‘Spotlight’ is the big winner at the Independent Spirit Awards

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The night before it would go on to win Best Picture at the Oscars, Spotlight wound up having a great night at the Spirit Awards. Yes, Tom McCarthy’s film all but swept the Spirits, beating back what originally seemed like a strong challenge from Todd Haynes’ Carol, not to mention Sean Baker’s Tangerine and Cary Fukunaga’s Beasts of No Nation. Personally, I’m thrilled that Spotlight won here, but it appeared originally like it was an awards show tailor made for Carol. Go figure. It was a night that would mirror the Academy in more ways than one ultimately, so let’s take a look…

Obviously, it was a very good night for Spotlight, perhaps its best all season long. Not only did it take Best Feature, but McCarthy won Best Director as well as Best Screenplay, which he of course shares with Josh Singer. The film took Best Film Editing here and was previously announced as the Robert Altman Award winner too, making for a strong haul. Brie Larson also saw her Academy Award win foreshadowed here with A Best Female Lead win for Room. The aforementioned Beasts of No Nation, Carol, and Tangerine all picked up wins as well, so very few of the major contenders went home empty handed. It was an eclectic group, as is always the case with the Spirits.

Here are all of the winners from the Film Independent Spirit Awards:

BEST FEATURE

Anomalisa
Beasts of No Nation
Carol
***WINNER: Spotlight
Tangerine

BEST DIRECTOR

Sean S. Baker – Tangerine
Cary Fukunaga – Beasts of No Nation
Todd Haynes – Carol
Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson – Anomalisa
***WINNER: Tom McCarthy – Spotlight
David Robert Mitchell – It Follows

BEST SCREENPLAY
***WINNER: Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer – Spotlight
Charlie Kaufman – Anomalisa
Donald Margulies – The End of the Tour
Phyllis Nagy – Carol
S. Craig Zahler – Bone Tomahawk

BEST FIRST FEATURE
***WINNER: The Diary of a Teenage Girl
James White
Manos Sucias
Mediterranea
Songs My Brothers Taught Me

BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY

***WINNER: Emma Donoghue – Room
Jesse Andrews – Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
Joseph Carpignano – Mediterranea
Marielle Heller – The Diary of a Teenage Girl
John Magary, Russell Harbaugh and Myna Joseph – The Mend

BEST MALE LEAD

Christopher Abbott – James White
***WINNER: Abraham Attah – Beasts of No Nation
Ben Mendelsohn – Mississippi Grind
Jason Segel – The End of the Tour
Koudous Seihon – Mediterranea

BEST FEMALE LEAD

Cate Blanchett – Carol
***WINNER: Brie Larson – Room
Rooney Mara – Carol
Bel Powley – The Diary of a Teenage Girl
Kitana Kiki Rodriguez – Tangerine

BEST SUPPORTING MALE

***WINNER: Idris Elba – Beasts of No Nation
Kevin Corrigan – Results
Paul Dano – Love & Mercy
Richard Jenkins – Bone Tomahawk
Michael Shannon – 99 Homes

BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE

Robin Bartlett – H.
Marin Ireland – Glass Chin
Jennifer Jason Leigh – Anomalisa
Cynthia Nixon – James White
***WINNER Mya Taylor – Tangerine

BEST DOCUMENTARY

***WINNER: The Look of Silence
Best of Enemies
Heart of a Dog
Meru
The Russian Woodpecker
(T)ERROR

BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM

***WINNER: Son of Saul
Embrace of the Serpent
Girlhood
Mustang
A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

***WINNER: Ed Lachman – Carol
Cary Fukunaga – Beasts of No Nation
Michael Gioulakis – It Follows
Reed Morano – Meadowland
Joshua James Richards – Songs My Brothers Taught Me

BEST EDITING

***WINNER: Tom McArdle – Spotlight
Ronald Bronstein and Benny Safdie – Heaven Knows What
Nathan Nugent – Room
Julio Perez IV – It Follows
Kristan Sprague – Manos Sucias

JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD

***WINNER: Krisha
Advantageous
Christmas, Again
Heaven Knows What
Out of My Hand

ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD FOR BEST ENSEMBLE

***WINNER: Spotlight

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Congrats to all of the winners here!

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.

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