “Gods of Egypt”
Johnny Depp & His Vomitously Vibrant Costume – “Alice Through the Looking Glass”
The Entire Cast of Once Respected Actors – “Collateral Beauty”
Tyler Perry & That Same Old Worn Out Wig – “Boo! A Madea Halloween”
Ben Stiller and His BFF (Barely Funny Friend) Owen Wilson – “Zoolander No. 2”

Worst Director
Dinesh D’Souza and Bruce Schooley – “Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party” – WINNER
Roland Emmerich – “Independence Day: Resurgence”
Tyler Perry – “Boo! A Madea Halloween”
Alex Proyas – “Gods of Egypt”
Zack Snyder – “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”
Ben Stiller – “Zoolander No. 2”

Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-Off, or Sequel
“Alice Through the Looking Glass”
“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice: Dawn of Justice” – WINNER
“Fifty Shades of Black”
“Independence Day: Resurgence”
“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows”
“Zoolander No. 2”

Worst Screenplay
“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” – WINNER
“Dirty Grandpa”
“Gods of Egypt”
“Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party”
“Independence Day: Resurgence”
“Suicide Squad”

Stay tuned for much more on Moonlight’s big weekend!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He also contributes to several other film-related websites.

Follow us

Breaking Hollywood News   


UPDATES BY EMAIL

Comments are closed.