Posted Feb 28 2016

And The Spirit Award Goes To - A More Diverse Bunch Than That Other Lot

‘Twas the night before Oscar, and all through a tent on Santa Monica beach…The 31st Independent Spirit Awards were busy being both more diverse, and in favour of Spotlight. McCarthy’s paedo priest investigation landed Best Picture, Director, Screenplay, Editing, and the Robert Altman Award for Best Ensemble. Now, whilst this is obviously too late to have an impact on the Academy Awards tonight, it’s worth noting that for the last two years – with Birdman and 12 Years A Slave – the Spirits and the Oscars have been hand in hand.

Elsewhere, Brie Larson picked up what is likely to be her penultimate award of the season, and issues of diversity were addressed in a double win for Beasts Of No Nation, with Idris Elba picking up Best Supporting and young Abraham Attah named Best Actor. Transgender Mya Taylor landed Best Supporting Actress for Tangerine, and Emma Donoghue nabbed Best First Screenplay for Room. Edward Lachman also walked away with Best Cinematography for his beautiful work on Carol.

Here are all the key winners -


Best Feature


Best Director

Tom McCarthy, Spotlight 

Best Screenplay
Tom McCarthy & Josh Singer, Spotlight 


Best First Feature

The Diary of a Teenage Girl 

Best First Screenplay
Emma Donoghue, Room


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
Mya Taylor, Tangerine 


Best Documentary
The Look of  Silence


Best International Film
Son of Saul


Best Cinematography



Best Editing



John Cassavetes Award (Best Feature Under $500,000)

Robert Altman Award (Best Ensemble)




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