Spotlight is on the hunt for big prizes at the Academy Awards on Sunday, but the film already took home some hardware this weekend. The film won Best Feature at Saturday’s Film Independent Spirit Awards, while director Tom McCarthy won Best Director and shared a victory in the Screenplay category with his co-writer Josh Singer.
For more than three decades, the Spirit Awards have honored independent films in a modest ceremony, usually held on the beach at Santa Monica the day before the Oscars. Winning at the Spirits doesn’t necessarily mean much for a film’s Oscar chances – studio films are excluded, whatever “studio” means in the age of Netflix. But the awards show, broadcast on IFC, had undeniable added resonance this year. In the moment of #OscarsSoWhite, three of the four acting prizes went to non-white performers: Abraham Attah and Idris Elba for Beasts of No Nation, and Mya Taylor for Tangerine.
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Here is the complete list of winners from Saturday’s awards presentation:
Best Feature: Spotlight
Best Director: Tom McCarthy, Spotlight
Best Female Lead: Brie Larson, Room
Best Male Lead: Abraham Attah, Beasts of No Nation
Best Supporting Female: Mya Taylor, Tangerine
Best Supporting Male: Idris Elba, Beasts of No Nation
Best Cinematography: Ed Lachman, Carol
Best International Film: Son of Saul
Best Screenplay: Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer, Spotlight
Best Documentary: The Look of Silence
Best Editing: Tom McArdle, Spotlight
Best First Feature: Marielle Heller, The Diary of a Teenage Girl
Best First Screenplay: Emma Donoghue, Room
John Cassavetes Award: Krisha
Robert Altman Award: Spotlight