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Film Independent Spirit Awards 2016: Winners: SPOTLIGHT, BEASTS OF NO NATION, ROOM

Michael Keaton Mark Ruffalo Rachel McAdams Liev Schrieber Spotlight

Spotlight, Beasts of No Nation, Room, and the other nominations of the 2016 Film Independent Spirit Awards have been announced. The 31th Annual Film Independent Spirit Awards “are awards dedicated to independent filmmakers…The Independent Spirit Awards are presented by Film Independent, a non-profit organization dedicated to independent film and independent filmmakers.”

We previously published the nominations here:

Spotlight dominated the Spirit awards this year with four wins, including Best Feature and Best Director. I was very happy to see Beasts of No Nation getting some of the recognition that the film deserves, especially in the acting department. I was surprised that Carol won for Best Cinematography. Carol was well-shot but I don’t believe it had the finest cinematography out of all the films nominated this year.

The full list winners for the 2016 Film Independent Spirit Awards winners:

Best Feature: Spotlight (Open Road Films)
Producers: Blye Pagon Faust, Steve Golin, Nicole Rocklin, Michael Sugar

Best Director: Tom McCarthy, Spotlight (Open Road Films)

Best Screenplay: Tom McCarthy, Josh Singer, Spotlight (Open Road Films)

Best First Feature: The Diary of a Teenage Girl (Sony Pictures Classics)
Director: Marielle Heller
Producers: Miranda Bailey, Anne Carey, Bert Hamelinck, Madeline Samit

Best First Screenplay: Emma Donoghue, Room (A24)

John Cassavetes Award (For best feature made under $500,000): Krisha (A24)
Writer/Director/Producer: Trey Edward Shults
Producers: Justin R. Chan, Chase Joliet, Wilson Smith
Best Supporting Female: Mya Taylor,Tangerine (Magnolia Pictures)

Best Supporting Male: Idris Elba, Beasts of No Nation (Bleecker Street/Netflix)

Best Female Lead: Brie Larson, Room (A24)
Best Male Lead: Abraham Attah, Beasts of No Nation (Bleecker Street/Netflix)

Robert Altman Award: Spotlight (Open Road Films)
Director: Tom McCarthy
Casting Directors: Kerry Barden, Paul Schnee
Ensemble Cast: Billy Crudup, Michael Cyril Creighton, Paul Guilfoyle, Neal Huff, Brian d’Arcy James, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo, Liev Schreiber, Jamey Sheridan, John Slattery, Stanley Tucci

Best Cinematography: Ed Lachman, Carol (The Weinstein Company)
Best Editing: Tom McArdle, Spotlight (Open Road Films)

Best International Film: Son of Saul (Hungary – Sony Pictures Classics)
Director: László Nemes

Best Documentary: The Look of Silence (Drafthouse Films/Participant Media)
Director: Joshua Oppenheimer
Producer: Signe Byrge Sørensen


5 Open Road Films
3 A24
2 Bleecker Street/Netflix
2 Sony Pictures Classics
1 Drafthouse Films/Participant Media
1 Magnolia Pictures
1 The Weinstein Company

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