winners//31st FILM INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARDS

AWARDS COVERAGE



Traditionally for the past 31 years, Film Independent celebrates independent cinema with the annual Spirit Awards. The laid back ceremony, held in a tent on the beach in Santa Monica, has only recently become an important Oscar precursor as independent cinema continues to stake claim to mainstream acclaim.

Complete list of winners:

BEST FEATURE

Spotlight
(Open Road Films)

BEST DIRECTOR

Tom McCarthy
Spotlight

BEST MALE LEAD

Abraham Attah
Beasts of No Nation

BEST FEMALE LEAD

Brie Larson
Room

BEST SUPPORTING MALE

Idris Elba
Beasts of No Nation

BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE

Mys Taylor
Tangerine

BEST SCREENPLAY

Tom McCarthy, Josh Singer
Spotlight

BEST FIRST FEATURE

Marielle Heller
The Diary of a Teenage Girl

BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY

Emma Donoghue
Room

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Ed Lachman
Carol

BEST EDITING

Tom McArdle
Spotlight

BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM

Son of Saul
(Hungary - Sony Pictures Classics)

BEST DOCUMENTARY

The Look of Silence
(Drafthouse Films/Participant Media)

JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD
(For best feature made under $500,000)

Krisha
(A24)

ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD

Spotlight

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