Winners // 34th INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARDS

This won't be a repeat year for the Spirit Awards and the Oscars.



It wasn't that long ago when the Spirit Awards gave eventual Oscar winners a sort-of dress rehearsal for acceptance speeches. Traditionally, the Spirit Awards take place the evening before the Oscars, but instead of being in a stuffy theater, the ceremony is held under a big tent on Santa Monica Beach.


The acceptance speeches are lighthearted. The winners are definitely a little more spirited. This year, If Beale Street Could Talk took home the top prize. It's not even nominated for Best Picture at the oscars.


In recent years, the winner of the Spirit Awards' top prize went on to take home the Oscar. Films like Moonlight and Birdman served both voting bodies well. Either with the new focus on diversity, the voting system, or the wide range of films offered these days, that rapport has swiftly changed.


Hosted by Aubrey Plaza, the 34th Spirit Awards honored a few winners that are frontrunners for the Oscars, bt the most memorable moments came from winners who will count the Spirit Awards as their last stop this season.


In order to be eligible for the awards, a film must be produced in the U.S. for less than $20 million.


FULL LIST OF WINNERS:


BEST FEATURE


IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK


BEST DIRECTOR


Barry Jenkins

IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK


BEST FIRST FEATURE


SORRY TO BOTHER YOU

Boots Riley


BEST MALE LEAD


Ethan Hawke

FIRST REFORMED


BEST FEMALE LEAD


Glenn Close

THE WIFE


BEST SUPPORTING MALE ACTOR


Richard E. Grant

CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME?


BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE ACTOR


Regina King

IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK


BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY


SUSPIRIA

Sayombhu Mukdeeprom


BEST SCREENPLAY


CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME?

Nicole Holofcener, Jeff Whitty


BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY


EIGHTH GRADE

Bo Burnham


BEST EDITING


YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE

Joe Bini


BEST DOCUMENTARY


WON'T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR?


BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM


ROMA

(Mexico)


THE TRUER THAN FICTION AWARD


MINDING THE GAP

Bing Liu


PRODUCERS AWARD


Shrihari Sathe


THE SOMEONE TO WATCH AWARD


SOCRATES

Alex Moratto


THE BONNIE AWARD


Debra Granik


ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD


SUSPIRIA

Director: Luca Guadagnino

Casting Directors: Avy Kaufman, Stella Savino

Ensemble Cast: Malgosia Bela, Ingrid Caven, Lutz Ebersdorf, Elena Fokina, Mia Goth, Jessica Harper, Dakota Johnson, Gala Moody, Chloe Grace Moretz, Renee Soutendijk, Tilda Swinton, Sylvie Testud, Angela Winkler

© 2018 by Scottie Knollin.

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